• 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
November 19

Poetry Reading: Santee Frazier & Franklin K.R. Cline

readings & workshops
November 21

Offsite Talk: Native American Identity & the Politics of the Poetic Image 

readings & workshops
December 3

Ultimate Truth Poetry Reading and Book Release

readings & workshops
December 6

Heddy Keith author of Through it All

readings & workshops
December 9

Poetry Reading: Tonya M. Foster & Samiya Bashir

performances
December 10

Alternating Currents Live presents Nicole Mitchell Quartet

special events
January 27 -28

24th Annual Poetry Marathon & Benefit

Archived performances
Jun 18 Thursday, June 18
10:00am, $10 | FREE for those who pledge a reader for $35 or more

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


Scrawl

 

Chris Burns - electric guitar

Hal Rammel - amplified palette

Jim Schoeneker - electronics

 

Hal Rammel and Chris Burns have been improvising together for many years in a wide variety of ensembles in the Milwaukee area. In 2013 they began playing and recording as the duo Scrawl, focusing on amplified percussion, via Hal’s amplified palettes and Chris’ work with electric guitar. They have released the duo CD Scrawl (Penumbra Music) in 2014 and, most recently, Flares (Universal Reptile). Jim Schoenecker joined Scrawl for its first CD release concert in February 2014 at Woodland Pattern. In Scrawl, the trio edition, Jim continues to contribute unpredictable and dynamic analog synth sounds to the amplified instruments of Burns and Rammel.

 


 

Devin Drobka's BELL DANCE SONGS

 

Devin Drobka - drums

Chris Weller - tenor saxophone & clarinet

Tony Barba - tenor & soprano saxophones & bass clarinet

John Christensen - bass

Jay Mollerskov - guitar

 

"These songs were written over a period of 3 years while i lived in Brooklyn and Milwaukee and are a series of dedications to various people and experiences. The band was finally assembled when I moved back to Milwaukee in 2013. Chris, Jay, John, and Tony are some of the Midwest's most fearless improvisors and musicians and they make up the core of Bell Dance Songs." —Devin Drobka