Listening back, looking forward

1/2/2017 | read

In 2016, Indexical presented a dozen events at venues in Santa Cruz and Brooklyn. Check out the result of that series on Bandcamp, and pick up the full album for free (or whatever you want to give). We truly appreciate the artists’ generosity, and hope you enjoy listening to their work.

First in 2017, the JACK Quartet and Lightbulb Ensemble are coming to Peace United Church of Christ in Santa Cruz on January 13 to premiere three new pieces for the combined ensemble. Building on the success of their 2015 performance of LBE director Brian Baumbusch’s epic Hydrogen(2)Oxygen—called “maddeningly beautiful … magnificent, and as intoxicating as a drug” by the Washington Post—the two ensembles premiere new pieces by three current and former LBE members: Santa Cruz composer Sarang Kim, Wayne Vitale, and Peter Sloan. Baumbusch’s Hydrogen(2)Oxygen will close the concert. Check out a video from their Washington D.C. performance below.

Later in the month, Weston Olencki returns to Santa Cruz with Matt Barbier, as the duo RAGE THORMBONES. They’ll play Timothy McCormack’s hour-plus piece WORLDEATER, with an opening improvised set with Zachary James Watkins of Black Spirituals.

Closing January, Ma'ayan Tsadka returns to Santa Cruz with her Museum of Extinct Sounds and Imaginary Water Creatures, a rare visit to a museum of sounds from the future; and Laura Steenberge & K.C.M. Walker premiere the results of a collaboration on cryptozoology and ritual magic.