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Event Calendar
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exhibitions
September 12 - Oct 3

Exhibition: Diana Barrie and Pamela Barrie

readings & workshops
September 26

Poetry Reading: Peter Gizzi

readings & workshops
October 3

Poetry Reading: Joshua Beckman

readings & workshops
October 6

Ugly Duckling Presse: 25th Anniversary Celebration

exhibitions
October 6 - Sep 28

Exhibition - Ugly Duckling Presse: 25th Anniversary Celebration

performances
October 7

Alternating Currents Live: Tandem Trio

readings & workshops
October 7

Writing in the Fold: A Bookmaking & Writing Workshop with Matvei Yankelevich

readings & workshops
October 10

Community Reading: An Evening with the Wednesday Writers

readings & workshops
October 11

Poetry Reading: Tom Pickard and Mike Hauser

readings & workshops
October 12

Alms for the Bored Book Release + Cheap Wine Potluck

readings & workshops
October 14

Poetry Reading: Ken Taylor and J. Peter Moore

performances
October 18

Formations Series for New & Improvised Music

readings & workshops
October 20

Poetry Reading: Soham Patel and Lauren Russell 

readings & workshops
October 25

Poetry Reading: Urban Echo Poets

readings & workshops
October 28

Poetry Reading: Kathleen A. Dale, Louisa Loveridge Gallas, Judith Harway, and Bill Murtaugh

readings & workshops
November 30

Poetry Reading: Anna Vitale and Daniel Owen

film & video
December 14

Film Screening: Riverwest Film & Video by Emir Cakaroz

Archived performances
Apr 21 Thursday, April 21
7:00pm, Give What You Can

Formations is a monthly music series dedicated to fostering the growth of new and improvised music in Milwaukee.


Wilhelm Matthies

Wilhelm will offer musical and visual cyclical variations running in parallel, not to illustrate each other, but to engage in comparing and contrasting how this process can operate on various levels. Photo poems in cyclical variations will be shown in parallel with related improvised music played on Wilhelm Matthies’ instrument the mosesa7C.

 

One variation cycle will be “over the cliff, descending”, using photo poems by that name and musically exploring going up but mostly down the space of a cliff.

 

A second one will be “blue”, using a set of photo poems taken on the way to work, featuring dialogs between snow and ice melting on the window shield and passing trees, poles and lights; musically a mostly upward trend in pitch.

 

The final variation cycle will be “by the bend”, using a set of photo poems that explore the light and textures around a bend by a river; musically exploring the motif of flow and interruptions.

 

Wilhelm Matthies also creates free improvisations using internet collaborations with Paulo Chagas, John Daly, Matthias Boss, Stefan Schmidt, Guy-Frank Pellerin, Bird Paradigma, to name a few, and live with Jason Wietlispach, Hal Rammel, Mark Mantel, Paul Westfahl, Cody Steinmann, Rick Ollman, Jay Mollerskov, Rob Lundberg, Albert Wildeman, Julia Miller, Barry Paul Clark, Pat Reinholz, Nicholas Elart and Reid Karris.

 


 

Rick Ollman - clarinet, bass clarinet, flute

Jason Wietlispach - tenor saxophone, bass clarinet

Steve Nelson-Raney - soprano and sopranino saxophones

 

Three Milwaukee based reed players make collective improvisations that are subversive sonic and textural investigations filled with delicate whispers and full frontal assaults.