• 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
April 22

ACL presents Renee Baker Quartet, Visual Dark Scratch Suite

April 22

Woman: Frailty Thy Name, works by Renee Baker

readings & workshops
April 25

Reading: Toni Jensen

readings & workshops
April 26

Four Milwaukee Poets: Alix Anne Shaw with Annie Grizzle, Sam Pekarske & Bethany Price

readings & workshops
April 28

Wisconsin Reads: Reading with Louise Erdrich (video streamed to Woodland Pattern)

readings & workshops
May 2

Poetry Reading: Rena Priest and Denise Low

readings & workshops
May 2

Craft Talk with Denise Low at UWM

readings & workshops
May 10

Birds in Poetry at Urban Ecology Center

May 13

Alternating Currents Live presents: The Transatlantic Bridge #11

readings & workshops
May 16

Kundiman Midwest Chapbook Series Noel Pabillo Mariano

May 17

Formations Series for New & Improvised Music

readings & workshops
May 24

Poetry Reading: Urban Echo Poets

June 3

ACL presents: Tom Hamilton & City of Vorticity

Archived performances
May 18 Thursday, May 18
7:00pm, $6 members | $7 students/seniors | $8 general


{SET 1}

Nick Zoulek - solo saxophone

Nick Zoulek is a modern artist of “pure mindfulness and talent” (PopMatters), with an impassioned eye toward the unification of contemporary art and sound. His focus on collaboration, improvisation, and commissioning new works has led to a diverse portfolio of distinctive performances and artistic ventures. As a soloist and composer, Nick’s craft has been lauded as “a no-holds-barred engine of avant-garde exploration,” (Portland Press Herald) with the capacity to “[take] you to other worlds” (Milwaukee Magazine). The versatility Nick displays on the instrument has been praised as “[b]eautiful harmonies [singing] in contrast to mysterious knockings and hums, and finally to ungodly, soul-shattering blasts” (Shepherd Express). As an interdisciplinary artist, Nick has scored and performed dance works with Wild Space Dance Company, the Madison Ballet, and HYPERlocal. Additionally, his films have garnered numerous awards in experimental media, and have been screened at festivals around the world, most notably in England, Serbia, Africa, and around the USA. Nick’s music can be heard on Rushing Past Willow (INNOVA Records), which fuses all of facets of his work through self-composed pieces for alto, tenor, and bass saxophone.

Nick is currently on faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where he teaches saxophone and jazz studies courses. He is pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Contemporary Music Performance at Bowling Green State University with the guidance of Distinguished Artist Professor Dr. John Sampen. Nick holds a Master of Music Performance from BGSU, a Certificat des Études Musicales from the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régionale de Boulogne-Billancourt, and a Bachelor of Music Performance with Magna Cum Laude honors from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. He has learned with Jean-Michel Goury, Dr. Matthew Sintchak, and Dr. Jon Amon.

{SET 2}

The Oak Creek Ensemble

Jason Wietlispach - winds and strings
Rick Ollman - winds and percussion
Mark Mantle - percussion
David Are - percussion
Hal Rammel - amplified palette
Linda Binder - strings
Wilhelm Matthies - mosesa
Guest light switch conductors drawn from a hat at the event.

Oak Creek Ensemble is a group that has played together off and on for a number of years, mostly recording together in Jason Wietlispach’s studio in Oak Creek. Over the years, Jason evolved a light switch semi-composing format when we were free improvising, to create surprising shifts in musical direction and texture.

May 17 will be our 3rd public performance. Each time we have played in the public, we have extended the light switch concept to the listening audience. We invite you to come to the Formations Series, May 17, and put your name in a hat for a chance to be a light switch composer.