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Steve Nelson-Raney - soprano saxophone
Jay Mollerskov - guitar & electronics
Devin Drobka - drums & cymbals
Trench is a Milwaukee based trio that performs original music with an emphasis on improvisation. With backgrounds in jazz, rock, free improvisation, and new music, Steve Nelson-Raney (soprano saxophone,) Jay Mollerskov (guitar,) and Devin Drobka (drums,) bring their shared experience to this music without the boundaries of style. Members of Trench have performed with Jerry Bergonzi, Malcolm Goldstein, Peter Kowald, Tony Malaby, Dan Nimmer, Greg Osby, Melvin Rhyne, Joe Sanders, Marvin Stamm, and Ernie Watts.
The Tontine Ensemble
Allen Russell - violin
Molly Lieberman - viola
Patrick Reinholz - cello
Barry Clark - bass
The Tontine Ensemble was founded in the spring of 2014 with the dream of playing music and getting weird. Its four current members first played together in Dave Schoepke’s basement for a Blank Radio improvised recording session and soon found themselves rehearsing regularly, exploring works by 20th and 21st century composers and experimenting with improvisation. Allen Russell, Molly Lieberman, Pat Reinholz, and Barry Paul Clark are all classically trained musicians who teach and perform regularly around the Milwaukee area and beyond.
The Tontine Ensemble has appeared in performances with Danceworks (Paleontology of a Woman and Footsteps, Shadows and Whispers) and Alverno Presents (Prince Uncovered). They have also performed as part of Milwaukee Follies, Mike Neumeyer and Friends, and the Prematurely Air-Conditioned Arts Collective. They have shared performances with JOBS, Netmoiré, Lovely Socialite Mrs. Thomas W. Phipps, and Geodes.
In September of 2014 the Tontine Ensemble was described as “a tight group” that demonstrates “their virtuosity in an expansive set of improvisations” by the Shepherd Express.