Past Events

Gleb Kanasevich + Daniel Meyer + Michelle Lou

Friday, February 14, 2020 at 8pm at Radius Gallery

Indexical presents a triple bill of electroacoustic performances at Radius Gallery featuring modular analog synths and sampling, bass clarinet and feedback, and a wall of noise from a 10-stringed acoustic guitar. Featuring electronic musician Michelle Lou (Santa Cruz), clarinetist Gleb Kanasevich (NYC), and guitarist Daniel Meyer (LA).

John Krausbauer & Kaori Suzuki + The Swinging Chandeliers + Henry Birdsey

Friday, February 21, 2020 at 8pm at Radius Gallery

Indexical presents ecstatic improvisation and high-volume microtonal drones by the duo of John Krausbauer & Kaori Suzuki (Oakland) on violins, voices, bells, and strobe lights; tape loops and hypnotic live-drawing by The Swinging Chandeliers (LA) Joseph Hammer of the Los Angeles Free Music Society with artist/hypnotist Sayo Mitsuishi; and microtonal lap steel guitar by Henry Birdsey (Vermont) of drone duo Tongue Depressor. Expect a night of trance-inducing sounds from a variety of strings instruments and electronics.

Ashley Bellouin & Ben Bracken + Daniel Allas

Friday, February 28, 2020 at 8pm at Radius Gallery

Ashley Bellouin & Ben Bracken (Petaluma) make music with both traditional and handmade instruments that exploit the natural overtones and sympathetic vibrations generated by highly redundant tuning systems. Daniel Allas (LA) performs new solo electronic music about the physicality of sound. (Note: Due to a visa issue, Hung Tzu-Ni will no longer perform in the U.S.)

Ghost Ensemble: Arctic Air

Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 8pm at Wind River

Ghost Ensemble is dedicated to new musical perspectives that explore the act of listening. The ensemble’s music creates sonic spaces that shift our attention, perception, or experience of time. Ghost Ensemble: Arctic Air presents Pauline Oliveros’s whisper-soft large-ensemble work Arctic Air alongside Wilfrido Terrazas’s Ifigenia en, Ben Richter’s Wind People, the West Coast premiere of James Ilgenfritz’s Apophenia V: Outmoded Large Crumbling Oval Lime-Green Midwestern Plastic-Frame Reading Glasses, and the world premiere of a new work by Marguerite Brown.

Online: Michelle Lou + Casey Anderson + Alexander Dupuis

Saturday, April 4, 2020 from 4pm to 7pm at Twitch

This is the first run of a series of live-stream concerts! We’re featuring three fabulous sets by a few Indexical regulars piping in from their homes: Michelle Lou (San Diego/Santa Cruz), Casey Anderson (Los Angeles), and Alexander Dupuis (Providence). Tune in, make an account, and join the conversation in the chat between sets as we build out our virtual resort and spa and talk to the artists about their work.

CANCELLED / POSTPONED: Nadah El Shazly + Aurora Beam

Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at 8pm at Felton Music Hall

Note: This show is cancelled / postponed due to health concerns around the coronavirus COVID-19, and the tour complications of Nadah El Shazly and her band from Egypt. Please stay tuned for updates on rescheduling her tour for later in 2020.

Livestream: Happy Valley Band + Erin Demastes + Repairer of Reputations

Saturday, April 18, 2020 from 4pm to 7pm at Twitch

Indexical hosts another live-stream, with the Happy Valley Band, Erin Demastes, and Repairer of Reputations. Tune in and hang out in the chat! Visit twitch.tv/anindexofmusic (https://twitch.tv/anindexofmusic) and hit “Follow” to be notified when we go live.

Livestream: Tamara Duplantis + Amirtha Kidambi

Saturday, April 25, 2020 from 4pm to 7pm at Twitch

Tune in to Indexical’s Twitch stream this Saturday to catch live performances and interviews with Amirtha Kidambi (http://www.amirthakidambi.com/) and Tamara Duplantis (https://tambalaya.itch.io/).

Livestream: Nezuzot (Gabriel Saloman & Mustafa Walker) + Dolphin Midwives + Crystal Quartez

Saturday, May 2, 2020 from 4pm to 7pm at Twitch

Tune in to Indexical’s Twitch stream to catch live performances by Nezuzot (Gabriel Saloman & Mustafa Walker), Dolphin Midwives, and Crystal Quartez.

Livestream: Clay Chaplin + Asha Tamirisa + Deso Duo

Saturday, May 9, 2020 from 4pm to 7pm at Twitch

Tune in to Indexical’s livestream for a live electronics performance by Clay Chaplin with sounds submitted right here by you, the listener (https://claychaplin.com/indexical/)! Deso Duo will perform work for two players and one vibraphone by Kevin Good and Sarah Hennies, and Asha Tamirisa will perform a live electronics and laptop set.

POSTPONED: Moor Mother + Las Sucias

Friday, May 15, 2020 at 7pm at Kuumbwa Jazz

Note: This event is postponed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Please stay tuned for information about future dates.

Livestream: Object Collection + Ma'ayan Tsadka & Dani Williamson + Kirschner Computing

Saturday, May 16, 2020 at 5pm at Twitch

Tune in to Indexical’s Twitch stream to catch live performances by Object Collection, Ma'ayan Tsadka & Dani Williamson, and Kirschner Computing.

Livestream: Stephanie Cheng Smith + Liam Mooney + Sarah Hennies’s “Everything Else”

Saturday, July 11, 2020 at 5pm at Twitch

Solo performances by composer-performer-instrument builders Stephanie Cheng Smith and Liam Mooney, followed by an ensemble performance of Sarah Hennies’s “Everything Else,” featuring the composer and friends.

Micaela Tobin (WHITE BOY SCREAM) + Anna Luisa Petrisko + Interview w/ Joshua Minsoo Kim

Saturday, September 12, 2020 at 6pm at Twitch

Micaela Tobin (WHITE BOY SCREAM) combines experimental voice and contemporary opera into a compelling live set. On her latest release, “BAKUNAWA,” she dissects her voice through the use of electronics as a means of exploring identity and ancestral trauma. “BAKUNAWA” is an homage to the pre-colonial mythology of her motherland, the Philippines. Part sonic ritual, part diasporic storytelling.

Zachary James Watkins + Sally Decker + RAGE THORMBONES

Saturday, September 26, 2020 at 6pm at Twitch

Oakland-based composer-musicians Zachary James Watkins and Sally Decker work with feedback and no-input circuits to create sounds that are alternately piercing and weighty. These two fixtures of the San Francisco Bay Area scene will collaborate in various combinations with the relentlessly experimental duo RAGE THORMBONES (Weston Olencki & Matt Barbier), throughout the course of the evening.

Asha Tamirisa + Delicate Sen + Anna Friz

Saturday, October 10, 2020 at 6pm at Twitch

Asha Tamirisa’s long-form improvised performances incorporate various combinations of digital, analog, and tactile media—such as analog synthesizers, sounding objects, moving image, and generative text—and often seek to use the site of the performance as part of the instrumentation. Most recently, historical allegories, memories, and archival materials have been finding their way into her sensorial multimedia performances.

Carmina Escobar: The Light That Heals

Saturday, October 24, 2020 at 8pm at Twitch

A woman sitting in the middle of a room filters through her body the sounds of a past communal experience in Santa Cruz. The sound triggers the intensity of a light emerging from the body of the performer, inundating the room and the senses. In this moment in time, dislocated by isolation, and at a time of painful virtuality, The Light That Heals seeks to soothe and affect the audience’s perception using the poetic sonic action of memory and the possibilities of its transfiguration to envision possible futures.

Moor Mother + Rasheedah Phillips: Black Quantum Futurism

Friday, November 13, 2020 from 4pm to 6pm at Twitch

Moor Mother – a Philadelphia artist praised as part of “a new generation of visionary black storytellers” (The New York Times) – premieres a new video as part of Indexical’s continued online programming. Weaving through haunting slave narratives as dystopian allegory, negro spirituals, and Black ritual, Moor Mother’s work points to a liberated future through Black Quantum Futurism, a project in partnership with author Rasheedah Phillips. Through a time of ecological and social disaster, she says, “I’m not saying, this is the end, we’re all doomed,” but rather that “I believe there is another way. So it’s about trying to get the audience to understand another way of digesting the truth.”