words by Ryan Schleicher
We have no idea how to accurately represent what is going to happen this weekend with Death Blues, so let’s just present how Alverno Presents is describing the experience: “Presence. It’s about more than what happens in the here and now. It’s about the unique quality of spirit that animates the moment. Jon Mueller’s Death Blues (No Time Like The Present) digs into the core of this moment. It’s about music, because Jon is an eminent composer and percussionist, known for his work with members of Swans, Wilco, and Bon Iver; his founding the groups Pele, Collections of Colonies of Bees, and Volcano Choir; and his collaborations with Rhys Chatham, Z’EV and more. But it is also about all the senses— taste, scent, touch, as well as sight and sound— that make us present and alive to the moment.
To illustrate this, he is collaborating with choreographer Molly Shanahan, designer Dylan Schleicher (who is turning the Pitman Theatre into a labyrinth), musicians from Group of the Altos, Field Report, Testa Rosa, and more, and pop-up restaurateurs And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Crumbs. (Yes, there will be food.) It’s an intimate and all-encompassing experience— so intimate and all-encompassing that only 100 people may be present at each performance.”
Death Blues (No Time Like the Present) takes place at 8 p.m. this Friday and Saturday, November 16th and 17th at Alverno’s Pitman Theatre. Tune into WMSE this Thursday, November 15th at 2 p.m. CST to hear details on the project and event from Mueller — WMSE.org to stream live (or in the archives) or tune your radio into 91.7 FM in the Milwaukee area.