• 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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performances
October 22

Alternating Currents Live: Tom Rainey & Devin Drobka Percussion Duo

readings & workshops
October 25

Poetry Reading: Stephen Anderson & Erik Richardson

readings & workshops
October 26

Urban Echo Poets

special events
November 3

Join us on Friday, November 3rd for our 37th Annual Anniversary Gala!

 

Archived performances
Dec 17 Thursday, December 17
5:30pm, RECEPTION & PROGRAM: $80 INDIVIDUAL | $150 COUPLE; PROGRAM ONLY: $25 ADVANCE | $30 DOOR

Tontine Ensemble

 

Allen Russell - violin

Molly Lieberman - viola

Patrick Reinholz - cello

Barry Paul Clark - bass

 

The Tontine Ensemble was founded in the spring of 2014 with the dream of playing music and getting weird. Its four current members first played together in Dave Schoepke’s basement for a Blank Radio improvised recording session and soon found themselves rehearsing regularly, exploring works by 20th and 21st century composers and experimenting with improvisation. Allen Russell, Molly Lieberman, Pat Reinholz, and Barry Paul Clark are all classically trained musicians who teach and perform regularly around the Milwaukee area and beyond.


The Tontine Ensemble has appeared in performances with Danceworks (Paleontology of a Woman and Footsteps, Shadows and Whispers) and Alverno Presents (Prince Uncovered). They have also performed as part of Milwaukee Follies, Mike Neumeyer and Friends, and the Prematurely Air-Conditioned Arts Collective. They have shared performances with JOBS, Netmoiré, Lovely Socialite Mrs. Thomas W. Phipps, and Geodes.

 

In September of 2014 the Tontine Ensemble was described as “a tight group” that demonstrates “their virtuosity in an expansive set of improvisations” by the Shepherd Express.

 

Up to date information on the Tontine Ensemble can be found on Facebook.

 


 

Trench

 

Steve Nelson-Raney - soprano saxophone

Jay Mollerskov - electric guitar

Devin Drobka - drums & cymbals

 

Trench is a Milwaukee based trio that performs original music with an emphasis on improvisation. With backgrounds in jazz, rock, free improvisation, and new music, Steve Nelson-Raney (soprano saxophone,) Jay Mollerskov (guitar,) and Devin Drobka (drums,) bring their shared experience to this music without the boundaries of style. Members of Trench have performed with Jerry Bergonzi, Malcolm Goldstein, Peter Kowald, Tony Malaby, Dan Nimmer, Greg Osby, Melvin Rhyne, Joe Sanders, Marvin Stamm, and Ernie Watts.