By way of Columbia College and the University of Michigan, composer and improvisational percussionist Adam Shead—along with co-headliners John Dikeman, Casper Townkeepers, and Tony Piazza—brings his innovative style of music to Arts + Literature Laboratory on February 24. Creating music that defies conventional categorization, Shead draws inspiration from all points of the musical universe—whether it be Ornette Coleman’s “harmolodic” style or the fierce strains of hardcore’s Bad Brains. This year, Dikeman, Townkeepers, Piazza, and Shead will spend time touring and playing music together. Shead himself has begun composing a drum orchestra and plans on releasing at least two new records (one with this touring ensemble) on his own label, Adiaphora Music. We talk with Shead about inspiration, improvisation, and his goals as a musician.
Robin Chapman talks with us about her newest book, Six True Things, life growing up in Atomic City, and our smALL Press Library.
Interview with Jennifer Bastian about her favorite photographers, local heroes, and her favorite art spots in Madison.
How did you get your start in photography?
The first time I remember picking up a camera I was 12 years old. I spent a month in China for my grandmother’s funeral. My parents bought me a couple cheap disposable cameras and I took snapshots of anything I found interesting. I was very unimpressed with the results. So, when I had a chance to enroll in a photography class in my sophomore year of high school, I thought I would fail miserably at it. Instead, I fell in love with the medium.
What past and present photographers inspire you?
Remember waiting for a care package? Or Charlie Brown, standing by the mailbox on Valentines Day, waiting for a valentine? Charlie Brown doesn’t get a valentine, but we imagine every other mailbox stuffed with messages, notes and love letters. I can’t tell you how to get love letters to fill your mailbox, but I can tell how it will be filled with poems.
This is about Octopus Books, one publisher I subscribe to. It’s also about supporting small publishers and the things they send you if you do.
Poet Jeanie Tomasko's response to the beautiful and thought-provoking book of poetry Her Animals by Emily Johnston from Madison's own Hummingbird Press.
Award-winning poet Amy Newman talks about Elizabeth Bishop, juggling research, and talking back to American poetry.
We talk with first-time novelist and Chicago resident Martin Seay, about his award-winning book The Mirror Thief, which spans centuries and continents, on finding a publisher, not giving up, and balancing research with writing.
Michael Bazzett’s debut poetry collection, You Must Remember This, (Milkweed Editions, 2014) won the Lindquist & Vennum Prize for Poetry. His verse translation of the Mayan creation epic, The Popol Vuh, is forthcoming from Milkweed, and his second collection of poems, Our Lands Are not so Different, will be published by Horsethief Books in early 2017. Bazzett lives with his family in Minnesota, where he teaches English at the Blake School. In anticipation of his upcoming reading, ALL talked him about his forthcoming books, connections between older and newer work, and the process of putting a collection of poems together.
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Arts + Literature Laboratory is located in Madison’s Schenk-Atwood neighborhood at 2021 Winnebago Street, Madison, Wisconsin 53704.
Gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday 11am-3pm during exhibitions or by appointment. Please check the exhibitions calendar before planning your visit, as the gallery is closed between exhibitions and other schedule changes are posted here.