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.

Upcoming Events:
Saturday, October 8 2022 8:00 PM
Park Jiha

7:30pm doors / 8pm show
Tickets $15 (discounted or free for members)
Mask required for entry

Park Jiha is a multi-instrumentalist and composer who approaches ancient Korean instruments from the perspective of a modern, improvisatory minimalist. Park trained in classical Korean music at National Gugak Center in Seoul, where she encountered the percussionist Won II and his group P'uri and was inspired by their innovations with traditional instrumentation to pursue her own experimental inclinations. During her studies, Park focused on the piri, a double-reed bamboo oboe; she now plays it alongside the saenghwang, a free-reed mouth organ similar to the Chinese sheng and the Japanese shō, and the yanggeum, a type of hammered dulcimer. The colors and timbres of these instruments are alternately metallic and wooden, synthetic and natural. Her compositions embrace the meditative and affective alike, forging a spacious, resonant soundscape of precisely wrought melodic moments.
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