Formations is a monthly music series dedicated to fostering the growth of new and improvised music in Milwaukee.
He Can Jog is computer musician Erik Schoster from Milwaukee Wisconsin. Performing with a homebrew computer music system called Pippi he attempts to work with the computer on its own terms, conducting an ensemble of algorithmic software performers via live-coding, a command-based text interface and traditional midi controllers. This performance is the premiere of an algorithmic version of an in-progress solo album featuring collaborations from vocalists WC Tank, Safari Al, Derek Piotr and Kory Burrell.
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 Polancich - drums, percussion, bassoon
Ryan Meisel - saxophones, flutes