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Aug
24
Sat
2019
Find Us at Grant Park: Nick Zoulek @ Grant Park
Aug 24 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Find Us at Grant Park: Nick Zoulek @ Grant Park

Join us for a small-scale afternoon concert featuring Nick Zoulek, who will play solo works on alto, tenor and bass saxophones.

Praised as “…stunningly virtuosic, whatever the genre…” (Wall Street Journal), saxophonist and composer Nick Zoulek creates an emotionally griping performance by pushing the limits of bass, alto, and tenor saxophones. What begins as a recognizable line circles back on itself, erasing ideas about beginnings and endings in the process, all fueled by intense technical prowess. Nick’s playing has been praised as “..a no-holds-barred engine of avant-garde exploration” (Portland Press Herald) “with the capacity to take you to other worlds.” (Milwaukee Magazine). Comprising Zoulek’s solo works for alto, tenor and bass saxophones, this concert will feature new works from Nick’s upcoming album, Enter Branch, a multimedia endeavor that will combine Zoulek’s solo playing in collaborations with S. Carey, members of Eighth Blackbird, the Tontine Ensemble, and many more.

Nick’s music can be heard on Rushing Past Willow, available on Innova Records. For more information, please visit www.nickzoulek.com

Bio

“…Zoulek’s performance, on saxophones in every range, is stunningly virtuosic, whatever the genre.” -The Wall Street Journal

A modern saxophonist of “pure mindfulness and talent” (PopMatters), Nick Zoulek’s focus on performance, collaboration, multimedia, and improvisation, has led to a diverse portfolio of distinctive artistic ventures, performing across France, the United Kingdom, Canada, and the United States.

As a soloist, Nick’s craft has been lauded as “wickedly contagious” (The Huffington Post) with the capacity to “[take] you to other worlds” (Milwaukee Magazine). The versatility Nick displays on the saxophone has been praised as “[b]eautiful harmonies [singing] in contrast to mysterious knockings and hums, and finally to ungodly, soul-shattering blasts”(Shepherd Express). Bringing together diverse musical landscapes, Nick’s performances traverse genre, bringing together classical, jazz, experimental, and rock idioms. He has garnered numerous awards as a classical soloist, and has been featured in concerti with the University of Wisconsin Whitewater Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra, the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire Wind Ensemble, and the Boulogne Ensemble du Vent. Committed to advancing the classical saxophone, Nick performs frequently as a visiting guest artist at universities across the United States, most recently as the featured artist of the Shockingly Modern Saxophone Festival and as the year-long Artist in Residence for the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee SENSORIA series.

As an interdisciplinary artist, Nick is “a no-holds-barred engine of avant-garde exploration,” (Portland Press Herald). Currently, Nick is working on his second album project, Enter Branch, which will combine his performance and compositions with members of Bon Iver, Eighth Blackbird, Field Report, the Tontine Ensemble, ~nois saxophone quartet, and many more. He has served as music director with Wild Space Dance Company, and has scored and performed dance works with the Madison Ballet, HYPERlocal, and with members of Zenon and Like You Mean It dance companies.  Nick often works with film and animation, experimenting with the expressive potential of visual media. His films center on self-composed scores, and have been screened at festivals in England, Canada, Serbia, Africa, and around the United States. Nick’s media works have garnered numerous awards, including Best Experimental Film from the London Modcon International Film Festival and Largo Film Festival. 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 maintains an active profile researching the saxophone’s role in contemporary classical music, presenting on contemporary aesthetics and saxophone performance. He has served on faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (sabbatical replacement), teaching saxophone and jazz studies courses. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Contemporary Music Performance with a cognate in Digital Media from Bowling Green State University. Additionally, 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 previously learned with Dr. John Sampen, Jean-Michel Goury, Dr. Matthew Sintchak, and Dr. Jon Amon.

The music will be at the Beach Access point, by the stone staircase (just past Seven Bridges). Check out this map for more info.

Bring your own chairs/blankets for seating, and picnic food or beverages as you wish. Walk, bike or drive on over to meet us!

This event will host a donation bin for No Empty Backpacks

Symposium of Sound: Extended Woodwind Techniques with Nick Zoulek @ Grant Park
Aug 24 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Symposium of Sound: Extended Woodwind Techniques with Nick Zoulek @ Grant Park
Breaking it Down: Extended Techniques with Nick Zoulek
After his show, Nick Zoulek will host a Q&A and will give a workshop on the techniques used throughout the performance, including circular breathing, slap tongue, growling, flutter tongue, multiphonics, and more. All ages and skill levels are welcome!
Find more info on Nick’s bio/background in this performance description. 

The class will be held at the Beach Access point, by the stone staircase (just past Seven Bridges). Check out this map for more info.

Sep
14
Sat
2019
Find Us at Doctors Park: North Point Brass Quintet @ Doctors Park
Sep 14 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Find Us at Doctors Park: North Point Brass Quintet @ Doctors Park

The music will be on the north end of the park, near the Schlitz Audobon Nature Center. Check out this map for more info.

Bring your own chairs/blankets for seating, and picnic food or beverages as you wish. Walk, bike or drive on over to meet us!

The North Point Brass Quintet was founded as a ceremonial ensemble in 2013 by some of the top brass players from the Milwaukee and Chicago area. Our repertoire includes classical masterpieces, Dixieland, Broadway, Patriotic, holiday and sacred music that reflect both the versatility of our players and the many directions that brass quintet music reaches.

North Point Brass members have performed with the New York Philharmonic, Arkansas Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, Green Bay Symphony, Festival City Symphony, Racine Symphony, Kenosha Symphony and Madison Symphonies. In addition to maintaining busy performance schedules covering classical, jazz, Latin and Broadway styles, we are involved in music education; both through curricular and extra-curricular school programs and through private lesson instruction at Lakeland College, Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, Brass Bell Music Store, Be Sound Music Studio, J.S. Cable Music Studio and White House of Music.

Our performances have brought us to many churches including Fox Point Lutheran, The Basilica of St. Josaphat, The Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, Holy Hill National Shrine of Mary, Gesu Parish, All Saints Cathedral, and many universities including University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Marquette University, St. Norbert College, Wisconsin Lutheran College, Mount Mary College, University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Alverno College and Concordia University.

North Point Brass Quintet Members:

Dale Elenich, trumpet
Eric Sperry, trumpet
Sarah Fleming, horn
Jake Tomasicyk, trombone
Laura Meyer Demers, tuba
Sep
28
Sat
2019
Find Us at Pike Lake: Marcya Daneille @ Kettle Moraine State Forest - Pike Lake Unit
Sep 28 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Find Us at Pike Lake: Marcya Daneille @ Kettle Moraine State Forest - Pike Lake Unit

Marcya Daneille and her band will present “All Hail the Queen of Soul! A Tribute to Aretha Franklin.” It will be a journey through the Queen’s songbook. The group will perform Aretha’s classic Soul tunes, as well as tunes from her Jazz repertoire . Expect the vibe to be soulful and the arrangements as diverse as the Queen herself!

Head over to the Lake, with your chairs, for the concert – we’ll be right alongside it. Bring along your favorite snacks and beverages of any sort. Special event day use fee of $5.00 per vehicle (or current state park vehicle pass) will be the entrance fee. Should make for a beautiful fall afternoon!

 

 

 

 

Oct
5
Sat
2019
Find Us at Boelter: Dream City Strings @ Boelter SuperStore
Oct 5 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Find Us at Boelter: Dream City Strings @ Boelter SuperStore

Head through the store to the Events Center in back.

No need to bring chairs to this one – Boelter will supply them!

While the store closes at 3pm, all concert attendees will receive a coupon for their next shopping experience at the store.

Dream City Strings is a string quartet that comprises of some of Milwaukee’s top violinists, violists and cellists. Their fun and up-beat repertoire consists of everything from Beethoven to Katy Perry. If you’ve enjoyed the top-40s covers by the ever-popular Vitamin String Quartet, you’ll love Milwaukee’s own Dream City Strings.


Drum Circles with Andrew Moreno in July, 2019, at "Family Music, Alfresco." Despite there being a heat advisory/100 degree weather that day, we still had some awesome and willing takers for our event! We are looking forward to hosting many more fun, interactive events such as this in the future.