About Indexical

Indexical engages the public in radical and unfamiliar artistic work through an ongoing series of performances, workshops, and publications.

Indexical has presented concerts since 2011, beginning in a converted chapel in Brooklyn and relocating to Santa Cruz, California, in 2015. In 2018, Indexical formed a 501c3 nonprofit organization with the intention of providing a permanent home for experimental music and art in Santa Cruz.

We work closely with a handful of artists and composers to develop projects and new ideas over the course of many performances. This has included collaborations with artists such as Happy Valley Band, String Noise, Ghost Ensemble, Séverine Ballon, RAGE THORMBONES & Zachary James Watkins, Ma’ayan Tsadka, Laura Steenberge & K.C.M. Walker, and frequently includes those of us running Indexical.

Our performances sometimes become larger-scale studio projects, released on our in-house record label. Sometimes they’re accompanied by interviews and essays. In addition to studio recordings, we release many live recordings, videos, and live-in-studio performances through our subscription series The Essential Indexical.

In all releases and projects, we are interested in fitting the format of the project to the work, whether that entails a concert, lecture, publication, or custom bug-killing machine.

Indexical is dedicated to experimentation in music. Indexical engages the public in radical and unfamiliar work through performance, publication, documentation, educational initiatives, and discussion. We work with historically, culturally, and institutionally underrepresented artists and build community through long-term collaborative projects.

Organizing Staff

Andrew C. Smith, Executive Director
David Kant, Technical Director & Curator
Madison Heying, Audience Development Director & Curator
Mustafa Walker, Designer

(emails are firstname@indexical.org)

Board of Directors

Laura Steenberge, President
Annette Marines, Vice-President
David Zicarelli, Secretary
Jeff Galipeaux, Treasurer
Ann Hazels


Beau Sievers, Co-founder

Supporters of this and next season include Casey Anderson, Nathaniel Berman, David Van Brink, Linda Burman-Hall, Trevor Coates, Dominic Coles, Larry Cuba, Samantha DeLuna, William Delzell, Natacha Diels, Carlos Dominguez, Timothy Duncan, Margaret Eichelberger, Wonja Fairbrother, Carla Freccero, Anna Friz, Jeff Galipeaux, Ted Gordon, Deborah and Wayne Granquist, John & Caroline Hastings, Andrew Hedding, Andrew Jamieson, Joanne & Steven Kant, Michelle Lou, Marguerite Brown’s 28th Birthday, Luke McBride, Melodie Michel, Matt Mitchell, Brian Olewnick, Laurie Palmer, Brian Parks, Catherine Provenzano, Felicia Rice, Nicholas Roosevelt, Lanier Sammons, Ed Shanken & Yolande Harris, Craig Shepard, Teodora Stepancic, String Noise Duo, Robert Strizich & Merry Denehey, Tamiko Terada, Scott Tooby, May’an Tsadka, Carol Wilhelmy, Bennett Williamson & Kate Dundon, Thalia Wheatley, Google Matching Gifts Program, and 19 anonymous donors. Many thanks as well to Darwin Arts, LLC for their ongoing sponsorship.

Indexical’s concerts in Santa Cruz are funded in part by the Arts Council of Santa Cruz County and the Aaron Copland Fund for Music.

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Submit Your Work

We review unsolicited proposals (more or less) 3-6 months out, on a quarterly rolling basis. We will look at what you send, and we will try very hard to get back to you in a timely manner, but feel free to check in.

We frequently present concerts at various locations around Santa Cruz, with a dual focus on excellent work that is rarely presented, and on projects under development by local and touring artists associated with Indexical (or who could potentially be associated with Indexical).

We welcome proposals from artists who are interested in performing on our series, and outside curators who are interested in producing a show with Indexical’s support. We are especially interested in presentations with local organizations who reach a different community of artists and audiences than ourselves.

Please send proposals for concerts to Andrew C. Smith.

We would love to hear from curators, musicologists, art historians, artists, programmers, designers, architects, and sorcerers who want to present their work in a semi-formal setting. We hope that this series of talks is a place for the discussion of work as it is under development.

Please send proposals for researcher and artist talks to David Kant.

We do not take submissions for finished releases and publications, but instead seek to allow these projects to grow organically from the opportunities described above. If you are interested in recording or publication, please get in touch with both David and Andrew to discuss the best route for us to begin working together.

We are interested in events that do not fall into any of the above categories, and encourage submissions, ideas, proposals, and conjectures that might have a home on our series. Please get in touch with David and Andrew if you’ve read this far. (firstname@indexical.org)