Past Events

JACK Quartet & Lightbulb Ensemble

Friday, January 13, 2017 at 8pm at Peace United Church of Christ

New music champions JACK Quartet collaborate with the Santa Cruz/Oakland-based Lightbulb Ensemble (LBE) in a concert of new works for string quartet and contemporary American gamelan.


Saturday, January 21, 2017 at 8pm at Radius Gallery

Ear-splitting trombone duo RAGE THORMBONES (/artists/rage-thormbones) (Weston Olencki (/artists/weston-olencki) & Matt Barbier (/artists/matt-barbier)) shreds WORLDEATER (/pieces/worldeater) by Timothy McCormack (/artists/timothy-mccormack), and collaborates with Zachary James Watkins (/artists/zachary-james-watkins) on a new piece.

Ma'ayan Tsadka + Laura Steenberge / KCM Walker

Sunday, January 29, 2017 at 8pm at Radius Gallery

Ma'ayan Tsadka performs her Museum of Extinct Sounds and Imaginary Water Creatures, a trip through underwater amplification and cryptozoology. Laura Steenberge and KCM Walker perform a new collaborative work.

CANCELLED: Tashi Dorji + Giacomo Fiore

Friday, February 17, 2017 at 8pm at Radius Gallery

Sorry to say that this event has been cancelled. We will let you know when we are able to reschedule!

…of being numerous

Friday, February 24, 2017 at 7pm at Radius Gallery

Antoine Beuger’s introspective composition potentially involving quiet sustained sounds, stones, dry leaves, and perhaps humming, with guest composer-performer Jack Callahan.

die Reihe + Jon Myers & Madalyn Merkey + DunkelPek

Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 8pm at Radius Gallery

Electroacoustic composition & improvisation: rearranged house music; radio feedback interference; live laptop performance; visceral percussion-guitar improvisation.

Anne La Berge: Utter + Pablo Rubio-Vargas & Mélodie Around the World: Bassonancia

Friday, March 10, 2017 at 8pm at Radius Gallery

Amsterdam-based flutist and electronic musician Anne La Berge performs Utter, based on the linguistic complexities of mother-child communication. BASSONANCIA explores the resonance of the bassoon with digital sound and vacuums.

Mivos Quartet

Sunday, April 16, 2017 at 8pm at Resource Center for Nonviolence

Mivos Quartet, “one of America’s most daring and ferocious new-music ensembles,” have performed everywhere from museums to metal clubs. They will play acoustic and electro-acoustic compositions by artists from across the United States, Denmark, and Iran.


Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 8pm at lille æske

Bass2Bass is an electric bass duo comprised of SoCal bassist/composers Scott Worthington and Michelle Lou. Seeing a dearth in new music written for the instrument, the duo decided to form in 2016 and commission new pieces that feature the expressive range of the electric bass in contemporary music. Our inaugural west coast tour presents three new works by composer/performers Sabrina Schroeder, Weston Olencki and Scott Worthington.

Happy Valley Band & WOBBLY

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 8pm at Center for New Music

Indexical presents the latest iteration of pop music’s post-human future: machine deconstructions of the Great American Songbook and a battery of machine listening mobile devices.

Happy Valley Band + Carolyn Chen’s Signs of Struggle (Experimental Music Yearbook)

Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 8pm at Human Resources

The Experimental Music Yearbook’s 2016 issue is celebrated with a performance of Carolyn Chen’s Signs of Struggle as well as a special Los Angeles appearance by David Kant’s Happy Valley Band.

Roarke Menzies + Samson Stilwell + Ashley Bellouin & Ben Bracken

Saturday, June 3, 2017 at 8pm at Radius Gallery

Assembling materials from everyday objects, recorded sounds of machinery, and the resonances of their own bodies, Indexical presents four artists in a special event at Radius Gallery. Samson Stilwell, a Santa Cruz native living in Portland, creates works that often live within the borders, or between spaces, of language and sound, music and noise, thought space and meat space. The electro-acoustic music of Roarke Menzies, NYC-based composer and sound artist, has been described by The New Yorker as “a layered electronic throb, coming and going, always enhancing but never overpowering.” Finally, Oakland-based Ashley Bellouin and Ben Bracken use minimal structures and simple harmonic relationships to create meditative washes of sound; Bellouin’s work has been called “a wide ocean of calm and tension” by Marc Masters of The Out Door.


Saturday, August 12, 2017 at 4pm at Museum of Art and History

Everything Else is a day-long event of music by artists working at the fringes of established scenes and venues. Gathering in DIY spaces, house concerts, art galleries, and (yes) even the university, these artists build communities through sharing their work with one another in intimate settings. Indexical looks to bring these groups together to further enhance the connections that can be made among artists and their surrounding communities.

Chris Duncan + Sahba Sizdahkhani

Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 8pm at Radius Gallery

In the midst of an ongoing art installation at Radius Gallery by artist Ali True, Chris Duncan (OFFING) and Sahba Sizdahkhani will bring their electronic and improvised music to Radius Gallery.

Portato Portato

Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 7pm at Wind River

Portato Portato (Jacob Lane, keyboard instruments, Michelle Lee, flutes, and Jon Myers, percussion) is an Oakland / Santa Cruz based performance trio, playing original works and select compositions from the 20th and 21st centuries. They are committed to presenting experimental, boundary-expanding, and otherwise unheard music. This performance at Wind River is part of their first series of programs, encompassing work by the ensemble members as well as repertoire from the middle of the 20th century by Morton Feldman and Louis Andriessen. Selections explore perceptions of timbral and temporal spaciousness, permutation and pattern, and the long-form.

Chamber Music: “For Sol LeWitt”

Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 8pm at Radius Gallery

Ali True’s installation The Song In Us fills Radius Gallery, and Indexical responds by bringing Michael Winter’s piece For Sol LeWitt into the space. Four performers sustain tones, one performer punctuates entrances and exits with percussion, and a sixth creates a long, almost imperceptible glissando. Join us for this free concert and meditation at Radius Gallery. (#more)

Paul Metzger + John Saint Pelvyn + Maidens of Delos

Sunday, October 15, 2017 at 7pm at Wind River

Paul Metzger & John Saint Pelvyn encompass a range of styles, drawing on Americana, Hindustani, and experimental musics to breathe new life into their work with the guitar and banjo. Both work with long-form, multi-part improvisations that unwind into complex forms punctuated by ecstatic moments. Opening the concert, Maidens of Delos (Santa Cruz / Los Angeles) bring together the sounds of mythology, lamentation, improvisation and medieval dance music. (#more)

Ctrl-Z: Electronic Music for Modular Instruments

Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 8pm at Radius Gallery

Ctrl-Z is a live electronics trio dedicated to the performance of composed music for live electronics. The program will showcase hugely important yet often overlooked contributions to the history of electronic music by women alongside new pieces written by non-cis-male composers working on the cutting edge of experimental electronic and electroacoustic music.

Splinter Reeds

Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 7pm at Wind River

Splinter Reeds is the Bay Area’s first reed quintet comprising five virtuosic musicians with a shared passion for new music. The ensemble is committed to presenting top tier performances of today’s best contemporary composition, showcasing the vast possibilities of the reed quintet, and commissioning new works through collaboration with fellow musicians and artists. Splinter Reeds performs works by Cara Haxo, Matthew Shlomowitz, Theresa Wong, Jannik Giger, Sky Macklay, and Eric Wubbels.


Friday, November 10, 2017 at 8pm at lille æske

andPlay is committed to expanding the existing violin/viola duo repertoire through performing rarely heard works and commissioning emerging composers. This New York City-based duo of Maya Bennardo, violin, and Hannah Levinson, viola, first played to an eager crowd on Fire Island in the summer of 2012, and has since commissioned and premiered over 20 new works. andPlay performs works from their repertoire by Ravi Kittappa, David Bird, Robert Honstein, Christopher Goddard, and Kristofer Svensson.

TALK: Ma'ayan Tsadka, “Means of Natural Amplification”

Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 8pm at (secret location)

Ma’ayan Tsadka is a musician, composer, and sound-explorer, who will discuss her recent works “Means of Natural Amplification,” for tuning forks and resonant objects.

TALK: Erik DeLuca, “History Misinterpreted Into Stone”

Thursday, November 30, 2017 at 8pm at (secret location)

“History Misinterpreted Into Stone: (Un)Doing Eco-art Monuments in Iceland)” is a project where I analyze three popular ecotourism destinations in Iceland produced by non-Icelandic artists (Kühn’s Tvísöngur, Serra’s Áfangar and Horn’s Library of Water). Using the tools of sound art, I warp these environmental artworks into sites of critique. I ask key questions about colonialism, environmental ethics, conservation, and the long-standing issue of non-Icelandic artists who romanticize nature vis-à-vis Iceland’s landscape. For my Indexical artist talk, I will introduce this project. In addition, I will share clips from a video essay about the relationship between West Texas, Iceland, Donald Judd, Alvin Lucier, Pauline Oliveros, Eileen Myles, latency, radio, science-fiction, and more generally, the work-in-progress.