• 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

exhibitions
October 5 - Nov 24

Chain of Events: Tyanna Buie

readings & workshops
October 22 - Dec 31

Welcome Home!: A Veterans Writing Group

readings & workshops
October 23

Reading and Book Launch: Kathie Giorgio

readings & workshops
October 24

Urban Echo Poets

readings & workshops
October 27

Submitathon

readings & workshops
October 30

Undocumented: Great Lakes Poets Laureate on Social Justice

readings & workshops
November 1

Reading and Screening: Trisha Low, Stephanie Young, and Zachary Epcar

film & video
November 3

It’s an Interlace: Five Videos by Barbara Hammer

readings & workshops
November 10 - Dec 8

Shifty Subjects and Unexpected Endings

performances
November 10

Alternating Currents Live presents: The Transatlantic Bridge #2.2

special events
November 16

39th Anniversary Gala

performances
November 17

Alternating Currents Live presents: Ernest Dawkins’ Boglifier Project

readings & workshops
November 21

Poetry Reading: Kimberly Blaeser & William Stobb

November 28

CLOSED

Archived performances
Dec 18 Thursday, December 18
11:00am,

Formations is a monthly music series dedicated to fostering the growth of new and improvised music in Milwaukee.


 

The Geodes are an improvisational trio from Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  Laptop/multi-instrumentalists Erik Schoster (a.k.a. He Can Jog) and Nate Zabriskie (a.k.a. Nomad Palace) have been performing together since 2002 in Cedar AV with guitarist, vocalist, and producer Nick Sanborn. Erik and Nate have also worked together in other groups and eventually started working under the name “Geodes.”  Jess Lemont (a.k.a. Be a Waterwolf), drummer and multi-instrumentalist, joined the group in 2014.

The Geodes are equally inspired by the raw energy of free jazz, the deep concentration of raga, and the hyperspecificity of algorithmic computer music.  They continue to release music every month on their ever-expanding EP series which has been in progress since March of 2014.

Marc Weidenbaum of Disquiet described some of their music as “a series of drones, from oh-so-quiet, to richly patterned, to a cicada frenzy, sewn into something that progresses like a piece of program music.”

Among other performances this year, Geodes played the Sonic Circuits festival in D.C. and was featured during an episode of Local Live on Milwaukee radio station WMSE.

 

The Tontine Ensemble was founded in the spring of 2014 with the mission to perform improvisational works and to champion the compositions of Milwaukee composers. Its four current members first played together for a Blank Radio recording session and immediately began rehearsing regularly. Allen Russell, Molly Lieberman, Pat Reinholz, and Barry Paul Clark are all classically trained musicians who teach and regularly perform in a variety of styles around the Milwaukee area and beyond. The Tontine Ensemble has appeared as guest artists at Mike Neumeyer and Friends and the Milwaukee Follies. Up to date news and events regarding Tontine Ensemble can be found at www.facebook.com/TontineEnsemble or by contacting tontineensemble@gmail.com.