Formations is a monthly music series dedicated to fostering the growth of new and improvised music in Milwaukee.
Hal Rammel and Linda Binder perform as PaVda, a freely improvising duo based in southeastern Wisconsin. The soundscapes they create using unusual combinations of rarely heard instruments have been described as “ethereal”, “expansive”, "unusual", “unique”. Initially, playing together on palette, (Pa), an instrument of Hal Rammel’s invention, and viola d’amore (Vda), they have continued exploring, and expanding their sound incorporating saw, waterphones, and electronics, in both freely improvised and structured improvisations, as well incorporating visual elements. PaVda has released recordings of their music on bandcamp under the Fieldstone label. Hal and Linda are pleased to be returning to the Formations Series at Woodland Pattern.
Selections from Mark Mantel's VIBE SERIES
with Steve Nelson-Raney & Jason Wietlispach
Mark Mantel - accompanied by Steve Nelson-Raney & Jason Wietlispach - will perform a piece from his Vibe Series, a collection of improvised or minimally scored works specifically created for the vibraphone, often with other percussion, electronics, and texts incorporated.
Interdisciplinary composer Mark Mantel’s music explores the creation and layering of dense musical materials derived from physical models, text-driven and real-time live electronic elements, "found-objects", and theatre and theatrical elements. He has written for dance, experimental theatre, multimedia, cross-disciplinary collaborations, and the orchestra, and has curated a number of interdisciplinary performances of his own music, including producing his anti-war Machine Gun series. He is currently working on an opera, 2100, involving multiple stages, film, video sculpture, and multiple ensembles concerned with the Industrial Revolution, automation, and the precarious nature of humanity.