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readings & workshops
April 6 - Jun 27

Book Club: Readshops led by Karl Gartung

readings & workshops
July 3 - Dec 30

Dhamma MKE

readings & workshops
October 22 - Dec 31

Welcome Home!: A Veterans Writing Group

exhibitions
December 8 - Jan 25

To Sight's Limit

readings & workshops
December 12

Poetry Reading: Eric Baus & Siwar Masannat

readings & workshops
December 13

Reading: Milwaukee Queer Writing Project

special events
December 15 -15

Woodland Pattern's Annual Open House

performances
December 19

Formations Series for New and Improvised Music

December 23 - Jan 1

CLOSED

special events
January 25 -26

26th Annual Poetry Marathon and Benefit

Archived performances
May 13 Sunday, May 13
10:00am, $10 all day access | FREE entry for readers, and for those who pledge a reader for $40 or more

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.