• Address 720 East Locust Street | Milwaukee, WI 53212
  • Phone 414.263.5001
  • Hours Tue-Fri 11-8pm | Sat-Sun 12-5pm | Closed Mon
  • Hours Tue-Fri 11-8pm, Sat-Sun 12-5pm, Closed Mon
Event Calendar
readings & workshops
March 22

Community Conversation About The Round House 

special events
March 24

Anne Kingsbury passes the torch to our new directors!

readings & workshops
March 28

Poetry Reading: Sherwin Bitsui & Bojan Louis

readings & workshops
March 29

Urban Echo Poets

readings & workshops
April 4

Creative Open Mic “Show Your Love of the River” Sharing & Member Meeting

film & video
April 6

aCinema Screening

readings & workshops
April 11

Poetry Reading: Luci Tapahonso and Margaret Noodin

readings & workshops
April 14

Kundiman Midwest Chapbook Series: Lo Kwa Mei-en

readings & workshops
April 17

Poetry Reading and Conversation with Roberto Harrison @ Brown Deer Public Library

April 19

Alash Ensemble

April 21

Woman: Frailty Thy Name, works by Renee Baker

April 22

ACL presents Renee Baker Quartet, Visual Dark Scratch Suite

readings & workshops
May 2

Poetry Reading: Rena Priest

May 13

Alternating Currents Live presents The Bridge

readings & workshops
May 16

Kundiman Midwest Chapbook Series Noel Pabillo Mariano

May 17

Formations Series for New & Improvised Music

readings & workshops
May 24

Poetry Reading: Urban Echo Poets

Archived performances
Feb 18 Thursday, February 18
7:00pm, Pay What You Can

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.