The Lab

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

Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe & Ariel Kalma

Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe and Ariel Kalma will perform live together in support of their collaborative album, We Know Each Other Somehow, recently released on RVNG labels’ FRKWYS imprint. Screening before the performance, the documentary Sunshine Soup captures the meeting and musical exchange of these two artists as they record the album on location in Mullimimbimy, Australia.

In the 1970s, Ariel Kalma was a technician at Pierre Henry’s legendary Institut National Audiovisuel, Groupe de Recherches Musicales (INA GRM), a musique concréte studio that spawned masterpieces by members Luc Ferrari, Iannis Xenakis, and Bernard Parmegiani. Inspired by their sound as well his travels to India, Kalma began creating his own electro-acoustic music by looping saxophone melodies through a primitive delay unit. Layered with spoken word, modular synthesizers, and analogue drum machines, the resulting sound is both ambient and formal.

Kalma finds an ideal collaborator in Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe. Lowe is a Brooklyn-based musician and performer best known for his solo project Lichens. Utilizing his voice, a loop pedal, and sometimes little else, Lowe’s performances are spontaneous, highly physical, and trance inducing.