Male is an open-ended ensemble that includes a revolving cast of some of Chicago’s most creative musicians. The core group consists of Jonathan Krohn, and Benjamin Mjolsness. Upon finishing their debut album, All Are Welcome (2009), Ben and Jon immediately entered the studio to record the follow-up LP, German for Shark (2010), with a lot of help from Todd Mattei, who had become more of a mainstay in the core group. They decided to invite all the musicians who contributed to All Are Welcome (Jason Adasiewicz, Josh Berman, Nick Butcher, Steven Hess and Mike Reed), along with Dave Rempis on saxophone. Male continues to perform improvised live sets in various configurations with album collaborators as well as new contributors such as noted drummer Frank Rosaly.