Improvisation

Upcoming Events

Meerenai Shim leads a group in a Feldenkrais awareness through movement class. Participants are asked to bring a yoga or exercise mats, as well as an instrument of their choosing (if desired). Shim leads participants through sound exploration using Feldenkrais principles of curiosity, exploration, and observation without evaluation.  If you're not familiar with the Feldenkrais Method, it's a form of somatic education/bodywork. You can read more about it here

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Feldenkrais Somatic Bodywork Workshop for Improvisers with Meerenai Shim

movement workshop for musicians

Thu., Feb. 16, 2023
Doors at 2:30pm | Show at 3pm
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Meerenai Shim leads a group in a Feldenkrais awareness through movement class. Participants are asked to bring a yoga or exercise mats, as well as an instrument of their choosing (if desired). Shim leads participants through sound exploration using Feldenkrais principles of curiosity, exploration, and observation without evaluation.  If you're not familiar with the Feldenkrais Method, it's a form of somatic education/bodywork. You can read more about it here

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Come create electronic music of the moment with local musicians Michael Logue and David Tristram in this collaborative event. Bring your acoustic or electronic instrument and plug in for shared sync, signal processing, and gorgeous playback on the superb Indexical sound system.  

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Improv Synth Jam

Bring your acoustic or electronic instrument and plug in for shared sync, signal processing

Thu., Feb. 23, 2023
Doors at 8pm | Show at 8:30pm
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Come create electronic music of the moment with local musicians Michael Logue and David Tristram in this collaborative event. Bring your acoustic or electronic instrument and plug in for shared sync, signal processing, and gorgeous playback on the superb Indexical sound system.  

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Multimedia works by percussionist Ryan Nestor with solo contrabass improvisation set from Meerenai Shim, plus post-concert conversation with Charissa Noble.

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Ryan Nestor + Meerenai Shim

multimedia & improvisatory works for contrabass flute and percussion

Sat., Feb. 25, 2023
Doors at 8pm | Show at 8:30pm
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$18 General / $14 Members
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Multimedia works by percussionist Ryan Nestor with solo contrabass improvisation set from Meerenai Shim, plus post-concert conversation with Charissa Noble.

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Faults is the improvising trio of Jorge Bachmann, Kevin Corcoran and Jaroba, joined for this performance by Gabby Wen, an Oakland-based musician working with electronics, field recordings, and guqin, with live visuals by Andrej Hronco. Faults works with electronics, percussion and bass clarinet sometimes including the use of field recordings and graphic or text scores to guide their live performances. 

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Faults with Gabby Wen & Andrej Hronco + mb

improvising trio of Jorge Bachmann, Kevin Corcoran and Jaroba, joined for this performance by Gabby Wen & Andrej Hronco

Sat., Apr. 1, 2023
Doors at 8pm | Show at 8:30pm
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$16 General / $12 Members
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Faults is the improvising trio of Jorge Bachmann, Kevin Corcoran and Jaroba, joined for this performance by Gabby Wen, an Oakland-based musician working with electronics, field recordings, and guqin, with live visuals by Andrej Hronco. Faults works with electronics, percussion and bass clarinet sometimes including the use of field recordings and graphic or text scores to guide their live performances. 

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Kumi Maxson is facilitating weekly collective improvisation workshop sessions over the course of three months. Beginning March 20, Maxson will organize weekly drop-in improvisation workshops every Monday from 6–8pm. A final evening of long-form improvisations will be held on June 2 and 3, open to audience viewing and performance from any past workshop participants. These workshops will be complemented by selected readings and discussions of the liberatory political implications of improvisation. Certain weeks will also be held exclusively for POC/QTPOC. The workshops will cater to all levels of improvisational and musical experience, striving to create an accessible space for non-hierarchical participation and experimentation. From May 22 to June 1, Indexical’s space will be transformed into a site for ongoing collective music-making, community, and creativity. 

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Kumi Maxson: Exploring the Liberatory Potential of Community through Collective Improvisation - Day 1

Indexical Micro-Residency Awardee facilitates two evenings of long-form improvisations

Fri., Jun. 2, 2023
Doors at 8pm | Show at 8:30pm
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$18 General / $14 Members
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Kumi Maxson is facilitating weekly collective improvisation workshop sessions over the course of three months. Beginning March 20, Maxson will organize weekly drop-in improvisation workshops every Monday from 6–8pm. A final evening of long-form improvisations will be held on June 2 and 3, open to audience viewing and performance from any past workshop participants. These workshops will be complemented by selected readings and discussions of the liberatory political implications of improvisation. Certain weeks will also be held exclusively for POC/QTPOC. The workshops will cater to all levels of improvisational and musical experience, striving to create an accessible space for non-hierarchical participation and experimentation. From May 22 to June 1, Indexical’s space will be transformed into a site for ongoing collective music-making, community, and creativity. 

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Past Events

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.

Zoh Amba & Wobbly + Floating Shard

Thu., Nov. 17, 2022 PST | Indexical
Rising tenor free jazz saxophonist Zoh Amba performs in collaboration with Wobbly (aka Jon Leidecker of Negativland), using machine listening apparatuses in feedback with Amba's powerful sound. Tamara Duplantis & Jasmine Otto open as Floating Shard, a collaboration that fuses lo-fi electropop and improvised jazz fusion into prog-inflected bops.