Wisconsin Music Ventures

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Upcoming Events

Aug
19
Mon
2019
Open-Air Theory Retreat, Level 1 @ Estabrook Park
Aug 19 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Open-Air Theory Retreat, Level 1 @ Estabrook Park

Attendees must register (purchase a ticket) in advance.

Students should secure their own copy of this book before the class begins, and bring it along. The following concepts will be worked through together:

The Theory section of Excellence in Theory, Book One concentrates on learning the basic language of music that helps develop well-rounded musicians. Lesson & Assignment pages introduce staves, treble and bass clef. Time signatures, and simple rhythms. Melodic elements are presented in accidentals, enharmonics, and whole and half steps, as well as tetrachords and major scales. Each lesson is carefully reinforced through Review pages. 

The class is taught by Mrs. Allison Schweitzer. She will hand out pencils to use, and have a piano keyboard available for the class.

The class will be held between the dog park and tot lot areas. Check out this map for more info.

Each attendee will receive a WMV water bottle upon completion of the class.

Should severe weather arise, there WILL be an indoor location available to us in Wauwatosa.

Find Us at Estabrook Park: The Estlund /Yanovskaya Duo @ Estabrook Park
Aug 19 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Find Us at Estabrook Park: The Estlund /Yanovskaya Duo @ Estabrook Park

Join us for a small-scale early afternoon concert featuring the Estlund /Yanovskaya Duo: a flute and classical guitar ensemble that performs music ranging from baroque to contemporary compositions. 

A native of Kiev, Ukraine Irina Yanovskaya combining an active performance and teaching careers. She has appeared as a soloist, and chamber musician in the United States and abroad. Irina graduated from Kiev Institute of Art and Music in 1994 under Victoria Zhadko with a degree in Classical Guitar Performance, Orchestral Conducting, and Guitar Pedagogy. Irina has over 30 years of experience teaching classical guitar to kids and adults. She is a member of the Suzuki and Pre-College Guitar Department faculty at University Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Irina is President of the Milwaukee Classical Guitar Society local non-profit organization dedicated to the art of classical guitar and education. 

While still in high school, Mr. Estlund studied with Mrs. Mary (Spalding) Peck (Chicago Symphony), and two years later with Elaine (Clear) Oberg who studied with Carl Petkoff. He played in Chicago Chamber Orchestra under Armand Baker at age 18. He began teaching flute lessons at the age of 19 in Lincoln and later Streeter, IL, while in college. He earned a BME from Illinois Wesleyan University, studying with Sylvia (Kendrick) Boyd, later earning an MME from Illinois State University under the instruction and guidance of Max Schoenfeld. He has performed with: Bloomington Municipal Band, Bloomington-Normal Symphony, Chicago Heights Symphony, Kankakee All-Arts Council Chamber Orchestra, and Kankakee Symphony, and many other groups on a freelance basis. He has also been a freelance soloist since the late 1960s. He was a public school band director in Odell and Braidwood, Illinois, and later in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. He also taught applied flute at Olivet Nazarene College in Kankakee, Illinois. He is currently teaching lessons in his home studio and doing freelance performing on flute and saxophone.

The music will be between the dog park and tot lot areas. 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

Family Music, Al Fresco: UWM Suzuki and Pre-College Guitar @ Estabrook Park
Aug 19 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Family Music, Al Fresco: UWM Suzuki and Pre-College Guitar @ Estabrook Park

Students from the UW-Milwaukee Suzuki and Pre-College Guitar Program will offer a special performance on this day, showing off recent pieces they’ve learned on classical guitar.

For more information on the UWM program, click here.

The music will be between the dog park and tot lot areas. 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!

Children in attendance will be offered a chance to try strumming a classical guitar.

This event will host a donation bin for No Empty Backpacks

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.


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.