Set, a series of improvisational performances including music, movement, and spoken word that directly respond to the exhibition James Benjamin Franklin: Full Circle. An energetic call and response across media, each performance explores the languages of continuous discovery through abstraction and improvisation. Located within Larson gallery among the artworks, audiences will be immersed in a visual and auditory expression of joy, color, and introspection.
The duo wilder/hall is a project of Kaleigh Wilder on baritone saxophone and Ben Hall, percussionist. RSVP for this Set performance using the form below.
Ben Hall is a composer, writer, and organizer. He was profiled by Fred Moten in the book Black and Blur and has written extensively about the visionary percussionist Milford Graves. He has participated in multiple museum exhibitions including Slow An Alarm Until It’s A Tone, a solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. He is currently working on a feature-length documentary on the drummer Roy Brooks.
Kaleigh Wilder is an improviser and sound sculptor. Speaking through the baritone saxophone, she likes to play from what she knows in her body—what her hands, ears, and inner child remember. Using timbral extremes that shift between raw and polished, abrasive and sensitive, discomfort and catharsis, Kaleigh channels her lived experiences into sound to communicate viscerally. She hopes to amplify in the listener their own understanding of music and Self.
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