• 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
readings & workshops
April 6 - Jun 27

Book Club: Readshops led by Karl Gartung

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


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

November 10

Alternating Currents Live presents: The Transatlantic Bridge #2.2

special events
November 16

39th Anniversary Gala

November 17

Alternating Currents Live presents: Ernest Dawkins’ Boglifier Project

readings & workshops
November 21

Poetry Reading: Kimberly Blaeser & William Stobb

November 28


Archived performances
Sep 15 Sunday, September 15
7:00pm, $6 Members | $7 Student & Senior | $8 General

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.