• Address 720 East Locust Street | Milwaukee, WI 53212
  • Phone 414.263.5001
  • Hours Tue-Fri 11-8pm | Sat-Sun 12-5pm | Closed Mon
  • Hours Tue-Fri 11-8pm, Sat-Sun 12-5pm, Closed Mon
Event Calendar
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readings & workshops
February 23

Poetry Reading: Anna Vitale & Roberto Harrison

readings & workshops
February 24

RESCHEDULED: Genre: Urban Arts No. 3 Release

readings & workshops
March 1

Wisconsin Reads The Round House

film & video
March 2

aCinema Screening

readings & workshops
March 7

Poetry Reading: Kwabena Antoine Nixon

readings & workshops
March 8

Poetry Reading: Ed Block & Jenny Benjamin

readings & workshops
March 14

Kundiman Midwest Chapbook Series: Suman Chhabra

performances
March 15

Formations Series for New & Improvised Music

readings & workshops
March 17

Where My Dreaming and My Loving Live: Poetry & the Body with Nikki Wallschlaeger, Jose-Luis Moctezuma & Jay Besemer

readings & workshops
March 22

Community Conversation About The Round House 

readings & workshops
March 28

Poetry Reading: Sherwin Bitsui & Bojan Louis

film & video
April 6

aCinema Screening

readings & workshops
April 11

Poetry Reading: Luci Tapahonso

readings & workshops
April 14

Kundiman Midwest Chapbook Series: Lo Kwa Mei-en

readings & workshops
April 17

Poetry Reading and Conversation with Roberto Harrison @ Brown Deer Public Library

performances
April 19

Alash Ensemble

exhibitions
April 21

Woman: Frailty Thy Name, works by Renee Baker

performances
April 22

ACL presents Renee Baker Quartet, Visual Dark Scratch Suite

readings & workshops
May 2

Poetry Reading: Layli Long Soldier

performances
May 13

Alternating Currents Live presents The Bridge

readings & workshops
May 16

Kundiman Midwest Chapbook Series Noel Pabillo Mariano

performances
May 17

Formations Series for New & Improvised Music

readings & workshops
May 24

Poetry Reading: Urban Echo Poets

Archived performances
Jun 18 Thursday, June 18
7:00pm, Pay What You Can

Formations is a monthly music series dedicated to fostering the growth of new and improvised music in Milwaukee.


Scrawl

 

Chris Burns - electric guitar

Hal Rammel - amplified palette

Jim Schoeneker - electronics

 

Hal Rammel and Chris Burns have been improvising together for many years in a wide variety of ensembles in the Milwaukee area. In 2013 they began playing and recording as the duo Scrawl, focusing on amplified percussion, via Hal’s amplified palettes and Chris’ work with electric guitar. They have released the duo CD Scrawl (Penumbra Music) in 2014 and, most recently, Flares (Universal Reptile). Jim Schoenecker joined Scrawl for its first CD release concert in February 2014 at Woodland Pattern. In Scrawl, the trio edition, Jim continues to contribute unpredictable and dynamic analog synth sounds to the amplified instruments of Burns and Rammel.

 


 

Devin Drobka's BELL DANCE SONGS

 

Devin Drobka - drums

Chris Weller - tenor saxophone & clarinet

Tony Barba - tenor & soprano saxophones & bass clarinet

John Christensen - bass

Jay Mollerskov - guitar

 

"These songs were written over a period of 3 years while i lived in Brooklyn and Milwaukee and are a series of dedications to various people and experiences. The band was finally assembled when I moved back to Milwaukee in 2013. Chris, Jay, John, and Tony are some of the Midwest's most fearless improvisors and musicians and they make up the core of Bell Dance Songs." —Devin Drobka