Upcoming Experimental Events

July 12, 2014

Pete Calgaro in Concert: Tank Drum/Acoustic Journey

Presented in the acoustically magnificent 4Pillars4Health raw cedar wood Yurt, the Tank Drum will not be amplified in any way so that you will be able to hear and feel all the natural overtones of the instrument in a way you may never have experienced before.

June 21, 2014

Make Music Madison

  • - all day -
  • Free

All over the city, people will be playing free live outdoor music in all genres from 7 am till 9 pm. Check for the schedule of performances.

May 3, 2014

Douglas Kearney, Poetry Reading

Hosted by the Felix Series of New Writing, visiting poet Douglas Kearney, author of The Black Automaton (National Poetry Series Books, 2009), will read from various works.

The Felix Series of New Writing is in its tenth year of providing an audience in Madison, WI for innovative writing from independent and small presses.

Supported by the Anonymous Fund, the UW-Madison Department of English, Woodland Pattern Book Center (Milwaukee, WI), and the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets.

April 4, 2014

Rob Halpern, Poetry Reading & Discussion

Hosted by the Felix Series of New Writing, visiting writer Rob Halpern will read from various works, including new work related to Guantanamo Bay detainees. Halpern is the author of Music for Porn (Nightboat Books 2012), Disaster Suites (Palm Press, 2009), and Rumored Place (Krupskaya 2004). He teaches Creative Writing at Eastern Michigan University.

The Felix Series of New Writing is in its tenth year of providing an audience in Madison, WI for innovative writing from independent and small presses.

Free and open to the public. Supported by the Anonymous Fund and the UW-Madison Department of English.

February 16, 2014

Clocks in Motion Performance

  • 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Mills Hall
  • 445 N. Park St., Madison
  • Free

Clocks in Motion, Madison’s cutting-edge new music ensemble, will present Unfamiliar Voices 1.0, an expansive program featuring music from both the heart of the established percussion ensemble literature and the forefront of modern percussion composition.

The performance, Sun., Feb. 16, 2014, at 3:00 p.m., will celebrate composer and UW-
Madison student Ben Davis, the 2014 Clocks in Motion Call for Scores winner, with the world premiere of his exciting new work, Night. The ensemble will also perform Paul Lansky’s meditative percussion quartet, Threads, and Georges Aperghis’ grand percussion sextet, Kryptogramma. Davis, a composer, trumpeter, and teacher from Richmond, Virginia, writes for unique instruments built by Clocks in Motion. His new work employs sixxen: large aluminum keyboard instruments that are tuned microtonally (vastly different from the standard repeating 12-tone scale in most western music). The three sets of sixxen in the piece are purposefully out of tune with each other, creating an entrancing sound cloud of beading frequencies for the listener. In contrast, the other three players in the piece each play a bombastic multi-percussion setup of tom toms, snare drums, kick drums, and china cymbals. Davis’ innovative work is sure to impress.

Paul Lansky shares some insightful thoughts on his 2005 work: “Threads… is a half-hour long ‘cantata’ for percussion quartet in ten short movements. There are three “threads” that are interwoven in the piece: Arias and Preludes that focus on the metallic pitched sounds of vibraphones, glockenspiel and pipes; Choruses in which drumming predominates; and Recitatives made largely from Cage-like noise instruments, bottles, flower pots, crotales, etc. The aim of the different threads is to highlight the wide range of qualities that percussion instruments are capable of, from lyrical and tender to forceful and aggressive, and weave them into one continuous ‘thread’. The movements are performed without interruption.”

George Aperghis’ 1970 composition Kryptogramma is a massive undertaking. Puzzling instrumental combinations and bizarre rhythmic structures make this one of the most fascinating and complex percussion ensemble works ever written. “Kryptogramma” means “concealed text/writing”. In the composer’s own words, “Every cyptogram [in the piece] conceals a text or number sequence, behind which information is hidden…simple rhythms…are developed in a tapestry of soaring movements, and…subjected to a mass of variation.”

Clocks in Motion is Dave Alcorn, Jennifer Hedstrom, Sean Kleve, Michael Koszewski James McKenzie, and Joseph Murfin. For the concert on Feb. 16, Clocks in Motion will welcome percussionists Vincent Mingils and Somali Wilson as guest performers. All performers are either current or former students of the UW-Madison percussion studio.

Hailed as “nothing short of remarkable” (, Clocks in Motion is a group that performs new music, builds rare instruments, and breaks down the boundaries of the traditional concert program. Formed in 2011, the ensemble is currently in residence at the University of Wisconsin School of Music. The individual members of Clocks in Motion’s unique skill sets and specialties contain an impressive mix of musical styles including, rock, jazz, contemporary classical music, orchestral percussion, marching percussion, and world music styles. Among its many recent engagements, the group served as resident performers and educators at the Interlochen Arts Academy, Rhapsody Arts Center, University of Michigan, Baldwin-Wallace University, and the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art.

Admission is free. For more information, including repertoire, upcoming events, biographies, and media, visit

August 24, 2013

ARP of the Covenant

  • 10:00 pm - 11:55 pm
  • The Frequency
  • 121 W. Main St., Madison
  • (608) 819-8777

August 1, 2013

Grateful Garcia Gathering

  • 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Camp NCN
  • N8390 US Highway 12 , Black River Falls

The Grateful Garcia Gathering is now in its 10th year!

Jerry Garcia fans come from all around to dance and see some of the best jambands in the midwest at the 3G’s tribute festival honoring and paying tribute to the Jerry Garcia Band/Grateful Dead’s guitarist Jerry Garcia. It also marks the celebration of Jerry Garcia’s 71st Birthday, and it is the 18th Anniversary of Jerry Garcia’s untimely passing. It’s also a time when many fans pay tribute to remember other Grateful Dead members like Ron “”Pigpen”" McKernan, Keith Godchaux, Brent Mydland, and Vince Welnick.

Surviving Grateful Dead members Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann, and Mickey Hart are still touring and bringing fans enjoyment with their music!

We have leased the campground venue for Jerry Garcia’s birthday on August 1-4, 2013 – at Camp NCN Black River Falls, Wisconsin for our 10th annual 3G’s festival.

Be sure to make your vacation plans now to take off work, because we lots of excitement planned for all! YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS THIS! Melvin Seals is best known for his long 18 year friendship and musical partnership with cultural icon and guitarist Jerry Garcia and the smile of his that lights up the room. Melvin spun his B-3 magic with the Jerry Garcia Band for 18 years and in doing so helped pioneer and define what has now become “Jam Band Music”

Some of the bands that will be playing there are Brian Lesh & Ross James from American Jubilee, Afternoon Moon, Melvin Seals w/ Terrapin Flyer, Sanjay Mishra and Friends, Not Quite Dead, and many more.

You can buy tickets online at, Molly Rude Awaking off of 13 County Road A near Highway 12 in Black River Falls, Tree Huggers Coop 312 4th St s La Crosse, WI or Sunshine Daydream 619 State St Madison, Wi

February 2, 2013

WUD Music Committee presents Ft. Wilson Riot and Dharmonic Deluxe

  • 9:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Union South
  • 1308 W. Dayton St., Madison

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