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Formations is a monthly music series dedicated to fostering the growth of new and improvised music in Milwaukee.
The Geodes are an improvisational trio from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Laptop/multi-instrumentalists Erik Schoster (a.k.a. He Can Jog) and Nate Zabriskie (a.k.a. Nomad Palace) have been performing together since 2002 in Cedar AV with guitarist, vocalist, and producer Nick Sanborn. Erik and Nate have also worked together in other groups and eventually started working under the name “Geodes.” Jess Lemont (a.k.a. Be a Waterwolf), drummer and multi-instrumentalist, joined the group in 2014.
The Geodes are equally inspired by the raw energy of free jazz, the deep concentration of raga, and the hyperspecificity of algorithmic computer music. They continue to release music every month on their ever-expanding EP series which has been in progress since March of 2014.
Marc Weidenbaum of Disquiet described some of their music as “a series of drones, from oh-so-quiet, to richly patterned, to a cicada frenzy, sewn into something that progresses like a piece of program music.”
Among other performances this year, Geodes played the Sonic Circuits festival in D.C. and was featured during an episode of Local Live on Milwaukee radio station WMSE.
The Tontine Ensemble was founded in the spring of 2014 with the mission to perform improvisational works and to champion the compositions of Milwaukee composers. Its four current members first played together for a Blank Radio recording session and immediately began rehearsing regularly. Allen Russell, Molly Lieberman, Pat Reinholz, and Barry Paul Clark are all classically trained musicians who teach and regularly perform in a variety of styles around the Milwaukee area and beyond. The Tontine Ensemble has appeared as guest artists at Mike Neumeyer and Friends and the Milwaukee Follies. Up to date news and events regarding Tontine Ensemble can be found at www.facebook.com/TontineEnsemble or by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.