Upcoming Unruly Music

Short post to let everyone know about the Spring Unruly Music concerts to be held at Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, Vogel Hall, 929 N. Water St., Milwaukee, WI 53202.

I will be performing that night, with both MiLO (Milwaukee Laptop Orchestra) and GLIO (Great Lakes Improvising Orchestra, lead by Hal Rammel).

Further details can be found here.

Both groups I’m involved with for this concert have been discussing group dynamics, texture and language (such as Hal’s hand gestures for conducting GLIO) for our improvisations during recent rehearsal, so I’m quite excited about what will all happen in the moment.

Paul Kosidowski wrote a brief pre-performance article for Milwaukee Magazine, which can be found on their website here.  You can see me in the center of the photo, playing my alto saxophone.

I’ll try to get some good audio of the performance to post later.

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Upcoming Performances

I have a couple performances coming up that I wanted to let everyone know about.

The first will be Sunday, December 16th with the Great Lakes Improvising Orchestra at Woodland Patterns, in my very own Riverwest neighborhood (Milwaukee).  It’s an afternoon show, starting at 2pm, for a mere $4.  The ensemble consists of 14 of Milwaukee’s finest composers-who-improvise and improvisers-who-compose, with a very diverse list of instrumentation: voice, winds, strings, guitars, electronics and percussion.

Click here for Woodland Pattern’s website (in case you need the street address)

The second performance will be MiLO: A Very Special Holiday Extravaganza!  The gang has decided to throw our hats into the “holiday ring”, complete with bad Christmas sweaters.  I hope… well, maybe not.  Some Christmas sweaters are pretty scary. [shudder]  The event will take place on Thursday, December 20th at the Sugar Maple in Bayview (Milwaukee).  This one starts at 8pm and goes on till we’ve had enough holiday cheer, beer, and have generally forgotten the rest of the lyrics to “O Tannenbaum”; if we all ever even knew them.

Click here for Sugar Maple’s website

Hopefully I’ll see some of you for one, if not both of the events.  Ciao!

MiLO at Sugar Maple: Samples

So once again, I’ve gone a couple months without a post.  Summer has a tendency to be full of so many going-ons that this site takes a back seat.  Oh well…

The performance at Sugar Maple was a great success and a good time was had by all.  Something a little newer for the group was to break up all the performers into a variety of trio subsets.  This is an evolution of some exercises we would play during rehearsals, where the entrance of a individual’s sound had to be accompanied by at least one other player, as he/she introduced something new to the overall sound.  Sometimes this would occur during the same subset’s exit from the group sound.  It became a way of organizing spontaneous coordination and adding a level of control to the overall density of our performances.  As everyone really enjoyed how it was influencing our rehearsals, we thought we’d take it a step further for the Sugar Maple performance.

Below is a video I captured before my iPhone ran out of storage space, and the remaining trios that we got audio for.  Unfortunately, we were unable to get anything else in it’s entirety.

Last item of note for that night, is a series of photographs taken by Paul M. Mitchell.  The photos can be seen here.

 

 

MiLO performance at Sugar Maple

This coming Friday, July 13th, MiLO will be performing at Sugar Maple in Bayview. The show starts at 8pm in the back room. There is no door charge. Check out the link for more information on Sugar Maple’s location, beer menu, and other events and on-goings. I’ll post some audio (and hopefully video) after the performance. See you there!

MiLO at Kenilworth Open Studios

UW-Milwaukee’s Peck School of the Arts hosts the Kenilworth Open Studios every spring, and it’s become a MiLO tradition to perform at the event.  My last post included some samples of our final rehearsal prior to the event, but being that MiLO was really on the ball, I have more material to share.  We managed to not only record the whole performance, we also have some video and a small photo shoot.  We’ve been playing together for about 6 years and amazingly, we don’t have any “band shots”, so this was kind of a big deal.  Crazy, I know.  With our grand sense of organization this time around, we had enough material for Christopher Burns, one of our founding members, to construct an internet home for our activities.  Thanks, Christopher!

In general, the event seemed a great success and we certainly enjoyed our part in it.  The new performance space on the sixth floor was absolutely wonderful, complete with stunning views of Lake Michigan.  We performed a number of improvisations, György Ligeti’s classic tape piece Artikulation and an improvisation conducted by Kevin Schlei’s Collision software.  Throughout the performance, many MiLO-ites used Kevin’s TC-11 Multi-Touch Synthesis iPad app.  If you haven’t seen it yet, I recommend checking it out here.

Here is the MiLO lineup for Kenilworth Open Studios:

Christopher Burns, electric guitar
David Collins, alto saxophone (with signal processing  via csGrain)
Nolan Dargiewicz, electric guitar and laptop
Adam Murphy, iPad
Elliot Patros, laptop
Kevin Schlei, iPad
Steve Schlei, iPad
Amanda Schoofs, voice and effects pedals

MiLO also has a new Soundcloud page with recordings for all the material from this performance.  Here’s one of the improvisations from later in the set.

I believe this might be a first (though I’m not entirely sure), but I have video footage to share.  I used my iPhone, which unfortunately ran out of storage space after about 20 minutes.  I ended up capturing the first improvisation in it’s entirety, but the camera cut out during the performance of Artikulation.  Here’s the Improvisation #1 I posted to my Vimeo page.

MiLo Rehearsal 04.14.12

MiLo (Milwaukee Laptop Orchestra) is something I’ve been involved with for a number of years.  In 2006, it was around 10-15 performers improvising together, but in more recent years we’re fortunate if we can get half a dozen of us together.  Some of the artists have moved away, and some new people have joined in.  It continues to evolve, but some of the original members are still actively involved.

As our open improvisations started to sound too similar, we began to provide some structure and direction for our performances by including compositions from other composers as well as ourselves.  With our upcoming performance at the Peck School of the Arts Open House, we’ve been rehearsing a couple of electronic pieces.

“Artikulation” is a 1958 electronic composition by György Ligeti.  Twelve years later, a graphical score was produced by Rainer Wehinger.  A projection of the graphical score is projected on the wall for all performers to follow along.  We divided up the different colors represented in the score between performers.  Here’s a sample of the graphic score and the recording from today’s rehearsal.

“Collision” is a piece I’ve played with Kevin before as a duet.  One of the great things about this piece is that it’s really a queueing system for improvisation.  There are three different types of queues (Hold, Pluck, Slide) and a min-max time for how often a queue will be initiated.  The time in-between is improvisational, but the queueing often influences that time.  Here’s a recording of “Collision”

Throughout rehearsal, I was playing my saxophone through csGrain on my iPad.