Tone Madison presents a solo performance from the prolific experimental musician and sound artist. Info/tix
Dwelling in a meticulously sculpted world of abstract sound and uprooted harmonics, John Wiese has created a remarkably vast and vivid body of work. Whether he's creating installation pieces, playing with his grindcore duo Sissy Spacek, or performing laptop-driven solo sets, Wiese dissolves the boundaries between composition and experimental sound art. His discography spans dozens of releases, from a solo work to collaborations with experimental greats like Merzbow, Aaron Dilloway, Kevin Drumm, and drone-metal outfit Sunn O))). His solo albums have explored a variety of approaches; Wiese recorded 2015's Deviate From Balance with ensembles of 20-plus other musicians, whereas releases like 2009's Circle Snare delve more into full-on musique concrète territory. The common thread across all of Wiese's work is that he's able to imagine and harness such an astonishing variety of sound sources and textures, and arrange them into what feels like a new physical space. During Wiese's solo sets, beauty and abrasion melt into each other, and even those most skeptical of experimental music are hard-pressed to dismiss his unnerving movement and layering as mere noise. Wiese's last solo set in town was an opening slot for Zola Jesus at the Majestic, and it was a rare treat to hear his work on a large sound system. This show at Arts + Literature Laboratory, presented by us here at Tone Madison, will be a bit more intimate but no less transportive.
Madison-based musicians Erik Kramer and Jeremy Van Mill will open up this early show. Kramer's 2017 debut album as a solo artist, A House, Floating In The Middle Of A Lake, pulled together lyrical acoustic guitar, electronics, and scratchy field recordings into an ambitious and tender meditation on the natural world and the threats humanity poses to it. (It's no accident that Kramer made it the debut release from his own label, Anthropocene Recordings.) Kramer's approach has continued to morph in the live setting, but it's still as warm and disarming as experimental music gets. Van Mill, meanwhile, has promised a set of "synth drones, tape feedback, and ambient guitar loops." We have a no-fee ticket presale online, and admission is discounted for Tone Madison Sustainers. —Scott Gordon