Old Earth Concert---DaveH (Storyteller), and guitarists--Chris Porterfield, Dietrich Gosser, Todd Umhoefer
It was a magical night at Inspiration Studios. Storytelling by DaveH led to beautiful, sometimes haunting, music of three great gutiarists: Dietrich Gosser, Chris Porterfield and Old Earth (Todd Umhoefer). I walked in from a performance at another theatre just in time to treat my senses to the sounds of Chris and Todd. The candle-lit tables and Angie Zimmerman's dimly-lit photo exhibit provided a sense of calm to this cabaret setting. Complimentary wine, transformed the space into a low-key, yet spirited night club. WIth over 60 people in attendance, the audience was mesmerized by what they heard--every string, every piano key, every whisper of song. This proved to be the perfect setting for a night of lovely entertainment. It was a very proud moment indeed. -Erico
The Old Earth concert has certainly sparked more interest in Inspiration Studios. I was contacted on Monday by Milwaukee Record, the newest online news source, to see if I would be interested in an interview regarding the transformaiton of the funeral home into Inspiration Studios. What was expected by Tyler Maas to be a 20-minute interview became 60 minutes. The resulting article truly captures the story behind Inspiration Studios. It can be viewed here: "Inspiration Studios Breathes Life Into West Allis Arts"
There has been a whirlwind of activity at Inspiration Studios. Yesterday was the best example of that. With an art exhibit opening this weekend, a concert next weekend, and the upcoming Original One-Act Festival, it seemed Thursday was the day for many groups to meet at Inspiration Studios to get things done.
Erico Ortiz was born in Cayey, Puerto Rico and was raised in Milwaukee. He earned his undergraduate degree at Marquette University (Spanish Education) and a Masters Degree from UW-Milwaukee (Administrative Leadership). After working for Milwaukee Public Schools (teacher, administrator) for 33 years, it was time for retirement and a new direction.