Mike Allemana and the Regulators

Mike Allemana

Mike Allemana and the RegulatorsThe North Street Cabaret — Friday, January 7, 2022 — 8PM

By Michael Brenneis

Interview date: 12/18/2021

Guitarist, arranger, ethnomusicologist Mike Allemana traces much of his inspiration back to the influence of Von Freeman, and his nights at the fabled Apartment Lounge where he engaged with both the elders and the youth of the culture. His band the Regulators pushes the limits of rhythm while always maintaining a Funk connection, and acknowledging the lineage of Steve Coleman, Von Freeman, and many others.


The Bridge: Keefe Jackson, Dave Rempis, Peter Orins

The Bridge: Keefe Jackson, Dave Rempis, Peter Orins  — Audio for the Arts — Sunday, December 19, 2021 — 7PM

By Michael Brenneis

Interview date: 12/11/2021

The Bridge is an exchange of music and culture between France and Chicago that began in 2012. Each edition includes a new batch of improvisors who join forces over an extended period of time, performing numerous shows in Europe and the U.S., and combining their individuality into a group sound that is coherent and unique. The performance in Madison includes Chicago reedmen Keefe Jackson and Dave Rempis, and French drummer Peter Orins.

For those keeping score: Christine Wodrascka joins this performance now that a piano is available.


Tony Barba

Tony Barba, John Christensen, Devin Drobka — Audio for the Arts — Saturday, December 18, 2021 — 8PM

By Michael Brenneis

Interview date: 11/28/2021

Bay Stater Tony Barba has hung his hat in Madison for almost a decade now, and built a solid musical career over that time. He’s as serious about work/life balance as he is about writing and performing at the highest level. While his melodic approach harkens back to tenor giants like Sonny Rollins, Tony’s unique voice rings true in any context.