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