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HoBoLeMa on stage in Seattle on January 2, 2010.
Background information
GenresProgressive rock, jazz fusion
Years active2008-2017
Associated actsKing Crimson, UK, California Guitar Trio
MembersAllan Holdsworth
Terry Bozzio
Tony Levin
Pat Mastelotto

HoBoLeMa was an improvisational instrumental supergroup which consisted of Allan Holdsworth, Terry Bozzio, Tony Levin and Pat Mastelotto. The group toured Japan in November 2008, the West Coast of the United States in January 2010 and Europe in April and May 2010. The name "HoBoLeMa" comes from combining the first two letters of each of their last names.

HoBoLeMa performed shows without any written music, improvising multiple live sets with breaks in between. While most of the drums were improvised and acoustic in nature, Mastelotto used some electronic drums and audio samples, Bozzio performed on a large drum kit with several gongs, Levin played the unconventional Chapman Stick and an NS electric upright bass, while Holdsworth improvised jazz guitar solos and droning chords over the top.[1]

In January 2009, GuitarPlayer Magazine interviewed all four members of the group about the process of improvisation, and recorded three excerpts from a show in Oakland, California, and posted them online.[2]

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  1. ^ "Music review: Spontaneous composition and combustion". Santa Cruz Sentinel. Retrieved March 23, 2010.
  2. ^ "Guitar Player - Artist Video - HoBoLeMa". guitarplayer.com. Retrieved March 23, 2010.

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