Sarah Hennies’ “Contralto” is a one-hour work for video, strings, and percussion that exists in between the spaces of experimental music and documentary. The piece features a cast of transgender women speaking, singing, and performing vocal exercises accompanied by a dense and varied musical score that includes a variety of conventional and “non-musical” approaches to sound-making.
Carolyn Chen (/artists/carolyn-chen)‘s This is a Scream takes the rawest of emotions and transforms it into a constructed performance in a way that highlights its own artificiality. Pauline Gloss (/artists/pauline-gloss)’s You Are a Speaker is a participatory language-sound game for 8 or more individuals. (Note: This program has changed slightly, and unfortunately Pauline Gloss will not be able to attend. Indexical staff & curators will lead her language-sound game You Are a Speaker in her absence.)
this title refers to a counterproductive piece of private property is an evening-length participatory scored event for a small group of human bodies. In the event I aim to take emergent, real time embodied sensation as a point of departure, inflecting this in a variety of ways through guided sensation, breathing, discussion, and sound-making with breath and voice. The event constitutes one small part of a longer-term, larger-scale research project on relationships between music, somatic practice, and social justice. ( – Colin Tucker, more below)
Natacha Diels, Sam Scranton, & Zach Moore’s Please Don’t Go invites the visitor to appreciate drudgeries. Through intervention in life’s most boring obstacles, the installation provides potential for flourescence and vibrancy in the monochrome. Life can be a generic dance. What if it didn’t have to be? Pop music, muzak, and a drop ceiling transform purgatory’s waiting room into an okay place.
Swiss composer Manfred Werder, with musicians Mustafa Walker and Andrew C. Smith, will engage in performances of his ongoing works 20160 and 20170. Werder’s project gathers language in the form of quotations, found nouns, and other elements, as he transcribes fragments onto a 10cm by 22m scroll with a pocket typewriter. Werder’s work is an extraction of language from its environment, and a practice of wandering through this language as he realizes it in performance.
Concentric Rings in Magnetic Levitation is an hour-long composition by Michael Pisaro, written for three musicians playing live and pre-recorded piano, percussion, sine waves, tape machines, various objects and found sounds, and comprised of fourteen interdependently moving layers of musical material. This multifaceted work creates a world within a world, a semblance of a naturally occurring environment within a performance space, in which both aesthetic and emotive sound qualities are elegantly balanced, glacially moving through time.
Portato Portato’s 2018-19 program explores the expansion of granular experiential impressions and phenomena through texture and orchestration. Working with local and active composers drawing inspiration from the natural world, ceremony, and algorithm, the ensemble presents premieres of new works featuring delicate and playful performative media. Special guest: Stephanie Neumann, conductor
Composer/bassist James Ilgenfritz (NYC) leads an evening of solo and duo works, with a program stradding the worlds of composition and free improvisation, including an improvising duo with Bay Area oboist Kyle Bruckmann. His program includes his own work, fellow New Yorkers Lucie Vitkova and Miya Masaoka, Anthony Donofrio, and Watsonville-based composer Jeffrey Treviño.
Tongue Depressor (New Haven, CT) is the duo of Henry Birdsey (fiddle, lap steel) and Zach Rowden (fiddle, upright bass). They write, improvise, and perform music that draws from the fields of drone, harsh noise, and church music, often using microtonal tunings. Caspar Sonnet (lap-steel dobro) Kozue Matsumoto (koto) is an acoustic experimental, improvisational duo based in Los Angeles, California.
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Kunal Gupta speaks about Withfriends, a membership tool to preserve a city’s cultural spaces by helping art galleries, barbershops, bars, music venues, and event organizers run membership programs that are simple and effective. Withfriends is a Y Combinator-funded startup that has generated over $400k+ in membership revenue for 80 organizers in the past year. Gupta will discuss Withfriends, and talk about how it grew out of the circumstances that DIY and community spaces are facing across the country.
Kate Compton and Ted Gordon give talks and present an installation about the intersection of human creativity and computation. Kate Compton has a PhD in developing artificial intelligence to augment human creativity at UC Santa Cruz. Ted Gordon is a musicologist and musician whose work lies at the nexus of experimental music studies, critical organology, and science & technology studies.
Check out Curator Madison Heying’s recap of the event! (https://www.indexical.org/posts/finding-your-voice-among-the-redwoods)
Indexical presents Elder Ones, a quartet led by vocalist, harmonium and synthesizer player, and composer Amirtha Kidambi. Kidambi fuses the ecstatic and revolutionary free jazz spirituality of John and Alice Coltrane’s later work with her own background in Carnatic and Western classical vocal techniques. Her quartet includes Max Jaffe on drums and his custom Sensory Percussion electronics, Matt Nelson on soprano sax, and Nick Dunston on bass, and is anchored in free jazz even as it pushes into new futurist realms.