• 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
Oct 30 Sunday, October 30
7:00pm, $Give What You Can

 

Tickets still available at the door. Seating is limited! 

 

Wadada Leo Smith - Trumpet  

John Lindberg - Double Bass

 

Join us as Wadada Leo Smith & John Lindberg's Celestial Weather tour comes to Milwaukee courtesy of Alternating Currents Live and New Music USA. Smith & Lindberg have been performing music together for thirty-eight years, having first worked together as members of Anthony Braxton's Creative Music Orchestra in 1978.

 

They started performing as a duet in 1990, and have since given myriad worldwide performances in this context. Their music features original compositions by both artists, as well as co-composed works. The deep knowledge and understanding of each other’s artistic voices, gained from continually working together and developing a deep friendship over decades, has created an environment where their performances together offer an utterly unique musical experience. They share a dedication to creating and utilizing vital structures and systems that are compelling formats for spontaneous development and improvisational journeys.

 

Additionally, they have been integral parts of one another's larger ensemble projects over the decades, perhaps most notably documented on such recordings as Lindberg’s The Catbird SingsA Tree Frog Tonality, and The Great Lakes Suites; and the Pulitzer Prize nominated Ten Freedom Summers by Smith.

 

In 2015, Smith & Lindberg released Celestial Weather Suite, on TUM Records. This production of their duet music has met with substantial critical acclaim:


 

“Telepathy is an all too common catch-word for close musical interplay, but seems an entirely justified descriptor in this context.” - Derek Taylor, Dusted Magazine

 

Celestial Weather is an open discourse between two musicians who have mastered their respective instruments to the point of literally giving them an emotive voice of their own.” - Karl Ackermann, allaboutjazz

 

“This is such a perfectly suited twosome, a partnership so attuned and steeped in mutuality that it offers a beautiful window on both of them individually, as well as being something all its own.”

- John Corbett, DownBeat Magazine

 

“The trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith and the bassist john Lindberg have been associates in the jazz avant-garde for over 35 years … Celestial Weather is a work that underscores the acuity of their rapport.” - Nate Chinen, The New York Times

 

John Lindberg & Wadada Leo Smith: Celestial Weather Midwest Duets was supported by New Music USA, through a generous contribution from Joseph A. and Nancy Meli Walker.