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, December 2 2017 9:00 PM
Danielle de Picciotto (Crime & The City Solution) & Alexander Hacke (Einstürzende Neubauten)

Danielle de Picciotto and Alexander Hacke have been leading a nomadic life since 2010, with no permanent home and travelling from one city to the next. The reason for their restlessness is the overall gentrification, the annihilation of individualism, the rising costs of living and the relentless sellout by the mainstream entertainment industry. "Artists need to find new ways of working now-a-days in order to upkeep integrity and autonomy. The old patterns no longer function.”

The uncompromising decision to abandon their home has since determined their work. Their search for external & internal clarity, researching archaic principles and philosophies has helped them master the rigors of the road.

At The Lab they will be presenting their album "Perseverantia.” The album was recorded in the Californian Mojave desert and is mostly instrumental, with a few spoken-word lyrics by Danielle de Picciotto. Together with the throat-singing by Alexander Hacke, the purring and squeaking of the hurdy-gurdy and an ether-plucking harp, melancholic violin melodies and the hum and growl of bass and guitar, one is placed in an acoustic world of mysteries, which floats out of the loudspeakers like an epic movie, both disturbing and mesmerizing.  More...

Sunday, December 3 2017 8:30 PM
Radian

8:00pm Doors / 8:30pm Sound
$15 Guests / Free for members
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Vienna is the home of Radian, Martin Brandlmayr (drums, electronics), John Norman (bass), and Martin Siewert (guitars, electronics), who have been influenced by and shaped the city’s vivid scene of electronica in the early 2000s. The title of their most recent album, On Dark Silent Off, is a nod to Ad Reinhardt, whose art and theory has been influential on the trio. The juxtaposition of extremes (on/off) is present in Radian’s work: the contrast between light and darkness; and in musical terms, sound and silence and brightness/darkness of timbre.

Radian creates a field of tension between extreme dynamics, freely improvised parts and meticulous construction, an inherent contrast between soft sounds and sharp edits. Radian’s recording/creative process takes a central role in shaping the pieces. It is a two-fold process of creating material through improvisation, sound experiments and processing on the one hand, and a routine of carefully selecting and editing this material on the other. It is often the case that mere snippets are used out of hours of sound material. The contrast between the magic of the moment, spontaneous live performance and its subsequent careful construction shape the quality of the pieces.

Martin Siewert, who joined Radian in 2011, is a guitarist with range. Besides working in bands like Trapist (with Brandlmayr and Joe Williamson), the trio Fake the Facts (with Mats Gustafsson, and dieb13), and with quartet The Peeled Eye (Steve Heather, Boris Hauf, and Christian Weber), he recently has been busy with playing a lot in New Music contexts, performing with the likes of Uli Fussenegger (Klangforum Wien), Ernesto Molinari, and Jorge Sanchez-Chiong, amongst others. In April 2016 he released a duo record with pianist and composer Katharina Klement (Hoverload), and in July 2016 will release Also, a duo with drummer Katharina Ernst.

Martin Brandlmayr works in the field between improvised music and composition. He has performed and recorded with Otomo Yoshihide, John Tilbury, Christian Fennesz, David Sylvian and many more. He has recently focused on composition and writing for various ensembles. He currently plays as a duo with ErikM called Ecotone and has performed with and released several albums as part of Polwechsel and Trapist (with Siewert and Joe Williamson).

John Norman was born and raised in Gothenburg, Sweden, and has lived in Northern Italy, Glasgow (Scotland) and Innsbruck (Austria) before moving to Vienna in the mid 90s. He played bass in metal, punk and indie rock bands before joining Radian. Currently, he is also playing guitar and singing in a shoegaze band called Snoww Crystal.

http://www.radian.at/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Licm7MltTaM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=94&v=4R1u5ddl2RU  More...

Friday, December 15 2017 8:00 PM
Wadada Leo Smith: CREATE

A festival dedicated to the music of Wadada Leo Smith. It is a source for premiering new and existing works, and the celebration of information through seminars, video and film presentation. This is to instill information that will address the historical and inspirational sources of the new works.

CREATE occurs annually in New Haven, CT during the month of April, and later in the year in other regions in the United States. There, CREATE incorporates a community of musicians in those selected sites. Also, each festival opens with young developing artist’ ensemble, who are assigned to compose a new work to be premiered at CREATE.

Our outreach program for young children and young developing artists takes place through the production of performances and workshops in local nursery schools, kindergarten schools and neighborhood schools of music. All this is made possible with the support of The Doris Duke Artist Award of 2016-2019.

Friday, December 15

Doors 7:30pm / Music 8:00pm

Lamar Smith / Hardedge / Pheeroan akLaff: New Piece / South Central L.A.

Lamar Smith: guitar
Hardedge: soundesign
Pheeroan akLaff: drums

Wadada Leo Smith: Silence

Wadada Leo Smith: trumpet
David Leikam: Moog synthesizer
Anthony Davis: piano

RedKoral Quartet: Pacifica, String Quartet No. 12B

RedKoral Quartet
Shalini Vijayan: violin
Mona Thian: violin
Andrew McIntosh: viola
Ashley Walters: cello
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Wadada Leo Smith: trumpet
Hardedge: soundesign

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Wadada Leo Smith’s Golden Quintet: America’s National Parks (New Orleans The National Culture Park USA 1718; Eileen Jackson Southern, 1920-2002 A Literary National Park; Yellowstone The First National Park and the Spirit of America – The Mountains, Super-Volcano Caldera and Its Ecosystem 1872)

Wadada Leo Smith: trumpet
Anthony Davis: piano
Ashley Walters: cello
John Lindberg: bass
Pheeroan akLaff: drums
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Jesse Gilbert – video artist  More...

Saturday, December 16 2017 8:00 PM
Wadada Leo Smith: CREATE

A festival dedicated to the music of Wadada Leo Smith. It is a source for premiering new and existing works, and the celebration of information through seminars, video and film presentation. This is to instill information that will address the historical and inspirational sources of the new works.

CREATE occurs annually in New Haven, CT during the month of April, and later in the year in other regions in the United States. There, CREATE incorporates a community of musicians in those selected sites. Also, each festival opens with young developing artist’ ensemble, who are assigned to compose a new work to be premiered at CREATE.

Our outreach program for young children and young developing artists takes place through the production of performances and workshops in local nursery schools, kindergarten schools and neighborhood schools of music. All this is made possible with the support of The Doris Duke Artist Award of 2016-2019.

Saturday, December 16

1:00pm – 3:00pm Seminar
Ankhrasmation Symbolic Language Scores
Talk + coffee


Doors 7:30pm / Music 8:00pm

Wadada Leo Smith: Earth

Wadada Leo Smith: trumpet
Motoko Honda: piano
Soo Yeon Lyuh: haegeum
William Winant: percussion

ROVA: Saxophone Quartet No. 1: Ma’d-Din, in memory of Sufi Master, Cerno Bokar Saalif Taal

Bruce Ackley: soprano & tenor saxophones
Larry Ochs: tenor & sopranino saxophones
Jon Raskin: baritone, alto & sopranino saxophones
Steve Adams: alto & sopranino saxophones

Wadada Leo Smith’s Pacifica: Koral Reef

Wadada Leo Smith: trumpet
Henry Kaiser: guitar
John Lindberg: bass

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Wadada Leo Smith’s Golden Quintet: America’s National Parks America’s National Parks
(The Mississippi River Dark and Deep Dreams Flow the River – a National Memorial Park c. 5000 BC; Sequoia Kings Canyon National Parks The Giant Forest, Great Canyon, Cliffs, Peaks, Waterfalls and Cave Systems 1890; Yosemite The Glaciers, the Falls, the Wells and the Valley of Goodwill 1890)

Wadada Leo Smith: trumpet
Anthony Davis: piano
Ashley Walters: cello
John Lindberg: bass
Pheeroan akLaff: drums
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Jesse Gilbert – video artist  More...