• 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
April 6 - Jun 27

Book Club: Readshops led by Karl Gartung

readings & workshops
July 3 - Jun 30

Dhamma MKE

readings & workshops
October 22 - Jun 24

Welcome Home!: A Veterans Writing Group

readings & workshops
February 2 -23

Three Windows into Writing and Revising a Poem with Kathleen A. Dale

exhibitions
February 11 - Apr 5

Tarot: The (Re)Making of a Language

performances
February 20

Formations Series for New and Improvised Music

readings & workshops
February 26

Poetry Reading: Jennifer Elise Foerster + Zoë Johnson

readings & workshops
February 26

Seeing in Invisibility: Poetry as revelation at UWM Libraries Special Collections

readings & workshops
February 27

Urban Echo Poets

readings & workshops
February 29

Visionary Narratives: A Workshop in Drawing Inspiration with Laurence Ross.

exhibitions
February 29

Reception for Tarot: The (Re)Making of a Language

readings & workshops
March 1 -29

On the Front Lines, Behind the Lines: Writing Protest Poetry with Margaret Rozga.

film & video
March 6

aCinema Screening

readings & workshops
March 12

Creative Confluence: Research for Hybrid Writing, a conversation with Heid E. Erdrich

readings & workshops
March 12

Poetry Reading: Heid E. Erdrich

readings & workshops
March 14

Poetry & Pi(e) featuring Vida Cross + Chuck Stebelton

performances
March 19

Formations Series for New and Improvised Music

readings & workshops
March 20

Poetry Reading: Mark Bibbins + Elizabeth Hoover

readings & workshops
March 26

Poetry Reading: Eli Goldblatt + Charles Alexander

readings & workshops
March 28

Poetry Reading: Tara Betts + Jennifer Steele

Archived performances
Sep 18 Sunday, September 18
7:00pm, $Give What You Can

 

Tomeka Reid - cello

Silvia Bolognesi - double bass

Pasquale Mirra - vibraphone

Cristiano Calcagnile - drums

 

Recently described as a “New Jazz Power Source” by the New York Times, Chicago cellist and composer Tomeka Reid has emerged as one of the most original and versatile musicians in Chicago’s jazz and improvised music community over the last decade. Reid has been a key member of ensembles led by legendary reedists like Anthony Braxton and Roscoe Mitchell, as well as a younger generation of visionaries including flutist Nicole Mitchell, singer Dee Alexander, and drummer Mike Reed. She is also a co-­leader of the adventurous string trio called Hear in Now, with violinist Mazz Swift and bassist Silvia Bolognesi. By focusing on developing her craft primarily as a side person and working in countless improvisational contexts, Reid has achieved a stunning musical maturity.

 

Bassist, composer, and arranger Silvia Bolognesi graduated from the Institute R. Franci of Siena. She teaches double bass and jazz combo at Siena Jazz University, the association "Mosaico" of Colle Val d'Elsa and, since 2008, leads workshops on improvisation and "conduction." She is the leader of several bands, including the Almond Tree and the Open Combo octet, and, since 2009, has been part of an all-female string trio (with Tomeka Reid on cello and Mazz Swift on violin and voice) Hear In Now. In 2010 she founded Fonterossa Records.

 

Pasquale Mirra is considered one of the most exciting vibraphone player of the Italian and international scene. He has collaborated with many great improvisers on the world stage including Michel Portal, Fred Frith, Nicole Mitchell, Tristan Honsinger, Ernst Rijseger, Rob Mazurek, Ballaké Sissoko, Butch Morris, and Jeff Parker. With renowned American percussionist Hamid Drake he has formed an active duo project working regularly in numerous festivals in the USA and Europe. Pasquale Mirra is a founding member of the Bassesfere Collective - a cultural association promoting the development and the spread of improvised music and research, based in Bologna, Italy.

 

Drummer, percussionist, composer, arranger Cristiano Calcagnile is well known in the European experimental music scene recording for such labels as EMI, Polygram, Phonometak Labs, RareNoise, Die Schachtel, and Black Saint among the others.  He leads the octet – Cristiano Calcagnile Ensemble - whose new recording, Multikulti Cherry On, is dedicated to the music of Don Cherry.  Among his most important collaborations: Anthony Braxton, Rova Saxophone Quartet, Tristan Honsinger, Butch Morris, Ernst Reijseger, Glen Ferris, Rob Mazurek, Keith Tippet, Julie Tippet, William Parker, Mark Feldman, and many others.