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June 12th, 2015: Utech Records Music Festival III @ Anodyne Coffee (224 W. Bruce) Day 1 features Cetacea (CA), Trevor De Brauw (US) and Dave Rempis + Steven Hess (US).

June 13th, 2015: Utech Records Music Festival III @ Cactus Club. Day 2 features Burning Tree (NO), André Foisy + Jacob Essak (US), Dead Neanderthals (NL), Sten Ove Toft (NO), Frank Rosaly (US), Gates (CA), Insect Ark (US) and Markerlight (US).

Sunday, June 14, 7pm, Seed Sounds
@The Jazz Gallery Center for the Arts, 926 E. Center St. Paul Westfahl, drums; Cody Steinmann, guitar; Rick Ollman, winds. Special guests: The Tontine Ensemble: Allen Russell, violin; Molly Lieberman, viola; Pat Reinholz, cello; Barry Clark, bass.

June 24th, 2015: Paal Nilssen-Love's Large Unit @ The Sugar Maple. Featuring Jon Rune Strøm - double and electric bass; Andreas Wildhagen - drums; Paal Nilssen-Love - drums; Mats Äleklint - trombone; Christian Meaas Svendsen - double and electric bass; Klaus Ellerhusen Holm - alto and baritone saxophone; Kasper Værnes - alto saxophone; Thomas Johansson - cornet; Børre Mølstad - tuba; Ketil Gutvik - electric guitar; Lasse Marhaug - electronics and turntable. Time TBA! https://www.facebook.com/pnllargeunit

Thursday, July 2, 2015, 7pm, Codename: Magenta @Walkers Point Center for the Arts, 839 S. 5th St. Linda Binder, violin; Pat Reinholz, cello; Rick Ollman, winds, guitar, percussion. Special guest: Ben Willis, bass. Special bonus set: Hal Rammel and Linda Binder, Waterphone duet

Sunday, July 19th  Option Milwaukee presents Tim Barnes (percussion) & Ken Vandermark (reeds) Duo @ the Sugar Maple, 7 pm. 

Thursday, July 9, Console Lazers of Königsberg Orchestra, aka the MiLO Reunion Whiskey Shindig @ UWM Recital Hall, 2400 E. Kenwood Boulevard   7:30 pm, free

An evening of electroacoustic chamber music, reuniting Milwaukee stalwarts with old friends and improvisation community alumni from around the country. Featuring trio, quartet, and quintet performances by musicians including Christopher Burns, David Collins, Hal Rammel, Amanda Schoofs, Kevin Schlei, Steve Schlei, Jim Schoenecker, Erik Schoster, Jerod Sommerfeldt, and Peter J. Woods, plus special guests yet to be announced. An incredible number of electroacoustic music-making techniques stirred in a surround-sound environment, all in the service of a celebration of music and friendship.

Sunday, August 2nd:    Option Milwaukee presents Nate Wooley (trumpet) & Ken Vandermark (reeds) Duo @ The Sugar Maple, 7 pm.  

Sunday, September 6th:    Option Milwaukee presents Paal Nilssen-Love (drums) & Ken Vandermark (reeds) Duo @ The Sugar Maple, 7 pm. 

Sunday, September 27:  Alternating Currents Live presents James Falzone's Early Music Quartet @ The Woodland Pattern Book Center.  7pm
James Falzone - clarinet
Jason Stein - bass clarinet,
Fred Lonberg-Holm - cello and electronics
Frank Rosaly - drums and electronics.

James Falzone's Early Music Quartet interprets music from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance through the filter of improvisation. This quartet, founded in 2010 for a performance at the inaugural Chicago Early Music Festival, features four of Chicago's most intrepid improvisers all of whom have performed at Woodland Pattern in the past in an impressive variety of projects.

Sunday, November 1, Alternating Currents Live presents Urs Leimgruber, Jacques Demierre and Barre Phillips @ The Woodland Pattern Book Center. 7pm:
Urs Leimgruber - soprano saxophone
Jacques Demierre - toy piano
Barre Phillips  - double bass

This Milwaukee concert is part of a tour marking the 15th anniversary of the Urs Leimgruber, Jacques Demierre, Barre Phillips Trio and the 80th birthday of bassist Barre Phillips.  Both Urs Leimgruber and Jacques Demierre have visited Woodland Pattern in the past.  This is Barre Phillips first performance in Milwaukee though in his many decades of recording jazz and improvised music he is probably in just about everyone’s record collection and or on their turntable.

Sunday, November 8, Alternating Currents Live presents (In association with The Bridge) - The Transatlantic Network of Creative Music @ The Woodland Pattern Book Center  7pm
Harrison Bankhead - double bass
Benjamin Duboc - double bass
Hamid Drake - drums
Ramon Lopez - drums

Once again The Bridge - a Transatlantic Network for Creative Music unites a unique and stellar constellation of musical forces.  Our good friends Harrison Bankhead and Hamid Drake return with two equally creative French improvisers: Benjamin Duboc and Ramon Lopez. Two drummers and two double basses convene to, in the words of The Bridge manifesto, “... to reinforce the links between the creative practices of distinct musical communities.”


First Sunday Night of every Month - MKE Improv Series @ The Jazz Estate http://cargocollective.com/unrehearsedMKE


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The main purpose of this group is to establish a reliable mailing list / network to help SPREAD THE WORD for upcoming Free Jazz / improvisation / Chicago Side Projects etc. events coming to the Milwaukee Area. A lot of these shows sneak in and out too quietly due to lack of publicity. Here is a sample of the type of projects/Musicians I am referring to (that have visited Milwaukee in the past few years):

Peter Brotzmann - David Boykin Expanse - The Engines - Triage - Ken Vandermark - The Rempis Percussion Quartet - DKV Trio - The Territory Band - Atomic - The Frame Quartet - Vandermark/Nilssen-Love Duo - DK3 Trio - Peter Brötzmann Chicago Tentet - Holy Sh!t. - Klang (James Falzone/Jason Adaisewicz/Jason Roebke/Tim Daisy) - Plastic People of the Universe - Collected Fiction (Okka Disk) cd release concert - Marcin Wasilewski Trio - Lilya Zilberstein - Evan Parker; the list goes on......

Venues for these shows have included:

The Sugar Maple http://www.mysugarmaple.com
The Woodland Pattern Book Center http://www.woodlandpattern.org/
The Borg Ward http://www.myspace.com/theborgward

WMSE: http://www.wmse.org/
Group Established: Dec. 2008