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