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Event Calendar
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readings & workshops
April 26

Four Milwaukee Poets: Alix Anne Shaw with Annie Grizzle, Sam Pekarske & Bethany Price

readings & workshops
April 28

Wisconsin Reads: Reading with Louise Erdrich (video streamed to Woodland Pattern)

readings & workshops
May 2

Poetry Reading: Rena Priest and Denise Low

readings & workshops
May 2

Craft Talk with Denise Low at UWM

readings & workshops
May 10

Birds in Poetry at Urban Ecology Center

performances
May 13

Alternating Currents Live presents: The Transatlantic Bridge #11

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

performances
June 3

ACL presents: Tom Hamilton & City of Vorticity

Archived performances
Jan 18 Thursday, January 18
7:00pm, $6 members | $7 students/seniors | $8 general

Formations Series Presents: The Montauk Project & D'Agostino/Heinemann Duo

Set 1

The Montauk Project

Jacob Polancich & Ryan Meisel

The Montauk Project is an improvised percussion/woodwinds duo featuring Milwaukee musicians Jake Polancich (drums/percussion/bassoon) and Ryan Meisel (saxophones, flutes). The project was formed in late 2012 in an effort to explore extreme improvisational opportunities and original music that couldn’t be duplicated in a larger ensemble. Montauk Project continues to serve an artistic longing to react musically to an array of occurrences in our world...good, evil, and everything in between. With this project, the music goes where it needs to. While the core of their sound rests on drums and saxophones, the duet features a number of additional woodwind and percussion instruments, electronic processors, loops, and other effects. There is an intentional transparency to Montauk Project compositions; allowing the music to breathe, morph, flex, and maneuver.

Jake and Ryan share a musical bond formed after many years playing together in the Meisel Music Collective.  Coming together earlier this decade, they have found a musical language within their work.  Both being music educators, they are able to relate their music to real life concepts making their music accessible to all ages, and variations of listeners.


Set 2

D'Agostino/Heinemann Duo

Anthony D'Agostino - bass

Jakob Heinemann - bass

Improvised and composed duets for two contrabasses. These two exploratory bass players have known one another for a while, but this will be their first public performance as a duo.

 

(photo from The Montauk Project's website http://www.meiselmusic.net/montauk-project/)