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Spires That in the Sunset Rise & Michael Zerang + Jon Mueller + Tontine Ensemble
Bay View United Methodist Church
Milwaukee, WI
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Spires That in the Sunset Rise & Michael Zerang + Jon Mueller + Tontine Ensemble
On Saturday, May 20th, 2017, join contemporary music/improvising string quartet Tontine Ensemble as they welcome special guests Spires That in the Sunset Rise with Michael Zerang, and percussionist + Rhythmplex founder Jon Mueller. The show is taking place inside the chapel at Bay View United Methodist Church (2772 S Kinnickinnic Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53207) beginning at 7:30 PM.


Beginning in January of 2011, composer, percussionist and improvisor Michael Zerang joined Spires That in the Sunset Rise for a year-long collaboration to explore a broad range of sonic and textural improvisations in a series of live concerts throughout the year. The collaboration culminated in residency at the Experimental Sound Studio in Chicago, as a part of their Artist Residence Program, where the trio was able to perform and record a massive amount of material. The partial result of this effort is the Illinois Glossolalia LP released through Feeding Tube Records in January 2017.

"Child" from Illinois Glossolalia (Feeding Tube)

"Triangulura" from Illinois Glossolalia (Feeding Tube)

"II" from Kata Physin (No Index Recordings)


Jon Mueller has been a drummer and percussionist since 1985. Covering a variety of genres and techniques over the years, his aim has been to use drums, percussion and sound as a way to express something felt but not easily defined. Audiences throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Japan, and the United Kingdom have described his performances as cathartic, intense, and meditative. Notable solo performances have taken place at the Guggenheim Museum, New Museum, SXSW, Alverno Presents, Hopscotch Fest, and Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal.


Tontine Ensemble was founded in the spring of 2014 with the mission to perform improvisational and contemporary chamber works, as well as champion new music from composers in their community. Its four current members first played together for a Blank Radio (Milwaukee, WI) 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.

Tontine Ensemble has appeared as guest artists at Mike Neumeyer and Friends, Danceworks, Inc. (Paleontology of a Woman - 2014, Footsteps, Shadows & Whispers - 2015), Milwaukee Follies, Formations Series for New and Improvised Music, Alverno Presents (Prince Uncovered - 2015), The Pre-Maturely Air Conditioned Arts Collective and performed in the inaugural Milwaukee Fringe Festival in August 2016.

The ensemble has shared the stage with JOBS, Netmoiré, Lovely Socialite Mrs. Thomas W. Phipps, 1913, Geodes, Trench, Jonah Parzen-Johnson, Jamison Williams, Nestle and Tyler Damon + Tashi Dorji duo.


Bay View United Methodist Church (View)
2772 S Kinnickinnic Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53207
United States


Arts > Performance

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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