Kiel Majewski

Isthmus' music writers weigh in on the season's most promising concerts, at venues large and small. Read more

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Cafe Coda’s former downtown space is being demolished for a new hotel. But the jazz club is reopening on Willy Street, contributing to a burgeoning east side jazz scene. Read more



Elvira Faltermeier

Isthmus music writer Kiel Majewski chats with avant-garde jazz pioneer Roscoe Mitchell, who is performing in Madison for the first time in two years. Mitchell is a student of music, constantly revising what he is and what you thought he was. Read more


Vocal and strings wizards Mary Gaines and Chris Wagoner have spent decades fronting bands and working as some of the most sought-after session strings players in town. But now the married couple has a new EP — and it’s just them. Read more


Madison’s Arts + Literature Lab is becoming a regional destination for avant-garde jazz. The venue is curating a neighborhood-wide jazz festival on May 4. Read more



Thomas Ferrella

Thomas Ferrella exhibits his “1 World” photographs in Camaguey, Cuba, and tells Isthmus why this is the perfect time to talk about breaking down racial and cultural boundaries. Read more

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Mike Park

Saxophonist Kamasi Washington has toured with Kendrick Lamar, Run the Jewels and Snoop Dogg. Now he’s doing his own thing on a worldwide tour with his new album “Harmony of Difference.” He’s at the Majestic Nov. 8. Read more


In another innovative offering from Arts + Literature Lab, bassist Joe Policastro reimagines film and TV scores with his jazz trio. Read more



Juliet Goodman

We’ve got Inuit throat singing, feminist hip-hop, shoegaze, punk, ska, prog rock and a host of other concerts coming up from now until the end of the year. Get your calendars out. It’s time for Isthmus’ fall music preview. Read more

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“Zoethica,” is a beautiful scavenger hunt created by UW-Madison interdisciplinary artist-in-residence Peter Krsko and students in a spring semester course. The outdoor exhibit of “bio-inspired” art runs through August 6 at Olbrich Botanical Gardens. Read more

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Sean Kennedy

Paul Kusuda spent a little more than a year in a Japanese internment camp. He was 19 at the time. Now 94, he reflects on his experience and the implications of the government’s policy on current threats to civil liberties. Read more