James Falzone’s Early Music Festival, Sunday, September 27, at 7p.m.

James Falzone, clarinet

James Falzone, clarinet

Alternating Currents Live begins its 20th anniversary celebration this Sunday evening at 7 p.m. with a performance by James Falzone’s Early Music Festival

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Our thank you from the archive:

To all the musicians who have appeared at Woodland Pattern Book Center in the Alternating Currents Live series since 1995, we would like to offer our deepest appreciation for enriching our lives:

Jean Luc Cappozzo – Joelle Leandre – Douglas Ewart – Stine Janvin Motland – Ståle Liavik Solberg – Volcano Radar – Julia Miller – Rollo Razdford – Ernie Adams – Elbio Barilari -Mwata Bowden – Matthew Lux – Julian Desprez – Sourisseau – Edward Wilkerson Jr. –  Julia Miller – Preyas Roy – Harrison Bankhead – Jason Stein – Tomeka Reid – Mary Halvorsun – Tomas Fugiwara – Marquis Hill – Joachim Florent – Denis Fournier – Amy Cimini – Katherine Young – Syntjuntan – Ida Lunden – Ann Rosen – Lise-Lotte Norelius – Hanah Jon Taylor – Alex Wing – Ernest Khabeer Dawkins – Dushun Mosley – Tim Daisy – Jacques Demierre – Vincent Barras – VCDC  – Jason Adasiewicz – Americ Avice – Benjamin Sanz – Avreelal Ra – Jaap Blonk – Wolter Wierbos – Jason Stein – Greg Ward – Brian Labycz – James Falzone – Chakra Tuning – Rozanne Levine – Mark Whitecage – Rosi Hertlein – Perry Robinson – Jacques Demierre – Vincent Barras – Joshua Abrams – Lisa Alvarado – Jason Kahn – Jason Roebke – Saalik Ziyad – Tim Seisser – Urs Leimgruber –  Charlotte Hug – Jacques Demierre – Marilyn Crispell  – Ernest Dawkins – Carl Ludwig Hübsch – Wolter Wierbos – Matthias Schubert – Christopher Burns – David Collins – Greg Sturges – Urs Leimgruber – Edward Wilkerson – Brian Smith – Dushun Mosley – The Gold Watch Trio – Glenn Kotche – Carol Genetti – Olivia Block – Dave Rempis – Frode Gjerstad – Paal Nilssen-Love – Charlotte Hug – Christian Weber – Ravish Momin – Sam Bardfield – Brandon Terzic – Mike Reed – Joshua Abrams – Jason Adasiewez – Greg Ward – David Stackenäs – Tatsuya Nakatani – Keefe Jackson – Frank Rosaly – Anton Hatwich – Josh Berman – Olivia Block – Carol Genetti – Marc Unternaeher – Paal Nilssen-Love – Frode Gjerstad – Rene Baker – Tom Raworth – Cheryl Lynn Bruce – Tatsu Aoki – Edward Wilkerson – Henry Grimes – Assif Tsahar – Cooper-Moore – Mary Oliver – Hans Koch – Martin Schütz – Fredy Studer – Bhob Rainey – Jim Schoenecker – David Boykin – Evan Parker – Nicole Mitchell – Michael Bettine – David Boykin – Nicole Mitchell – Dave Rempis – Tim Daisy – Jason Ajemian – Nathaniel Mackey – Jeff Parker – Torsten Müller – Lol Coxhill – Paul Rutherford – Tim Mulvena – Jerome Noetinger – Lionel Marchetti – Peter Zummo – Jim Dorling – Liz Payne – Ben Vida – Kevin Drumm – Michael Colligan – Lotta Melin – Peter Brötzmann – Jon Mueller – Sandra Binion – Leroy Jenkins – Dylan van der Schyff – Thurman Barker  – Rob Schwimmer – James Emery – Thomas Gaudynski – Pauline Oliveros – Guillermo Gregorio – John Corbett – Terri Kapsalis – Rob Mazurek – Chad Taylor – Camilla Hoitenga – Fred Lonberg-Holm – Michael Castro – Terry Smirl – Don Linke – Scott Fields – Francois Houle – Jason Roebke – Polwechsel – Gene Coleman – Robin Holcomb – Fred Anderson – Harryette Mullen – Douglas Ewart – Ndikho Xaba – Ken Vandermark -Kent Kessler – Peter Coates – Peter Kowald – Richard Lerman – Thomas Lehn – Jim Baker – Fred Lonberg-Holm – Axel Dorner – Johannes Bauer – Jeb Bishop – Tom Hamilton – Rick Aaron – David Revill – John Butcher – Guy Klucevsek – Davey Williams – LaDonna Smith – David Grubbs – Carrie Biolo – Gene Coleman – Matt Turner – Scott Fields – Vincent Davis – Steve Nelson-Raney – Jim Baker – Ellsworth Snyder – Marilyn Crispell – Mats Gustafsson – Jaap Blonk – Luc Houtcamp -Hamid Drake – Michael Zerang – Lynn Book – Jim O’Rourke – Lou Mallozzi – Trio Tarana – Mike Reed’s Loose Assembly – Keefe Jackson’s Fast Citizens – Chicago-Luzern Exchange – Milwaukee Laptop Orchestra – Town and Country – Carl Ludwig Hübsch’s Longrun Development of the Universe – Hardcore Chamber Music

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Tickets and reservations for Fall 2015

Woodland Pattern has posted information about our 20th anniversary concert series here.

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Our 20th Anniversary Concert Series

Alternating Currents Live – Fall 2015  and Woodland Pattern Book Center celebrate 20 years of presenting new and creative music in Milwaukee.

Sunday, September 8, 7pm:

James Falzone’s Early Music Quartet

James Falzone (clarinet)
Jason Stein (bass clarinet)
Fred Lonberg-Holm (cello and electronics)
Frank Rosaly (drums and electronics)

James Falzone’s Early Music Quartet interprets music from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance through the filter of improvisation. This quartet, founded in 2010 for a performance at the inaugural Chicago Early Music Festival, features four of Chicago’s most intrepid improvisers all of whom have performed at Woodland Pattern in the past in an impressive variety of projects.

Sunday, November 1, 7pm:

Urs Leimgruber – soprano saxophone
Jacques Demierre – toy piano
Barre Phillips – double bass

This Milwaukee concert is part of a tour marking the 15th anniversary of the Urs Leimgruber, Jacques Demierre, Barre Phillips Trio and the 80th birthday of bassist Barre Phillips. Both Urs Leimgruber and Jacques Demierre have visited Woodland Pattern in the past. This is Barre Phillips first performance in Milwaukee though in his many decades of recording jazz and improvised music he is probably in just about everyone’s record collection and or on their turntable.

Sunday, November 8, 7pm:

In association with The Bridge – The Transatlantic Network of Creative Music

Harrison Bankhead – double bass
Benjamin Duboc – double bass
Jason Adasewiecz – vibraphone
Ramon Lopez – drums

Once again The Bridge – a Transatlantic Network for Creative Music unites a unique and stellar constellation of musical forces. Our good friends Harrison Bankhead and Hamid Drake return with two equally creative French improvisers: Benjamin Duboc and Ramon Lopez. Two drummers and two double basses convene to, in the words of The Bridge manifesto, “… to reinforce the links between the creative practices of distinct musical communities.”

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Sonic Communion: concert last night (May 10, 2015)







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Sonic Communion on Sunday, May 10, at 7pm!

TB1 mosaicAlternating Currents Live presents Sonic Communion [The Transatlantic Bridge #1] Sunday, May 10, 7 pm.


Douglas R. Ewart (reeds & winds)

Jean-Luc Cappozzo (trumpet & flugelhorn)

Joëlle Léandre (double bass)

Bernard Santacruz (double bass)

Michael Zerang (percussion).

“Sonic Communion (The Transatlantic Bridge) is a quintet of free spirits – living at the crossroads, seeking to liberate them – brought together by magnetic forces. On the French side, we find trumpet player Jean-Luc Cappozzo and bass players Joëlle Léandre and Bernard Santacruz. And we know that the first and the second have, notably, both performed with George Lewis. The second and the third have, notably, both played with Nicole Mitchell. The first and the third have, notably, both performed with Charles Gayle, in Denis Fournier’s quintet, and in their own quartet. On the American side, Douglas R. Ewart who, besides being an explosive visual artist, falls within the lineage of the iconoclast multi-instrumentalists of the AACM, such as Lewis and Mitchell; and Michael Zerang, who has already made his surfaces, skins, and metals resound, hiss, and squeak on the stages of Chicago and Europe. Their improvised music – that is to say, very much in/out of proportion to who they are collectively – is the adventurously passionate music of intersecting paths and chartered worlds.”    (Alexandre Pierrepont, 2015)

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Volcano Radar last night at Woodland Pattern!


Volcano Radar with Rollo Radford and Julia Miller (above) and Elio Barilari and Ernie Adams (photo below). Photos by Gina Litherland.

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