• 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 - Sep 28

Book Club: Readshops led by Karl Gartung

readings & workshops
July 3 - Sep 25

Dhamma MKE

exhibitions
August 1 - Sep 26

The Point Being: Works by Thomas Gaudynski

special events
August 12 -23

CLOSED for inventory

readings & workshops
September 5

Br!NK New Play Festival

film & video
September 6

aCinema presents Aurora Picture Show’s Extremely Shorts Touring Program

readings & workshops
September 7

Poetry Reading: Ana Božičević & Annie Grizzle

readings & workshops
September 7

Poems are a River: Writing Built and Natural Form - a workshop with Ana Božičević

performances
September 11

Thomas Gaudynski, Linda Binder, and Mark Mantel performing in response to The Point Being

exhibitions
September 14

AVIARY: Selected Paintings by Ken Wood - Book Release and Reception

performances
September 15

Alternating Currents Live presents Silvia Bolognesi and Russ Johnson

performances
September 19

Formations Series for New and Improvised Music

readings & workshops
September 20

Poetry Reading: John Sierpinski, Sylvia Cavanaugh, and Ed Werstein

Archived performances
Jan 19 Thursday, January 19
7:00pm, $Give What You Can

 

{Set One}

 

Seed Sounds Trio

The freely improvising trio Seed Sounds plays monthly (now at 23 consecutive months) at Milwaukee's Jazz Gallery Center for the Arts, where they invite their favorite musicians as guest performers, guaranteeing a wide variety of musical approaches and challenges with unpredictable, spontaneous results. Tentative exploration gives way to pathfinding, to new directions, emotional release, surprisingly structured inventions, and creative sonic communication.

 

Paul Westfahl (Swing Chevron, Maya No Maya, The Little Lake Stompers, Milwaukolis) - drums and percussion

Cody Steinmann (Rhythm Changes, Milwaukolis) - guitar

Rick Ollman (Codename: Magenta, Once Now Ensemble) - cornet, clarinet, bass clarinet, flute.


 

{Set Two}

 

The Montauk Project

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 and Ryan share a musical bond formed after many years playing together in the Meisel Music Collective. Coming together earlier this decade, they have found a musical language within their work. Both being music educators, they are able to relate their music to real life concepts making their music accessible to all ages, and variations of listeners.