What: 88Nine Studio Session with San Fermin
Where: 88Nine Radio Milwaukee (220 E. Pittsburgh Avenue, Walker’s Point)
When: Thursday, October 24th @ noon
The visionary project of Brooklyn-based composer and songwriter Ellis Ludwig-Leone, San Fermin has earned worldwide praise for its pairing of pop-minded melodies with lushly avant-garde arrangements. Formed in 2013—shortly after Ludwig-Leone completed a job assisting composer Nico Muhly—San Fermin made their debut with a self-titled LP hailed by NPR as “one of the year’s most ambitious, evocative, and moving records.” The band’s sophomore outing Jackrabbit arrived in 2015, earning recognition from Rolling Stone for “(channeling) quarter-life existentialism through sophisticated wind and string compositions.” Belong followed two years later, with applause from the likes of The New Yorker, who praised the album’s “lovely baroque arrangements, analog eclecticism, and lavish harmonies.” Equally inventive on stage as in the studio, Ludwig-Leone and San Fermin have spent much of the band’s existence on the road, including sold out headline shows around the world, international festival sets, and tours supporting such like-minded artists as St. Vincent, The National, Arctic Monkeys, and alt-J.