Formations is a monthly music series dedicated to fostering the growth of new and improvised music in Milwaukee.
Milwaukee-based composer/vocalist Amanda Schoofs performs her haunting work Steal Into the World for voice, analog electronics, and pianolin. Created for the unique "found tuning" of her antique pianolin, Amanda combines ethereal melodies with both gritty and suffuse electronics. Throughout Steal Into the World her singing transforms and fragments, infused with extended vocal techniques and divergent poetic variations (set from artist Paul Mitchell's poetry of the same title).
"Schoofs’ work was essentially an extended improvisation, featuring the composer vocalizing wild, breathy grunts and primal noises and communicating with the ensemble through occasional intimate glances and bodily cues. The opportunity to witness such a creative process in real time, coupled with Schoofs’ courageous performance, elevated the evening to an entirely different level of sophistication." - I Care If You Listen (2015)
Linda Binder - violin/electronics
Jay Mollerskov - guitar/electronics
Pat Reinholz - cello/electronics
Timothy Russell - percussion/electronics
Amanda Schoofs - voice/electronics
Fuligin is a group of Milwaukee-based improvising musicians who have performed together in various groupings for some time, although this is their premiere performance in this configuration.