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The Lab
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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.

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Upcoming Events:
Thursday, April 6 2023 8:00 PM
Caterina Barbieri

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Caterina Barbieri is an Italian composer who explores themes related to machine intelligence and object-oriented perception in sound. Caterina explores the psycho-physical effects of repetition and pattern-based operations in music, by investigating the polyphonic and polyrhythmic potential of sequencers to draw severe, complex geometries in time and space. Her current sonic research investigates the creative use of computation and complex sequencing techniques to explore the artefacts of human perception and trigger temporal hallucinations, by ultimately inducing a sense of ecstasy and Contemplation. Her work has been extensively presented in festivals and venues across the world such as Atonal and Berliner Festspiele, Mutek, Unsound, Sonar, Primavera Sound, Dekmantel, Barbican Centre, Philharmonie de Paris, Berghain, Biennale di Venezia. Her solo LP Patterns of Consciousness (Important Records, 2017) has received critical acclaim and has been named as one of the best releases of the year and the decade. Her 2019 release on Editions Mego, Ecstatic Computation, has been critically acclaimed and is record of the year on Bleep. She has recently signed her first movie soundtrack for Pascual Sisto’s “John and the Hole”, that was selected at Cannes 2020 and Sundance 2021, as well as scored fashion shows by Fendi, Gucci, Calvin Klein and Off-White.
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Friday, April 7 2023 8:30 PM
Kali Malone

Kali Malone (b. 1994) is an American-Swedish composer and musician based in Stockholm. Her compositions implement specific tuning systems in minimalist structure for pipe organ, choir, chamber music ensembles, and electroacoustic formats.

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Saturday, May 6 2023 8:30 PM
Bill Orcutt Guitar Quartet

Saturday, May 6, 2023
8pm doors / 8:30pm show
Tickets $25 (discounted or free for members)
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San Francisco-based guitarist and composer Bill Orcutt presents his latest project, an all-electric Guitar Quartet performing the music from his 2022 LP “Music for Four Guitars,” an album which Pitchfork describes as “a rigidly structured quartet that weaves tiny rhythmic phrases into expansive tapestries, drawing on the tenets of early minimalism and New York guitar groups like Glenn Branca Ensemble.” Featuring an all-star team of guitarists Orcutt, Wendy Eisenberg, Ava Mendoza, and Shane Parish, the ensemble will present the music in an expanded live format that will combine intricate composition with no holds barred improvisation.

Bill Orcutt is the former guitarist and founder of the notorious 90’s group Harry Pussy, and his sound is a stuttered reimagining of blues guitar, weaving looping melodic lines and angular attack into a dense, fissured landscape of American primitivism, outsider jazz, and a stripped-down re-envisioning of the possibilities of the guitar. Whether he’s playing his decrepit Kay acoustic or gutted electric Telecaster (both stripped of two of their strings, as has been Orcutt’s custom since 1985), Orcutt’s jagged sound is utterly unique and instantly recognizable, compared with equal frequency to avant-garde composers and rural bluesmen. The New York Times has called him a "powerful musician... a go-for-broke guitar improviser," and described his sound as "articulated sprays of arpeggiated chords and dissonance."

Wendy Eisenberg is an improviser and songwriter who uses guitar, pedals, the tenor banjo, the computer, the synthesizer and the voice. Their work spans genres, from jazz to noise to avant-rock to delicate songs; their performances span venues, from international festivals to intimate basements. Though often working solo as both a songwriter and improviser, with acclaimed releases on Tzadik, VDSQ, Out of your Head, and Garden Portal, they also perform in the rock band Editrix, and in endless other combinations of their heroes and peers including Allison Miller, Carla Kihlstedt, John Zorn, Billy Martin, and Caroline Davis. They are also a writer on music and other things, with published essays on music in Sound American, Arcana, and the Contemporary Music Review.

Ava Mendoza Ava Mendoza is a Brooklyn-based guitarist, composer, and songwriter. Best known for her solo guitar/voice performances, and as the leader of the experimental rock band Unnatural Ways, she has received critical acclaim for her guitar work's compelling combination of technique and visceral impact. Mendoza's recording and performing credits include work with William Parker, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Nels Cline, Malcolm Mooney (CAN) , Fred Frith, Abiodun Oyewole (Last Poets), Matana Roberts, Mike Watt, Carla Bozulich, and Negativland. As a composer she has received commissions from film distributor Kino Lorber, Jazz Coalition, the New Music Creator Development Fund, and John Zorn’s Stone Commissioning Series at National Sawdust.

Shane Parish devotes much of his time to developing his singular and expressive voice on the guitar. He communicates through emotion, unexpected melodicism, technical whimsy, a nuanced sense of form, and rich timbral variety, simultaneously drawing from the guitar’s history and aiming for its future. He is known for fronting the electric instrumental prog-punk band Ahleuchatistas, and for his uniquely beautiful solo acoustic finger-style work, often creating modern re-interpretations of traditional folk tunes. He has released records on Tzadik, International Anthem, Cuneiform and more.
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Sunday, May 7 2023 8:00 PM
The Shape of Minds to Come: John Duncan, Schneider TM, Scot Jenerik, Chandra Shukla, Thomas Dimuzio

John Duncan (Wichita, Kansas 1953) is a pioneer of performance art, installations, video and experimental audio who has lived and worked in Los Angeles, Tokyo, Amsterdam and northern Italy. His many releases are acclaimed by critics and composers as benchmarks of experimental music.

Schneider TM is a multidimensional music project of Dirk Dresselhaus, named after his nickname Schneider, which oscillates extensively between adventurous electronic pop-music and experimental, sometimes improvised freeform music, while occasionally bringing these and other opposing elements together.

Scot Jenerik (born 1964) is a multidisciplinary artist/instrumentalist, instrument builder, composer and sound engineer. He has performed, lectured and distributed works extensively in the United States, Europe and Japan for over 30 years. Combining elements of Kodo drumming, drone and noise, Jenerik transfers the intensity of physical performance into a throbbing soundscape of rhythms, drones and direct elemental contact.

Chandra Shukla (born Vivek Chandra Shukla 1975 Alameda, California) is an experimental/avant-garde musician interested in audio, video, live performances, and graphic design. His history stems from learning Indian Classical Music by learning tabla from the likes of Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri and sitar from Pandit Habib Khan. Xambuca is his main, sometimes instrumental and electro-acoustic music project with synths, guitar, samplers, sitar and vocals.

Thomas Dimuzio is a musician, composer, improviser, sound designer, mastering engineer, label proprietor, and music technologist residing in San Francisco, California. Dimuzio's music is like a sonic excursion transporting the listener to other worldly aural realms. “His work has a narrative, filmic tug that will draw you into its dark corners, ears alert… brilliant and rarely less than entertaining.” – Peter Marsh, BBC.
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Saturday, May 27 2023 7:30 PM
Karl Evangelista's "Bukas" with Special Guest Andrew Cyrille (Evening Performance)

with Karl Evangelista (guitar), Lewis Jordan (saxophone), Lisa Mezzacappa (bass), Rei Scampavia (keys), Francis Wong (saxophone), with Special Guest Andrew Cyrille (drums)

Filipino-American guitarist/composer Karl Evangelista presents Bukas (Tagalog for "Tomorrow"), a brand-new work that explores the intersection between intergenerational resistance and revolutionary music.

Bukas combines prerecorded interviews, documenting the firsthand accounts of veteran artists with histories in musical innovation, with cutting-edge sounds drawn from the realms of free jazz, electronic music, and noise. In doing so, this composition serves to both educate audiences on the stories of radical Black and Asian artists and thrust the narrative of creative music into the realm of tomorrow.

Bukas features Karl Evangelista's Apura ensemble, including special guest Andrew Cyrille (the legendary drummer of the Cecil Taylor Unit), Asian American jazz icon Francis Wong, Bay Area free jazz legend Lewis Jordan, daring bassist Lisa Mezzacappa, and Rei Scampavia, Evangelista's partner in acclaimed experimental duo Grex. Apura's 2020 debut record has been hailed as a "modern classic" (Free Jazz Blog) and "improv disc of the year" (Downtown Music Gallery).

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