• 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
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 22

ACL presents Renee Baker Quartet, Visual Dark Scratch Suite

April 22

Woman: Frailty Thy Name, works by Renee Baker

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
Apr 21 Thursday, April 21
7:00pm, Pay 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.