• 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 15 Sunday, September 15
7:00pm, $Give What You Can

Alternating Currents Live presents

Silvia Bolognesi, solo double bass, and duo with Russ Johnson, trumpet

Double bassist/composer Silvia Bolognesi returns to Milwaukee for an evening of compositions and improvisations for solo double bass followed by a series of duets with Milwaukee trumpet virtuoso Russ Johnson. Silvia Bolognesi last performed here with the quartet Tomeka Reid & her Italian Friends in 2016.


Double bassist, composer, and arranger Silvia Bolognesi graduated in double bass at the Institute R.Franci of Siena.  She teaches double bass and jazz combo class 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 Hear In Now (with Tomeka Reid on cello and Mazz Swift on violin and voice).  In 2017 this trio performed in Roscoe Mitchell’s sextet project “Homage to John Coltrane”. She has performed and recorded with Roscoe Mitchell and others as part of the Art Ensemble of Chicago 50th Anniversary special project.

Trumpeter Russ Johnson has been the Director of Jazz Studies and University of Wisconsin-Parkside since 2010 when he moved to the midwest after spending 23 years as a significant member of New York City’s jazz community. 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. He most recently performed at Woodland Pattern in a trio with Chicago percussionist Mike Reed and bassist Jason Roebke and in a duo with saxophonist Dave Rempis.