Nick Zoulek - solo saxophone
Nick Zoulek is a modern artist of “pure mindfulness and talent” (PopMatters), with an impassioned eye toward the unification of contemporary art and sound. His focus on collaboration, improvisation, and commissioning new works has led to a diverse portfolio of distinctive performances and artistic ventures. As a soloist and composer, Nick’s craft has been lauded as “a no-holds-barred engine of avant-garde exploration,” (Portland Press Herald) with the capacity to “[take] you to other worlds” (Milwaukee Magazine). The versatility Nick displays on the instrument has been praised as “[b]eautiful harmonies [singing] in contrast to mysterious knockings and hums, and finally to ungodly, soul-shattering blasts” (Shepherd Express). As an interdisciplinary artist, Nick has scored and performed dance works with Wild Space Dance Company, the Madison Ballet, and HYPERlocal. Additionally, his films have garnered numerous awards in experimental media, and have been screened at festivals around the world, most notably in England, Serbia, Africa, and around the USA. Nick’s music can be heard on Rushing Past Willow (INNOVA Records), which fuses all of facets of his work through self-composed pieces for alto, tenor, and bass saxophone.
Nick is currently on faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where he teaches saxophone and jazz studies courses. He is pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Contemporary Music Performance at Bowling Green State University with the guidance of Distinguished Artist Professor Dr. John Sampen. Nick holds a Master of Music Performance from BGSU, a Certificat des Études Musicales from the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régionale de Boulogne-Billancourt, and a Bachelor of Music Performance with Magna Cum Laude honors from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. He has learned with Jean-Michel Goury, Dr. Matthew Sintchak, and Dr. Jon Amon.
The Oak Creek Ensemble
Jason Wietlispach - winds and strings
Rick Ollman - winds and percussion
Mark Mantle - percussion
David Are - percussion
Hal Rammel - amplified palette
Linda Binder - strings
Wilhelm Matthies - mosesa
Guest light switch conductors drawn from a hat at the event.
Oak Creek Ensemble is a group that has played together off and on for a number of years, mostly recording together in Jason Wietlispach’s studio in Oak Creek. Over the years, Jason evolved a light switch semi-composing format when we were free improvising, to create surprising shifts in musical direction and texture.
May 17 will be our 3rd public performance. Each time we have played in the public, we have extended the light switch concept to the listening audience. We invite you to come to the Formations Series, May 17, and put your name in a hat for a chance to be a light switch composer.