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Outside the Sphere

February 3, 2023 @ 7:00 pm


The New Music Series welcomes Outside the Sphere, a collaboration of Michael Brenneis and Tony Barba, on Friday, February 3, 2023 at 7:00pm. Tickets are $5.00 for Five Dollar Fridays, available online at https://outsidethesphere.bpt.me, or at the door. Doors open at 6:30pm.

Outside the sphere the landscape does not exist. Each page of the map unfolds, blank. Every step draws new forms, lays new pathways, connects new passages. Behind us, our footfalls erase themselves. Outside the sphere the machines are alive. Just like you and me, they breathe. Periodically they exert themselves, goading us to steer them, subdue them. At times we can do this, other times they dominate as we withdraw.

Michael Brenneis and Tony Barba present Outside the Sphere, an electro acoustic collaboration of tenor saxophone and drums, featuring signal path manipulation and electronic instruments of all description.

After residing in New York City and Chicago for the past fifteen years, saxophonist/composer Tony Barba relocated to Madison, WI in the summer of 2013 where he has quickly been making a significant impact on the local music scene. Tony’s career has spanned many genres and bands, wether it be leading his own groups or freelancing as a much in demand sideman. Tony is also a current member of the Youngblood Brass Band, which has released six studio albums and has performed all over the world.

Michael Brenneis has been an essential mover in the Madison improvised music community for twenty years. From his early work with Tomato Box and The Active Percussion Duo, to later projects such as Post Consumer Gnarl, The Ten Sleeps Trio, The Improvisor’s Workbench, and Executive Tea Set, he is consistently demolishing the boundaries of musical convention. In 2018 Michael was awarded an Artistic Development Grant by the Greater Madison Jazz Consortium to compose, record and premiere a large ensemble work entitled Plutonium. Also in 2018 Michael is recording a monthly series of improvised duets under the handle Deeds & Endeavors Part One, available on bandcamp: https://deedsone.bandcamp.com/. Michael also collaborates with many other Madison groups including The New Breed Jazz Jam, The Alison Margaret Jazz Quintet, The Anders Svanoe Double Trio, and Major Vistas.


February 3, 2023
7:00 pm
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Arts and Literature Lab
111 S. Livingston Street, #100
Madison, WI
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