The Lab is a nonprofit experimental art and performance space located in the Mission District of San Francisco.
Camille Norment (b. 1970, Silver Spring, Maryland, USA lives and works in Oslo, Norway) works as an artist, musician and composer. Norment’s practice includes performance, installation, drawing, writing and sound, and draws from the artist’s training in music, dance, the visual arts and literature. Norment is concerned with investigating the relationships between sound, music and the visual arts and questioning the meanings of harmony and dissonance. Her art explores the socio-political encoding of sound historically and in the present, reflecting upon the power of dissonance to carve out a space for dissent and creative thinking.
Leila Bordreuil is a Brooklyn-based cellist and composer working in the realm of improvisation, noise music, and sound art. The New York Times has described her work as “steadily scathing music, favoring long and corrosive atonalities”. Bordreuil’s cello playing focuses on the inherent sonic qualities of her instrument, paying careful attention to timbre and texture. She challenges conventional cello practice through extreme extended techniques and imaginative amplification methods, compelling us to question what is valued in instrumental performance and why. Her composed works frequently incorporate sound-spatialization by way of site-specific pieces and multi-channel installations.
8:00pm Doors / 8:30pm Music
$10 Guests / Free for Members
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75 Dollar Bill was formed in 2012 by percussionist Rick Brown and guitarist Che Chen. Played on a deeply resonant plywood crate, Brown’s earthy, elemental rhythms are both the foundation and foil for Chen’s ecstatic, modal guitar style. The duo’s electric, richly patterned music can shape shift from joyful dance tunes to slowly changing trance minimalism, an uncategorizable hybrid which draws on early electric blues, the modal traditions of West Africa, India and the Middle East, Sun Ra’s space chords and the minimalist and No Wave histories of their home town. While Brown and Chen are always at the band’s core, the duo frequently expands into other configurations live and on record, from trio to 25-piece marching band. They have released a string of cassettes and two LPs, the most recent of which, Wood / Metal / Plastic / Pattern / Rhythm / Rock, met with wide critical acclaim and appeared on numerous "Best of" lists for 2016. It is now being released in Europe (on vinyl, digitally and, for the first time, on CD) by Glitterbeat Records, on its brand-new tak:til imprint.
8:30pm Doors / 9pm Sound
$25 General / $15 for Members
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This concert promises to be an exquisite sound immersion of expansive dimensions. The world renowned innovative zither/harp master, composer, and sound healing presence of Laraaji is joined by collaborative partner sound healing musician Reiki Master Arji OceAnanda for an evening of celestial sound making.
The Universe is Lit: Bay Area Black and Brown Punk Fest is inspired by the Black and Brown Punk Show Collective’s series of fests beginning in Chicago during the Summer of 2014 as a way for POC/Queer/Trans punx in Chicago to connect and keep the punk scene diverse and safe. The Universe is Lit Fest aims to continue in the traditions of the Black and Brown Punk Show Collective in Chicago, Not Enough Fest in Portland, and the Think and Die Thinking Festival in San Jose, CA.
The organizers of Bay Area’s Universe is Lit Fest seek to honor and exalt the existence of Black and Brown musicians, artists, and freaks throughout history, from the pre-patriarchal era and beyond. We recognize ourselves as future ancestors and in the words of Grace Jones aim to “let them know we’re here!” across the expanses of time and experience.
For more information about the Universe is Lit: Bay Area Black and Brown Punk Festival including the full schedule of events, visit theuniverseislit.com.