Alternating 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)
Volcano Radar with Rollo Radford and Julia Miller (above) and Elio Barilari and Ernie Adams (photo below). Photos by Gina Litherland.
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!
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.
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!
December 14: Music from Katherine Young, Amy Cimini, Tim Daisy, Zeena Parkins, Kris Davis, Nicole Mitchell, and much, much more.
December 7: Jason hosts the show.
November 30: Our preview of Architeuthis Walks on Land and other music by Katherine Young and Amy Cimini … along with music by Xu Fengia, Roscoe Mitchell, Zeena Parkins, the Canvas Trio, and more.
November 23: Between 6:30 and 8pm we will help celebrate the 10th anniversary of Milwaukee-based Utech Records with a premiere broadcast of their latest release. On the remainder of the show we will preview Architeuthis Walks on Land coming to Milwaukee on December 7th.
November 16: The music of Luc Ferrari along with a variety of studio-based and live electronics from Maja S. K. Ratkje, Katherine Young, Ikue Mori, and Amy Cimini.
November 9: We’ll play our recording of Escape Lane at Woodland Pattern from last Sunday, plus a preview of Architeuthis Walks on Land, our next concert on December 7th . . . all during WMSE’s Fall pledge drive! Support WMSE!!!
November 2: Jason host the show while Alternating Currents Live presents Escape Lane at Woodland Pattern Book Center.