The Lab

The Lab is a nonprofit experimental art and performance space located in the Mission District of San Francisco.

Waveguide: Blood Wedding / John Bischoff / Ecstatic Music Band

Blood Wedding is the duo project of Danishta Rivero (vocals, processing) and Chuck Johnson (steel guitar, synthesizer.) Danishta Rivero is a musician and sound artist based in San Francisco. She is a vocalist, and also performs on the Hydrophonium, a water-based electro-acoustic percussion instrument she created. Chuck Johnson is a composer and musician residing in Oakland, CA. He approaches his work with an ear towards the faults and instabilities that reveal latent beauty, and with a focus on American Primitive guitar, experimental electronics, and "folk minimalist" composition.

John Bischoff (b. 1949) is a composer known for his solo constructions in real time synthesis and the pioneering development of computer network music. He was a founding member of the legendary League of Automatic Music Composers in 1978 – considered to be the world’s first computer network band – and he is also one of the original members of The Hub (1987). He is currently an Associate Professor of Music at Mills College in Oakland, California. At The Lab Bischoff will perform a set of solo electronic pieces using his custom designed analog circuit. When Bischoff activates the circuit, sounds are analyzed in real-time by his laptop and inform an extended computer-synthesis response. As a result, unique characteristics of the analog and digital realms crossbreed and counterpoise in time, forming a hybrid sensibility. His set will include Circuit Combine, Visibility Prelude, and Surface Effect.

The Ecstatic Music Band is a collective music/sound experiment. The group explores the realms of psychedelic-aural/visual-experience thru the use of alternate tuning systems, extended duration, high volume/frequencies and stroboscopic lighting. The compositional-improvisations that are employed produce dense and dynamic fields of harmonic interference and reinforcement. The search for a deep consonance occurs amid a flux of microtonal variations, beating tones, difference tones and psychoacoustic phenomena. Trance is the aim and goal.

The Ecstatic Music Band:
John Krausbauer - violin
Marielle Jakobsons - violin
Agnes Szelag - cello
Blaine Todd - electronic bass