• 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
Dec 18 Thursday, December 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.


 

The Geodes are an improvisational trio from Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  Laptop/multi-instrumentalists Erik Schoster (a.k.a. He Can Jog) and Nate Zabriskie (a.k.a. Nomad Palace) have been performing together since 2002 in Cedar AV with guitarist, vocalist, and producer Nick Sanborn. Erik and Nate have also worked together in other groups and eventually started working under the name “Geodes.”  Jess Lemont (a.k.a. Be a Waterwolf), drummer and multi-instrumentalist, joined the group in 2014.

The Geodes are equally inspired by the raw energy of free jazz, the deep concentration of raga, and the hyperspecificity of algorithmic computer music.  They continue to release music every month on their ever-expanding EP series which has been in progress since March of 2014.

Marc Weidenbaum of Disquiet described some of their music as “a series of drones, from oh-so-quiet, to richly patterned, to a cicada frenzy, sewn into something that progresses like a piece of program music.”

Among other performances this year, Geodes played the Sonic Circuits festival in D.C. and was featured during an episode of Local Live on Milwaukee radio station WMSE.

 

The Tontine Ensemble was founded in the spring of 2014 with the mission to perform improvisational works and to champion the compositions of Milwaukee composers. Its four current members first played together for a Blank Radio recording session and immediately began rehearsing regularly. Allen Russell, Molly Lieberman, Pat Reinholz, and Barry Paul Clark are all classically trained musicians who teach and regularly perform in a variety of styles around the Milwaukee area and beyond. The Tontine Ensemble has appeared as guest artists at Mike Neumeyer and Friends and the Milwaukee Follies. Up to date news and events regarding Tontine Ensemble can be found at www.facebook.com/TontineEnsemble or by contacting tontineensemble@gmail.com.