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.