About Indexical

Indexical is a nonprofit organization based in Santa Cruz, California.

Our Mission

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.

What we Do

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.

We have presented concerts and performances since 2011, beginning at Willow Place Auditorium in Brooklyn, and now in various locations in Santa Cruz. These performances often become large-scale studio projects, released on our in-house record label. 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.

Who We Are

Organizing Staff

Andrew C. Smith, Executive Director
David Kant, Operations & Technical Director
Madison Heying, Education & Community Engagement Director
Mustafa Walker, Design & Marketing Director

Board of Directors

Laura Steenberge, President
Trevor Coates, Vice-President
David Dunn, Secretary-Treasurer
Jeff Galipeaux
Ann Hazels
Robert Strizich

Concerts & Performances

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.

Artist & Researcher Talks

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.

Recordings & Publications & cetera

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.


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, 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.

Indexical is a fiscally sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the purposes of Indexical must be made payable to Fractured Atlas and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. For more information, visit indexical.org or email andrew@indexical.org.

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