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Jon Mueller

  • Arts + Literature Laboratory 2021 Winnebago Street Madison, Wisconsin (map)

The boundary-pushing Milwaukee percussionist enters another chapter in his ever-evolving solo work. Info/tix


Milwaukee-based musician Jon Mueller has built up a formidable body of experimental work, most of it centered around solo-percussion performances, but always with an ambitious conceptual scope. Mueller has played in the instrumental bands Pele and Collections Of Colonies Of Bees and the Justin Vernon collaboration Volcano Choir, but over time has focused more and more on solo and collaborative works under the umbrella of Rhythmplex, a multi-faceted outlet that has come to encompass everything from live music to book publishing to a physical "curiosity shop" in Door County. (Full disclosure: Mueller played a Tone Madison-presented event in 2017.) His deliberately finite Death Blues project created a varied universe in and of itself, yielding recorded projects as disparate as 2014's lush and melodic Ensemble and that same year's more abstract and abrasive Non-Fiction. As his art becomes more and more ambitious, Mueller has consistently returned to solo performances that use ever-changing configurations of percussion and voice, and usually consist of extended, tense pieces that prove physically and emotionally demanding for Mueller and his audiences alike, and all the more rewarding for that. Mueller plays a solo set here that will include five gongs and voice, offering a preview of his forthcoming album Canto. —Scott Gordon

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