words by Ryan Schleicher
So we told you yesterday that we have a ton of stuff going on this week. Consider this edition of the newsletter the “Holy Crap is Peck School of the Arts Cool” delivery. Starting tonight, the Peck School kicks off four nights of music you hear nowhere else in Milwaukee other than on WMSE. Think a combination of WMSE’s Dr. Sushi, Hal Rammel, Modern Chamber with a little Rick Israel, Mary Bartlein and Brian J’s World Music Mondays mixed in for good measure. Here are all four evening’s performances (honestly, this writer isn’t smart enough to talk about these artists so we’re taking advantage of CTRL C and CTRL V for these descriptions.
Tonight: Vogel Hall – Yarn/Wire, 7:30 p.m.
New York City ensemble Yarn/Wire presents music for two pianists and two percussionists, featuring works by David Franzson, Mei-Fang Lin, and Alex Mincek, as well as new compositions written for the group by UWM faculty and graduate students.
Friday: Vogel Hall – David Bithell – A Theater of Sound, 7:30pm
Before we tell you about this one, know that WMSE Station Manager Tom Crawford will be hosting a talk-back following this performance. Composer/performer David Bithell is devoted to the exploration of the intersection between experimental music and theater. Together with members of Yarn/Wire, he presents an evening blending live performance, video, staging, music technology, and improvisation to create abstract narratives that balance between the tragic and comic.
Saturday: Vogel Hall – Christopher Adler – New Musical Geographies, 7:30 p.m.
New Musical Geographies is a recital of contemporary and traditional music for khaen, the bamboo mouth organ of Laos and Northeast Thailand. Christopher Adler is the world’s leading innovator on this elegant traditional instrument. His recital features new works he has commissioned from composers including Sidney Marquez Boquiren, Jeff Herriott and David Loeb, presented along with traditional music from Laos and Thailand.
Christopher Adler will also be presenting a preview of his Saturday night Unruly Music concert earlier that day at Kenilworth Open Studios (which we tell you about below). His performance at Kenilworth Open Studios will take place from 1-1:30pm on the Inova Mainstage, located on the first floor of the Kenilworth Square East Building. More info about the event can be found at arts.uwm.edu/kos.
Sunday: Vogel Hall – Andrew McIntosh, 7:30 p.m. Outstanding Los Angeles composer/performer Andrew McIntosh presents a program of contemporary works for solo violin and viola. The evening includes selections from John Cage’s dazzlingly virtuosic “Freeman Etudes”, compositions exploring just intonation by Marc Sabat, and György Ligeti’s charming “Sonata for Solo Viola”.
On top of Unruly Music, the Peck School is also holding an amazing event on Saturday.
Saturday: Kenilworth Square East (1925 E. Kenilworth) – Kenilworth Open Studios, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
This event might be Milwaukee’s best event you might not have heard of. Experience three hours and five floors of art exhibitions, film screenings, music, theatre and dance performances, demonstrations and hands-on activities for all ages. We usually don’t just tell you to go check out the website, but go check out the website for the event. Each artistic discipline mentioned above has its own tab that links to a full schedule of events. There’s just so much cool stuff. For example, looking only at the Art & Design facet of the event, there is a Skype projection of woodfire kiln at UW-Waukesha, screen-printing workshops, interactive video, jewelry and metal-smithing student work, sand painting, a juried undergraduate painting and drawing exhibition, and MUCH more. So yeah, go check out the website.