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  • Hours Tue-Fri 11-8pm | Sat-Sun 12-5pm | Closed Mon
  • Hours Tue-Fri 11-8pm, Sat-Sun 12-5pm, Closed Mon
Event Calendar
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special events
April 21

Join us for the 13th annual RIVERWEST FOLLIES variety show

performances
April 22

ACL presents Renee Baker Quartet, Visual Dark Scratch Suite

exhibitions
April 22

Woman: Frailty Thy Name, works by Renee Baker

readings & workshops
April 25

Reading: Toni Jensen

readings & workshops
April 26

Four Milwaukee Poets: Alix Anne Shaw with Annie Grizzle, Sam Pekarske & Bethany Price

readings & workshops
April 28

Wisconsin Reads: Reading with Louise Erdrich (video streamed to Woodland Pattern)

readings & workshops
May 2

Poetry Reading: Rena Priest and Denise Low

readings & workshops
May 2

Craft Talk with Denise Low at UWM

readings & workshops
May 10

Birds in Poetry at Urban Ecology Center

performances
May 13

Alternating Currents Live presents: The Transatlantic Bridge #11

readings & workshops
May 16

Kundiman Midwest Chapbook Series Noel Pabillo Mariano

performances
May 17

Formations Series for New & Improvised Music

readings & workshops
May 24

Poetry Reading: Urban Echo Poets

performances
June 3

ACL presents: Tom Hamilton & City of Vorticity

performances
May 13 Sunday, May 13
7:00pm, $6 members | $7 students/seniors | $8 general

This edition of The Bridge arrives in Milwaukee in a very concentrated formation, the remarkable long-standing duo of Joe McPhee and Daunik Lazro.

Daunik Lazro - saxophones

Joe McPhee - saxophones and trumpet

“It is through open improvisation that music occurs, welcoming lyricism as much as abstraction, the pulse that can neighbor silence, expressionism, or dream.” - Daunik Lazro

The French saxophonist Daunik Lazro combines a tart, piercing tone with a quick mind, and flexible philosophy of music-making. In the ’80s he played with many on the European improvised music scene, including bassist Jean-Jacques Avenel, cellist Tristan Honsinger, violinist Carlos Zingaro, saxophonist Evan Parker, trombonist George Lewis, bassist Joëlle Léandre and pianist Irène Schweizer. Duets with the American free improviser Joe McPhee are a 1991 discographical highlight. In 1995 he toured Europe in a triple threat combination with both McPhee and Evan Parker. In 2000, Lazro recorded “Zong Book,” a solo album on alto and baritone saxophones.

Joe McPhee is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, improviser, conceptualist and theoretician. He began playing the trumpet at age eight, taught by his father, himself a trumpet player. Clifford Thornton’s “Freedom and Unity” released in 1969 on the Third World label, is the first recording on which he appears as a side man. In 1968, inspired by the music of Albert Ayler, he took up the saxophone and began an active involvement in both acoustic and electronic music. In 1975, Swiss entrepreneur Werner X. Uehlinger started the Swiss label Hathut Records with the specific intent of showcasing Joe McPhee's music. In 1981, he met composer, accordionist, and educator Pauline Oliveros, whose theories of “deep listening” strengthened his interests in extended instrumental and electronic techniques. In the past few years he has performed on many memorable occasions at Milwaukee’s Sugar Maple with Ken Vandermark, Mats Gustafsson, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Michael Zerang and many others.