Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community

                 

The Lab

2948 16th St
San Francisco CA   

The Lab is a catalyst for artistic experimentation. Our projects ignite critical dialogue amongst individuals, organizations, and communities. We support diverse and underserved artists, providing them with essential resources, time, and space to develop work that takes risks and pushes the boundaries of the non-profit platform. As a site of constant innovation and iteration, our programming exposes the elements of art making and transforms the creative process here and abroad.

We are W.A.G.E. Certified. W.A.G.E. Certification is a program initiated and operated by working artists that publicly recognizes non-profit arts organizations demonstrating a commitment to voluntarily paying artist fees that meet a minimum standard.

The Lab does not accept unsolicited submissions.
http://www.thelab.org

Upcoming Events:
Saturday, September 23 2017 8:30 PM
Sam Ashley / John Krausbauer

Saturday, September 23, 2017
8:00pm 11:00pm
Google Calendar ICS
8:00pm Doors / 8:30pm Sound
$15 Guests / Free for members
Reserve seats: member login or guest registration

Sam Ashley, a composer, singer and performance artist who has devoted his life to the development of an experimental, non-religious mysticism. In addition to performing solo and as a principal vocalist in his father Robert Ashley’s opera company, Ashley has relentlessly pursued the ideal of authentic mysticism as a creative process. His pieces explore luck, hallucination and coincidence, but the unifying thread throughout is the concept of trance. Based on the belief that true trance can be found solely by “doing nothing and then doing a little less”, Ashley details his lifelong commitment to investigating trance and hypnagogic states, his discomfort with hypnosis, as well as the beauty to be found in vulnerability.

John Krausbauer is a music conceptualist/multi-instrumentalist currently living in Los Angeles, CA. He has performed and presented his music in a multitude of settings for 20 years - from basements, sidewalks, and rock clubs to colleges, churches, and art galleries. Numerous recordings of his work have been released on independent labels in the US, Europe, and Japan (soon).  More...

Sunday, September 24 2017 5:30 PM
Stranded presents: Grouper / Sarah Davachi

To celebrate Stranded's 5th anniversary, we're excited to present two great artists Grouper and Sarah Davachi at The Lab, San Francisco. Each artist will perform individual sets for early and late shows.

Early show: Doors at 5pm / Music at 5:30
Late show: Doors at 8:30 / Music at 9pm

Tickets: https://www.strandedrecords.com/tickets
There will be a limited amount of $12 tickets available for members of The Lab, but they must be reserved in advance. Please email thelabsf@thelab.org to have your name added to either show's member list.


Grouper, the moniker of Liz Harris, continues to bewilder with the most basic resources: a voice, one instrument and the ambience of her surroundings. Her sparse compositions occupy an intimate space between sound and song, with performances transcending the relationship between performer and listener, offering a meditative and restorative experience.

As a composer of electronic and electroacoustic music, Sarah Davachi's compositional projects are primarily concerned with disclosing the antiquated instruments and forgotten sonics of a bygone era in analog synthesis, with concurrent treatment of acoustic sources – particularly organ, piano, strings, and woodwinds – often involving de-familiarization through processing. Her work considers the experience of enveloped sonic dwelling, utilizing extended durations and simple harmonic structures that emphasize variations in overtone complexity and psychoacoustic artefacts.  More...

Sunday, September 24 2017 9:00 PM
Stranded presents: Grouper / Sarah Davachi

To celebrate Stranded's 5th anniversary, we're excited to present two great artists Grouper and Sarah Davachi at The Lab, San Francisco. Each artist will perform individual sets for early and late shows.

Early show: Doors at 5pm / Music at 5:30
Late show: Doors at 8:30 / Music at 9pm

Tickets: https://www.strandedrecords.com/tickets
There will be a limited amount of $12 tickets available for members of The Lab, but they must be reserved in advance. Please email thelabsf@thelab.org to have your name added to either show's member list.


Grouper, the moniker of Liz Harris, continues to bewilder with the most basic resources: a voice, one instrument and the ambience of her surroundings. Her sparse compositions occupy an intimate space between sound and song, with performances transcending the relationship between performer and listener, offering a meditative and restorative experience.

As a composer of electronic and electroacoustic music, Sarah Davachi's compositional projects are primarily concerned with disclosing the antiquated instruments and forgotten sonics of a bygone era in analog synthesis, with concurrent treatment of acoustic sources – particularly organ, piano, strings, and woodwinds – often involving de-familiarization through processing. Her work considers the experience of enveloped sonic dwelling, utilizing extended durations and simple harmonic structures that emphasize variations in overtone complexity and psychoacoustic artefacts.  More...

Wednesday, October 4 2017 9:00 PM
Steven Warwick

Wednesday, October 4, 2017
8:30pm 11:00pm
Google Calendar ICS
8:30pm Doors / 9:00pm Performance
$15 General / Free for members
Reserve seats: member login or guest registration

Steven Warwick is an artist and musician and writer based in Berlin. His new audio-visual mixtape Nadir was released via the delinear platform on the acclaimed label PAN.

Nadir fuses reflective poetics with diaristic snapshots and fragmented melodies recorded during a residency in LA. The release captures the tensions, unease and uncertainty in a contemporary setting. Live, Warwick presents a new show with visuals in which he reworks the tracks in real time for a club setting, in a similar manner to his previous Heatsick project: loops and rhythms are stretched and worked out on the dancefloor with focus on the human voice to dizzying and psychedelic effect.

“Complex and enthralling, swallowing whole dancefloors of people into deep, hypnotic grooves for hours on end in a rich, multi-sensory overload” – FACT

“This is dance music through and through, albeit probably unlike any you’ve heard before” - The Quietus  More...

Saturday, October 14 2017 8:30 PM
Night Rounds

Saturday, October 14, 2017
8:00pm 11:00pm
Google Calendar ICS
8:00pm Doors / 8:30pm Performance
$15 General / Free for members
Reserve seats: member login or guest registration

An evening of live film and music performances featuring eight Bay Area visual artists and musicians whose work ranges from experiments with light and film to algorithmic music composition. These energetic collaborations bring a dynamic array of sound and image to The Lab and feature Danny Paul Grody (music) + Bill Basquin (film), Steve Dye (film) + Dania Luck (Person L.) (music), John Davis (music/film) + Laurie Varga (music/film), Jorge Bachmann (ruidobello) (music) + Anna Geyer (film).  More...

Sunday, October 29 2017 9:00 PM
Jlin

Sunday, October 29, 2017
8:00pm Doors / 9:00pm Sound
$20 Guests / $12 Members
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Jlin appeared first on Planet Mu's second volume of "Bangs & Works" compilation, which had a huge impact on electronic/club music, bringing footwork to a wider audience. A protegee of RP Boo, Jlin hails from Gary, Indiana, a place close yet distant enough from Chicago to allow her to develop a different perspective on the genre. Her debut album Dark Energy was named best album of 2015 by The Wire—and the new Black Origami is bursting with force, taking footwork to another level through dense rhythmic patterns and tension that overwhelm the listener. Jlin will premiere her live show at The Lab.

http://thequietus.com/articles/17499-jlin-interview  More...

Sunday, November 5 2017 8:30 PM
Man Forever

8:00pm Doors / 8:30pm Sound
$15 Guests / Free for members
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The music of drummer John Colpitts as Man Forever is explorative, innovative and fearless. A musician and composer equally versed in the disparate musical languages of DIY rock, improvisation, and contemporary classical, Colpitts (aka Kid Millions) has made an album that defies genre classification. Propulsive, elaborate drum arrangements (created with TIGUE Percussion) remain essential to Man Forever - on the songs of Play What They Want, they are augmented by voice and melody with contributions from Laurie Anderson, Yo La Tengo, and Mary Lattimore to name a few. Play What They Want represents the culmination of 25 years of musical engagement by one of New York’s most acclaimed percussionists.

The collaborative process, essential to Man Forever, requires the relinquishing of one’s ego for a greater purpose. In Play What They Want, Colpitts leverages a vast and talented stable of diverse collaborators to create a work that transcends the sum of its parts.  More...