• 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
Apr 21 Thursday, April 21
7:00pm, $Give 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.