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John Christensen & Michael Brenneis

  • Arts + Literature Laboratory 2021 Winnebago Street Madison, WI, 53704 United States (map)

Two distinguished Madison jazz musicians play behind a new album of collaborative improvisations. Info

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Longtime Madison drummer Michael Brenneis—whose numerous projects include the New Breed Jazz Jam and Major Vistas—embarked earlier this year on a series of improvised duo recordings with a rotating cast of other jazz musicians in the area. The latest installment, Bat Wing, finds Brenneis trading contemplative murmurs and occasional blasts of dissonance with bassist John Christensen, who is just as busy in the local music community; his recent collaborators include saxophonist Anders Svanoe and the Lesser Lakes Trio, and earlier this summer he celebrated the release of a composition-focused solo album, Dear Friend. Across Bat Wing's seven tracks, Brenneis and Christensen patiently unfold the variety of textures and melodies at their command, in improvised workouts that always feel guided by a keen compositional sense. They'll have a chance to dig deeper into the collaboration at this installment of Arts + Lit Lab's monthly New Music Series. —Scott Gordon

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