Jazz and classical compositions sung through the theatre space at the Alchemist in Bay View last Friday. Budding impresario and alto saxist Steve Gallam leads a small guild of musicians bent on reverberating their sound throughout Milwaukee, know as Milwaukee Area Artists and Composers (MACA). Original solo composition performances from Nathan Dill on violin, Mike Neumeyer on piano and Blake Manning on tenor sax messaged harmonies for the audience’s auditory pleasure. Ensemble performances featured the soloists, accompanied by Paul Westfahl on drums, presenting variations on Gallam’s original composition Ellen St. Theme . The Smiler Grogan Case added original pieces to the set, played by tenor saxist Austin Byrd, bassist Brad Karas, and Westfahl.
MACA also provides an outlet for artists with designs craving wall space. Work from local artist Jason Ludtke hung from The Alchemist’s gallery space. Visual artistry from Nic Buchel, Enrique Catalado, Nichole Doty, and Jeremy Dunn cameoed, not to be upstaged by special guest Ossacip P.
The MACA event filled a niche for The Alchemist Theatre’s Project Empty Space, an open call for performance and performance-related ideas. If agreeable to proprietors Aaron Koepec and Erica Case, two of Milwaukee’s most talented and bright young entrepreneurs, The Alchemist will host your project. Upcoming Project Empty Space events are an acting workshop moderated by Grace DeWolf on June 19 and a Bayview Treasure Hunt on July 17.
The Alchemist Theatre’s current production Fool for Love, written by Sam Shepard, runs from June 3rd to June 18th.