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.
Electroacoustic composition & improvisation: rearranged house music; radio feedback interference; live laptop performance; visceral percussion-guitar improvisation.
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, “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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Note: Due to program changes, a number of the pieces have been postponed. Sarah Belle Reid’s Spectral/Impulse will be performed, alongside Pauline Oliveros’s Sound Piece and Yoko Ono’s Tape Piece II. The program will be completed with works by John Cage awnd Ctrl-Z members Ryan Page and Nick Wang.
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.
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.
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.
“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.