Past Events

Sarah Hennies: Contralto

Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 8pm at Radius Gallery

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 & Pauline Gloss’s “You Are a Speaker”

Saturday, January 19, 2019 at 8pm at Radius Gallery

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’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.)

Colin Tucker: this title refers to a counterproductive piece of private property

Saturday, January 26, 2019 at 5pm at Radius Gallery

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)

Note: Event times are 5pm and 7:30pm, and limited to 15 participants for each showing.

Natacha Diels, Sam Scranton, and Zach Moore: Please Don’t Go

Friday, February 1, 2019 at 5pm at Radius Gallery

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.

Join us for the opening at the listed time (Feb. 1, live 6-8pm with a reception at 8pm) and for an artist talk on Feb. 2 at 2pm. The installation will be open Wednesday through Sunday, 12pm - 5pm, through Sunday, Feb. 17.

Manfred Werder: 20160 and 20170

Friday, February 8, 2019 at 8pm at Radius Gallery

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.

Teodora Stepančić & Assaf Gidron: Concentric Rings in Magnetic Levitation by Michael Pisaro

Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 8pm at Wind River

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: Rites + Rituals, Chaos + Nature

Friday, March 1, 2019 at 8pm at Wind River

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

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James Ilgenfritz

Sunday, March 10, 2019 at 8pm at Wind River

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.

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Tongue Depressor + Sonnet / Matsumoto + Fluke Mogul / Weeks

Friday, May 3, 2019 at 8pm at Wind River

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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SOLD OUT! Meg Baird & Mary Lattimore + Gabriel Saloman & Mustafa Walker

Friday, May 17, 2019 at 8pm at Wind River

SOLD OUT! Tickets will not be available at the door.

Indexical presents a night of psych-folk and improvised drone at Wind River. Meg Baird & Mary Lattimore combine guitar, harp, and an array of electronics for a sound that crosses the line between folk and electronic experimentation. Gabriel Saloman, a Santa Cruz-based musician widely known for his work in seminal noise band Yellow Swans, collaborates for the first time with hurdy-gurdy player and composer Mustafa Walker in a set with bowed electric guitar and electronics.

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Kunal Gupta: Withfriends

Thursday, May 30, 2019 at 6pm at NextSpace by Pacific Workplaces

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 + Ted Gordon + Repairer of Reputations

Friday, June 7, 2019 at 6pm at Cruzio Internet

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.

Carmina Escobar: The Voices from Within into the World

Saturday, June 29, 2019 from 11am to 7pm at Henry Cowell State Park

Check out Curator Madison Heying’s recap of the event!

Escobar’s residency begins with an all-day creative vocal workshop. Tickets are now available! Please purchase “Workshop Participant” tickets through this site, for $15 or $7.50 for members (contact andrew@indexical.org for your membership discount on this event).

Note that the event is all-day, outdoors, and includes a strenuous hike through the forest. Participants are asked to bring their own lunch and water, and we will provide snacks throughout the day.

The Voices from Within into the World is a creative vocal workshop to explore the voice in its manifolds of sonic expressions and its relation to space and to each other. Through games, vocal and body exercises, improvisation structures, sonic meditations, and conducting arrangements we’ll explore the capabilities of our voices conceptually and experimentally, the acoustic relations to space, and how the voice connects us to space and to each other. This workshop runs from 11am until 7pm, closing with an informal performance at 6:30pm. Registration will be available soon, and will be announced through our email list at indexical.org.

Amirtha Kidambi Elder Ones: From Untruth + Keshav Batish

Saturday, July 27, 2019 at 8pm at Kuumbwa Jazz

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.

Doors at 7pm; Q&A with scholar Eric Porter and Amirtha Kidambi at 7:15pm.