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, November 1, 7pm:

Urs Leimgruber – soprano saxophone

Jacques Demierre – toy piano, voice

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. Regrettably, Barre Phillips is unable to participate in this tour due to a prolonged recuperation from health problems earlier this year. For this reason, the trio will be represented by a short video about Barre Phillips’ long career as an improvising double bassist, then Urs Leimgruber and Jacques Demierre will perform a selection of solos and duos. Both Urs Leimgruber and Jacques Demierre have visited Woodland Pattern in the past including at 2010 trio with violinist Charlotte Hug.

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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Tonight at Woodland Pattern Book Center!

Julia Miller & Volcano Radar


Julia Miller – electric guitar

Elbio Barilari – electric guitar/electric viola

Rollo Radford – electric bass

Ernie Adams – drums

Julia A. Miller is a sound artist, guitarist, improvisor, composer, visual artist, curator and educator. As a guitarist, Julia performs in the band Volcano Radar with Elbio Barilari, which has often included Edward Wilkerson Jr., Rollo Radford, Harrison Bankhead, Tim Davis, Lou Ciccotelli, and AvreeaylRa. Volcano Radar moves fluently through a stylistic range from noise-funk improvisation to structured sonic forms. Julia Miller has also performed in the avant electric guitar trio HKM with Mark Hardy and Reid Karris, the electroacoustic trio, Auris, with Eric Leonardson and Christopher Preissing, and the power quartet Gmleteye with Frank Abbinanti, Julian Berke, and Nick Alvarez. Julia is a founding member of the Chicago Scratch Orchestra and also a founding member of the artist collective Articular Facet. Julia is a frequent soloist and collaborator in experimental and avant garde chamber music. Poetry and the voice live at the heart of Julia’s work, and poetic documents as scores, performative objects, and new media poetics are part of Julia’s ongoing exploration into the hybridization of voice, instruments, electronics, and video to create an organic whole from one source of material (her voice).Tonight at Woodland Pattern!

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Alternating Currents Live

Though I no longer host Alternating Currents as a radio show on WMSE in Milwaukee, the concert series linked to this broadcast continues at Woodland Pattern Book Center. The series resumes on Sunday, March 29, with a performance by Julia Miller & Volcano Radar featuring Julia Miller (electric guitar), Elbio Barilari (electric guitar/electric viola), Rollo Radford (electric bass), and Ernie Adams (drums).



The balance of Alternating Currents Live Spring 2015 series continues with:

May 10: The Transatlantic Bridge #8 with Douglas R. Ewart (reeds) , Jean-Luc Cappozzo (tp, flugelhorn), Joëlle Léandre & Bernard Santacruz (b), and Michael Zerang (percussion).

June 21: Michael Zerang Project celebrating Alternating Currents Live 20th anniversary.

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Alternating Currents on the radio

Last night, December 14, was my final evening hosting Alternating Currents on WMSE 91.7FM in Milwaukee. I send my heartfelt thanks to station manger Tom Crawford, all the staff and djs at the station, and all my dedicated listeners who made this such a gratifying 22+ years on the radio. Milwaukee has an incredible cultural resource in WMSE-FM. It well deserves all of your gratitude and support.

Alternating Currents Live, the concert series that takes place at Woodland Pattern Book Center in spring and fall of each year, will continue without interruption. The series resumes in March of 2015. Stay tuned!

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