• 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 4

Virtual Poetry Reading: Mónica de la Torre + José Felipe Alvergue

readings & workshops
April 4

Virtual Workshop with Mónica de la Torre

readings & workshops
April 10

Virtual Poetry Reading: Marilyn Chin

film & video
April 17

Virtual Film Screening: The Collection

readings & workshops
April 19 - May 10

Intergenerational Self-Collaboration: A Multi-Arts Workshop with Paul McComas

readings & workshops
April 24

Virtual Poetry Reading: Krystal Languell + Jennifer Nelson + Ae Hee Lee

film & video
April 25

Virtual Film Screening: Immortal Cupboard: In Search of Lorine Niedecker 

readings & workshops
April 29

Virtual Poetry Reading: Raquel Salas Rivera + Lara Mimosa Montes

Archived performances
Mar 17 Tuesday, March 17
7:00pm, $Give What You Can

Unfortunately, this event has been canceled.


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


Set 1: Mantel/Matthies duo

Mark Mantel - percussion

Wilhelm Matthies - mosesa

Set 2: Montauk Project [più mosso]

Jake Polancich - drums/percussion/bassoon/guitar

Ryan Meisel - saxophones, flutes/processors

Elisabeth O'Keefe-Roskopf - dancer

Katharina Abderholden - dancer

Montauk Project is an improvised percussion/woodwinds duo featuring Milwaukee-based musicians and educators Jake Polancich (drums/percussion/bassoon/guitar) and Ryan Meisel (saxophones, flutes/processors). 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. There is an intentional transparency to Montauk Project compositions; allowing the music to breathe, morph, flex, and maneuver. The duo is joined by dancers Elisabeth O'Keefe-Roskopf and Katharina Abderholden as they explore movement through improvisation and sound. "Più mosso" is the Italian musical term that translates to "more motion." 

Jake and Ryan share a musical bond formed after many years playing together in the RM QuArtet. 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.