Here at WMSE we’re settling into the end of the week –> weekend right, absorbing a little music on the experimental side, followed up with a savvy and enjoyable dose of the historical and golden era of the Blues. We dig musical diversity and this weekend, our fair city brings plenty of opportunities to revel in it.
Starting tonight, tap into the cutting edge musical world as the left and right brain meet to combine digital with analog during the Unruly Music fall festival. Earlier in the week, this particular Unruly Music’s director, composer Chris Burns stopped by Dr.Sushi’s Free Jazz BBQ program to speak about this weekend’s performers and the event, itself. Burns is not only a Milwaukee-based composer, but an improviser and multimedia artist whose chamber works are said to weave energetic gestures into densely layered surfaces, where polyphony and multiplicity meet in his electroacoustic music, embodied in “gritty, rough-hewn textures”.
According to festival organizers, this round of Unruly Music welcomes the following guests on the following dates:
Thursday, October 18:
Soprano Jamie Jordan presents a recital of works for voice and live electronics, featuring Kaija Saariaho’s “Lonh”, and a new piece by Wisconsin-based composer Andrew Seager Cole.
Friday, October 19:
Sarah Plum performs an evening of solo works and chamber music for violin, highlighting the music of Sidney Corbett, as well as Matthew Burtner’s (dis)Appearances for violin, electric violin, and computer violin.
Saturday, October 20:
The Spektral Quartet presents George Crumb’s gripping anti-war statement “Black Angels”, plus recent string quartets by Thomas Ades and Hans Thomalla.
Focusing even further on Friday, the Milwaukee Rep begins its run of the Tony-nominated musical Blues In The Night, where the Stackner Cabaret will be home to a 1930’s-era story which chronicles the era through classics from Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Bessie Smith and more. Circling the lives of four inhabitants of a Chicago saloon (played by Carl Clemons-Hopkins, Zonya Love, Halle Morse and Lili Thomas), Blues In the Night sings their stories through the most memorable musical moments of pathos of the genre.
Need more details? Visit WMSE.org to easily find linked info on these events and more.