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TAK Ensemble: Work by Michelle Lou and Eric Wubbels

Sat., Oct. 21, 2023 PDT | Wind River
New York-based quintet TAK Ensemble performs Michelle Lou’s In a forest, surrounding the audience with immersive 8-channel sound, alongside Eric Wubbels’s INTERBEING, a slow-moving, ritualized progression through a series of “formations” which visually, acoustically, and theatrically manifest concrete images of connectedness and mutual interdependence.

Ghost Ensemble + Laura Cetilia at Wind River

Sat., May. 20, 2023 PDT | Wind River
Ghost Ensemble joins us in Santa Cruz for a two-night residency of new work, with opening performances by their close friends, colleagues, and ensemble members. On the two-night culmination of their West Coast tour, the ensemble performs new work by Catherine Lamb, Ben Richter, and Sky Macklay.

Ghost Ensemble + Tasting Menu at Wind River

Fri., May. 19, 2023 PDT | Wind River
Ghost Ensemble joins us in Santa Cruz for a two-night residency of new work, with opening performances by their close friends, colleagues, and ensemble members. On the two-night culmination of their West Coast tour, the ensemble performs new work by Catherine Lamb, Ben Richter, and Sky Macklay.

Beyond the Grave: Writing Ghosts

Fri., May. 12, 2023 PDT | Evergreen Cemetery
Join us for Beyond the Grave, a series of site-specific performances at the historic Evergreen Cemetery, featuring Ghost Ensemble, LuLing Osofsky, Tasting Menu, and Isola Tong.

Nicholas Deyoe: R/S + Joshuah Maya Garcia: Derealization: Love, & Jealousy

Sat., May. 6, 2023 PDT | Indexical
R/S is a longform ambient guitar solo written for a custom-built double neck guitar. The instrument combines the properties of an electric guitar and a cello, opening windows for droning dark and resonant bowed fretless textures coexisting with guitar harmonics and melodies all transformed through an array of effect pedals. This piece is a series of constellations developing at different paces and interacting in new ways as they evolve.

Anthony R. Green: Zoom In with Samantha Bounkeua + Bill Solomon

Sat., Apr. 22, 2023 PDT | Indexical
The Zoom In performance project is first and foremost about the Black experience in the United States in all of its various iterations. It developed organically through performances of original works, works by other composers, improvisation, and finding the commonality between the art created from these approaches. Additionally, it is a project that is constantly changing as the Black experience in the US also changes not only because of the passing of contemporary time but also because of the information from the past that is constantly being unearthed and revisited, thus creating a stronger context of past Blackness in dialogue with the present. Local violinist Samantha Bounkeua joins for a performance of Rest in Pow’r (Survival Song).

Hinge: Clockworks

Fri., Mar. 24, 2023 PDT | Indexical
Hinge presents a program blurring the lines between contemporary classical and avant-garde rock. This concert features pieces ranging from the lush harmonies and quirky rhythms of Dan VanHassel’s Sea Change, to the noisy electronic soundscape of Katherine Young’s Camilles, to Hinge’s reimagining of a song by extreme metal band Meshuggah. The program closes with Hinge’s interpretation of Julius Eastman’s epic and monumental minimalist work Gay Guerrilla.

Ryan Nestor + Concert Talk with Charissa Noble

Sat., Feb. 25, 2023 PST | Indexical
Exploring sonic signifiers of wartime and violence, percussionist Ryan Nestor performs multimedia works linking sound, imagery, and historical context. UCSC Musicology alum and Director of San Diego New Music Charissa Noble leads the audience in a post-concert discussion. 

Rodrigo Barriga Ensemble + Myles Morgan

Sat., Jan. 28, 2023 PST | Indexical
Rodrigo Barriga is a Mexican composer and performer. His work explores ensemble interaction and communication through the use of openness and structured improvisation. Myles Morgan opens with a new set for synthesizers and samplers.

Mivos Quartet

Sat., Oct. 8, 2022 PDT | Wind River
The Mivos Quartet, “one of America’s most daring and ferocious new-music ensembles” (The Chicago Reader), is devoted to performing works of contemporary composers and presenting diverse new music to international audiences. Since the quartet's beginning in 2008 they have performed and closely collaborated with an ever-expanding group of international composers representing a wide aesthetic range of contemporary composition. 

Melissa Achten: Ritual Schizophonia

Fri., Sep. 30, 2022 PDT | Indexical
Schizophonia, from the Greek; schizo- to split / phonia- sound | the splitting of sound from its original source | 

RAGE Thormbones

Fri., May. 6, 2022 PDT | Indexical

RAGE Thormbones is a low-frequency duo whose work exists at the intersections of “fuck around” and “find out”. Both members, Weston from Vermont and Mattie from Los Angeles, are classically trained trombonists but jumped that ship awhile ago and thankfully found each other in 2014.

Departure Duo

Sun., Apr. 24, 2022 PDT | Indexical

Two clever, judgmental narrators. A landscape of shifting, sliding tones and sounds. The hidden language of emojis. Departure Duo is excited to perform a program of recent commissions showcasing the wide range of sonic possibilities for soprano and double bass.

Adrianne Munden-Dixon & Carrie Frey

Sat., Apr. 2, 2022 PDT | Indexical

Adrianne Munden-Dixon, violin, and Carrie Frey, viola, team up for a double-solo tour. Frequent collaborators in era-spanning quartet Desdemona and in the New York experimental scene, the two will premiere new pieces for solo violin and solo viola by a pool of close collaborators from around the US., as well as sister works written by each of the performers for each other.

andPlay: “Translucent Harmonies,” works by Catherine Lamb & Kristofer Svensson

Sat., Feb. 5, 2022 PST | Wind River

andPlay’s “Translucent Harmonies” allows listeners to deeply immerse themselves in sound, silence, and resonance. This hour-long program includes Prisma Interius VIII by Catherine Lamb (USA) and Vid stenmuren blir tanken blomma by Kristofer Svensson (Sweden), both composed in just intonation. The rare experience to hear a full program in just intonation invites one to listen in a very detailed way to the “sensation of tone.” This shifts the concept of intonation, which is often unnoticed by the listener, to the foreground, where it becomes a focal point to explore the most simple, yet nuanced, relationships in sound.

Amadeus Julian Regucera & Splinter Reeds: Absence in relief (audio and visual studies in intimacy)

Fri., Apr. 9, 2021 PDT | Radius Gallery

Amadeus Julian Regucera and Splinter Reeds bring to you a new piece, commissioned by the ensemble prior to COVID-19, and reimagined as an audio-visual installation for Radius Gallery and Indexical in Santa Cruz. The work – Absence in relief (audio and visual studies in intimacy) – is part of a series developed in close collaboration with performers, engendering conversations about consent and trust, complicity and gaze, and power and dynamics in performance.

Ghost Ensemble: Arctic Air

Sat., Mar. 7, 2020 PST | 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.

James Ilgenfritz

Sun., Mar. 10, 2019 PDT | 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.

Portato Portato: Rites + Rituals, Chaos + Nature

Fri., Mar. 1, 2019 PST | 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

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

Sat., Feb. 9, 2019 PST | 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.

Sarah Hennies: Contralto

Sat., Jan. 12, 2019 PST | 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.

Reidemeister Move

Sat., Oct. 6, 2018 PDT | Veterans Memorial Building

Microtonal tuba and bass duo Reidemeister Move perform a program of long tones in natural harmonies for low instruments, including Arcanum 17 by Christopher Williams & Charlie Morrow and Borromean Rings by Robin Hayward.