• 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
Nov 17 Thursday, November 17
7:00pm, $Give What You Can

{SET 1}

Russ Johnson - trumpet
Jay Mollerskov - guitar & electronics
Tim Russell - percussion & electronics

Trumpeter Russ Johnson is a recent Midwest transplant after spending 23 years as an important member of New York City’s jazz community. He has 7 recordings as a leader or co-leader and performed on more than 75 recordings as a sideman. Russ has worked alongside many of the legendary figures in jazz including Lee Konitz, Steve Swallow, Bill Frisell, and Joe Lovano. In addition, Russ has recorded and/or performed with a long list of the most prominent musicians currently on the international jazz scene, including Myra Melford, Ken Vandermark, and Tony Malaby. Russ has performed in more than 40 countries across the globe.

Jay Mollerskov is a guitarist & composer in Milwaukee, WI. He attended UW-Milwaukee where he received a composition degree as well as an MM in guitar performance while studying with Dr. Yehuda Yannay, Dr. John Welstead, Dr. Chris Burns, Steve Nelson-Raney, and Bobby Broom. Jay is an active part of the improvised music scene in Milwaukee where he performs with Trench (Devin Drobke, Steve Nelson-Raney, Jay Mollerskov) Hal Rammel, and others. Jay founded the Formations Series for New & Improvised Music in October 2014 with the help of Devin Drobka after a trip to NYC.

 

Tim Russell is the Music Director at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee Dance Department. He was recently called “The premier composer for Modern Dance in Milwaukee" by the Shepherd Express and his “Compelling original Music" (Madison Isthmus) has been used by choreographers such as Li Chiao Ping, Kate Corby, Maria Gillespie, Gerald Casel, WildSpace Dance, Danceworks, Liz Sexe and Kun Yang Lin bringing Tim and his music all across the country from the Judson Church in New York City to ODC in San Francisco. Outside the realm of Dance, Tim is an active participant in the Milwaukee Music scene. He performs with many of Milwaukee's top artists across all genres.

 

 

{SET 2}

 

Mark Mantel - vibraphones

 

Mark Mantel (b. 1961), in Milwaukee, WI, got his Ph. D. at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Mantel's music explores the creation and layering of dense musical materials derived from physical models, text-driven and real-time live electronic elements, "found-objects", and theatre and theatrical elements. The works of many writers and painters serve as points of departure in much of his music as an attempt to explore artistic processes closely associated with other disciplines. Improvisation, formally, spontaneously, and structurally, plays a substantive role in defining his music. Currently, Mantel is working on an opera, "2100", involving multiple stages, film, video sculpture, and multiple ensembles concerned with the Industrial Revolution, automation, and the precarious nature of humanity.


Mantel will performing improvisations from his vibraphone series, works for vibes, text, and percussives, as well as performing with invited guests.