Once New Ensemble Performs at Door County UUF

Musical variety is the product of the Once Now Ensemble, performing at the UU Fellowship in Ephraim on October 28 at 7 pm.

The group presents a dynamic mix of musical influences that comes to a focus in a unique stream of improvised, instrumental voices playing off one another.

The ever-shifting moods of the group may reflect drummer Carl Raven’s long time interest in the family tree of African, Caribbean, and American Jazz rhythms, violinist Linda Binder’s frequent immersion in the music of Brazil, and percussionist Craig Berg’s involvement with the Indonesian gamelan. Reed player Frank Marquardt often leads the group into territory reminiscent of the free jazz of people like Sun Ra and Don Cherry. Mark Truesdell plays accordion and melodica, and he packs a unique drum kit that includes instruments of his own design. Rick Ollman switches from acoustic to amplified guitar, and from flute to clarinet to bass clarinet.

Each musician is at home in multiple idioms – and the sound often moves seamlessly from European classical to American jazz, with Asian and African sensibilities frequently invoked.

The UU Fellowship is presenting these musicians as part of their Emerson Series. Tickets are available at the door for $10 with open seating. A reception with an opportunity to meet the performers will follow the performance. The UU Fellowship is located at 10341 Highway 42 in Ephraim. For more information visit or call 920.854.7559.