• 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
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readings & workshops
April 6 - Jun 27

Book Club: Readshops led by Karl Gartung

readings & workshops
July 3 - Jun 30

Dhamma MKE

readings & workshops
October 22 - Jun 24

Welcome Home!: A Veterans Writing Group

readings & workshops
February 2 -23

Three Windows into Writing and Revising a Poem with Kathleen A. Dale

exhibitions
February 11 - Apr 5

Tarot: The (Re)Making of a Language

performances
February 20

Formations Series for New and Improvised Music

readings & workshops
February 26

Poetry Reading: Jennifer Elise Foerster + Zoë Johnson

readings & workshops
February 26

Seeing in Invisibility: Poetry as revelation at UWM Libraries Special Collections

readings & workshops
February 27

Urban Echo Poets

readings & workshops
February 29

Visionary Narratives: A Workshop in Drawing Inspiration with Laurence Ross.

exhibitions
February 29

Reception for Tarot: The (Re)Making of a Language

readings & workshops
March 1 -29

On the Front Lines, Behind the Lines: Writing Protest Poetry with Margaret Rozga.

film & video
March 6

aCinema Screening

readings & workshops
March 12

Creative Confluence: Research for Hybrid Writing, a conversation with Heid E. Erdrich

readings & workshops
March 12

Poetry Reading: Heid E. Erdrich

readings & workshops
March 14

Poetry & Pi(e) featuring Vida Cross + Chuck Stebelton

performances
March 19

Formations Series for New and Improvised Music

readings & workshops
March 20

Poetry Reading: Mark Bibbins + Elizabeth Hoover

readings & workshops
March 26

Poetry Reading: Eli Goldblatt + Charles Alexander

readings & workshops
March 28

Poetry Reading: Tara Betts + Jennifer Steele

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

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

 

PaVda

 

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.