The Lab

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

Makoto Kawashima / Henry Kaiser / Soo Yeon Lyuh
Sep
28
8:00 PM20:00

Makoto Kawashima / Henry Kaiser / Soo Yeon Lyuh

8:00pm doors / 8:30pm show
$15 general admission / $10 members
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Over the last decade Makoto Kawashima has emerged as one of the most original improvisers in a new generation of Japanese players. His releases on his own Homosacer label as well as on what would be the final album released by P.S.F. Records reveal a haunting and intense style of playing, bursting with a brutality and virtue that reflect the deepest foundations of Japanese free jazz. Kawashima was born in 1981 in Saitama, a prefecture of the Greater Tokyo Area, but it wasn’t until 2008 that he first picked up the alto saxophone, electing to perform primarily in a solo configuration since 2010. Following the tradition of alto forebears Kaoru Abe and Masayoshi Urabe, he recorded his 2015 record Homo Sacer for P.S.F. Records. Its publication and recent reissue by Black Editions have represented something of a passing of the free improvisation torch, with the session boasting an impassioned performance by Kawashima using one of Kaoru Abe’s reeds given to him by the latter’s mother. Leaping between subdued lyrical lamentations and insistent trills, Kawashima sculpts negative space as counterpoint for his dizzying screeches into the void. This will be Kawashima's first ever performance in California.

Grammy winner Henry Kaiser is widely recognized as one of the most creative and innovative guitarists, improvisers, and producers in the fields of rock, jazz, world, and contemporary experimental musics. The California-based musician is one of the most extensively recorded as well, having appeared on more than 330 different albums and contributed to countless television and film soundtracks. Mr. Kaiser not only produces and contributes to a staggering number of recorded projects, he performs frequently throughout the USA, Canada, Europe and Japan, with several regular groupings as well as solo guitar concerts and concerts of freely improvised music with a host of diverse instrumentalists. He is also a longtime research diver in the US Antarctic Program. He has shot more footage under Antarctic ice than any other videographer/cinematographer. Kaiser was nominated for an academy award for his film with Werner Herzog “Encounters at the End of the World.”

Soo Yeon Lyuh is a haegeum (Korean two-string bowed instrument) player, composer, and improviser currently based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Rigorously trained in court and folk repertories from a young age, Lyuh is known for her masterful performances of new compositions for the haegeum. Deeply invested in exploring new musical possibilities via improvisation, Lyuh has collaborated with the Roscoe Mitchell, Wadada Leo Smith, Fred Frith, and numerous other diverse international performers and composers. She has performed renowned contemporary and experimental concerts in festivals and venues all over the world including India, Turkey, Spain and at the Isang Yun Music Festival in North Korea. Lyuh has recorded multiple CDs of Korean court music, Jazz, and improvisation, as well as being featured on an improvisational recording with Henry Kaiser, Bill Laswell, Rudresh Mahanthappa, and Simon Barker

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Terry Fox: Resonance
Oct
1
to Dec 14

Terry Fox: Resonance

This multivenue exhibition both celebrates and aims to reinvigorate the spirit of Terry Fox (1943–2008), whose importance as a first-generation San Francisco Bay Area Conceptual artist cannot be exaggerated. For much of the 1970s Fox lived in San Francisco and was an integral part of the art activities that centered on Tom Marioni’s Museum of Conceptual Art. Like other like-minded artists nationally and internationally, Fox and his contemporaries—Howard Fried, David Ireland, Paul Kos, Linda Montano, Bonnie Sherk, and Marioni—abandoned the production of static art objects in favor of process works, video, installation, and performance. This unique project, curated by Dena Beard and Constance Lewallen, features a limited-edition catalog in the form of a box containing texts, recordings, and ephemera.

Terry Fox: Resonance is curated by Dena Beard and Constance Lewallen.

The Scope of the Exhibition:

The Lab
2948 16th St., San Francisco, CA 94103
A Resonating Chamber
October 11–November 12, 2019
Audio and video works, performance documentation, and sculpture

October 11, 6–9 p.m.: Performance of Berlin Wall Scored for Sound (1980-88), interpreted and realized as an instrumental version for the Del Sol Quartet by Arnold Dreyblatt and activation of Circulation: Site Pendulum from the Labyrinth Series (1970) by Ron Meyers

CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts
360 Kansas St., San Francisco, CA 94103
The Labyrinth Series and Other Works
October 12–November 2, 2019
Works in a variety of mediums that revolve around Fox’s interpretation of the labyrinth of Chartres Cathedral

October 12, 5–7 p.m.: Walkthrough with Constance Lewallen and activation of Circulation: Site Pendulum from the Labyrinth Series (1970) by Marita Loosen-Fox

Grace Cathedral
1100 California St., San Francisco, CA 94108

Friday, October 4, 2019; 6–9p.m.: The Labyrinth Scored for the Purrs of 11 Different Cats, 1977
Visitors are invited to walk the Cathedral’s replica of the labyrinth at Chartres while listening to Fox’s sound piece.

Cushion Works
3320 18th St., San Francisco, CA 94110
October 10th, 7 p.m.
Living Archive: A Presentation by Marita Loosen-Fox, with Ron Meyers

UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
2155 Center St., Berkeley, CA 94720

October 1–11, 2019: An excerpt from Fox’s video, Children’s Tapes, will be shown on the museum’s exterior screen
October 1–December 14, 2019: The Labyrinth Scored for the Purrs of 11 Different Cats, an audio work, will be installed in the lower level of the museum

871 Fine Arts
20 Hawthorne St., San Francisco, CA 94105
October 25–December 14, 2019
A selection of works on paper will be displayed in this art bookstore and gallery in downtown San Francisco.

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Library
151 Third St., San Francisco, CA  94103
October 11–November 12, 2019
View and discuss with experts a range of Fox’s books, records, and ephemera, by appointment. Email for appointment: library@sfmoma.org.

Thursday, October 17, 7–9 p.m.: Screening of a video of Fox’s performance Timbre and a discussion led by artist Tom Marioni.


San Francisco Art Institute Library
800 Chestnut St., San Francisco, CA 94133
September 24–December 14, 2019
The display cases will feature a range of materials relating to Fox and his circle.

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Martin Creed “Getting Changed”
Oct
24
8:00 PM20:00

Martin Creed “Getting Changed”

8:00pm doors / 8:30pm show
$15 general admission / $10 members
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Martin Creed is known for winning the Turner Prize in 2001 with The Lights Going On And Off, and over the following years for many works involving live music, dance and the use of words — in the form of word-sculptures, talks and songs. Most recently he has been working on a new one-person show, "Getting Changed”, which is part-talk, part-concert, part-cabaret. It is the follow-up to the show "Words & Music" which he did at the Edinburgh Festival in 2017 and has played around the world.

Some of the themes of the new show are borders both personal and national, communication in the form of clothes, and words as clothes for feelings, all put together live in Martin's responsive freestyle way.

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Éliane Radigue: Trilogie de la Mort
Dec
7
7:00 PM19:00

Éliane Radigue: Trilogie de la Mort

7:00pm doors / 7:30pm sound
$10 general admission / Free for members
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Éliane Radigue (b. 1932) is a pioneering French composer of undulating continuous music marked by patient, virtually imperceptible transformations that purposefully unfold to reveal the intangible, radiant contents of minimal sound—its partials, harmonics, subharmonics and inherent distortions. As a student and assistant to musique concrète pioneers Pierre Schaeffer and Pierre Henry in the ‘50s and ‘60s, Radigue mastered tape splicing techniques, but preferred the creation of fluid, delicately balanced feedback works to the spasmodic dissonance of her teachers’ music. Finding peers among minimalist composers in America, Radigue began working with synthesis in 1970, eventually discovering the ARP 2500 synthesizer, which she would use exclusively for her celebrated electronic works to come. With remarkable restraint, Radigue spent years on each electronic piece, painstakingly assembling series of subtle, pulsating ARP recordings to be later mixed meticulously into hourlong suites of precise, perpetual mutation. In 2001, Radigue adapted an early feedback work to live performance on electric bass, Elemental II, and in 2004, with the encouragement of ongoing collaborator Charles Curtis, she permanently abandoned electronics for acoustic composition, beginning with Naldjorlak for solo cello, composed for Curtis. As within each individual work, Radigue has maintained an obstinate focus throughout the flow of her career, her dedication to the materiality of sound earning her numerous accolades and ensuring her place as one of the most important composers of our time.

Created between 1985 and 1993, Trilogie de la Mort is considered by many to be Éliane Radigue’s masterpiece. An extended sonic meditation on death informed by Radigue’s dedicated engagement with Tibetan Buddhism, the piece is made up of three hour-long ARP 2500 synthesizer compositions: Kyema, Kailasha, and Koumé. Kyema was inspired by the Bardo Thodol, or Tibetan Book of the Dead, with six sections reflecting the six bardos, or intermediate states of life and death which constitute the existential continuity of a being. Shortly after finishing the piece in 1988, Radigue learned of a tragic car accident which took the life of her son Yves. Two weeks later, she began work on Kailasha, named after the most sacred of the Tibetan mountains, Mount Kailash. Although an actual visit to the site, considered to be the center of the world in Tibetan cosmology, was beyond Radigue’s capacity, the piece functions both as a sonic pilgrimage and a memorial to her deceased son and was completed in 1991. A subsequent trip to Nepal for the cremation of her Tibetan master convinced Radigue of the transcendental aspect of death as part of a perpetual becoming, lending a heightened clarity to Koumé, which she finished in 1993, completing the trilogy. Trilogie de la Mort was premiered in November 1993 at the monastery at Cimiez in Nice where the sound from hidden loudspeakers seemed, according to minimalist composer Tom Johnson, to ooze out of the walls.

Trilogie de la Mort will be diffused using a newly produced reel-to-reel tape edition of the original master, one of a series produced by Blank Forms in New York in collaboration with Radigue for the high quality presentation of her work.

Trilogie de la Mort is part of Éliane Radigue: Intermediate States, a retrospective curated by Lawrence Kumpf and Charles Curtis and developed in collaboration with Éliane Radigue for Blank Forms in New York. The retrospective seeks to present Radigue’s practice in a richly contextualized, holistic manner to draw out important connections between her early and late periods of work, examining the breadth of her practice and juxtaposing her compositions with new interpretations and experimental re-stagings by contemporary composers. The retrospective will continue in New York with more programs into 2020.

Éliane Radigue: Intermediate States has been made possible with generous support from Wales Arts International, the Goethe-Institut, and through the New Music Fund, a program of FACE Foundation, with generous funding from the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States, Florence Gould Foundation, Fondation CHANEL, French Ministry of Culture, Institut français-Paris, and SACEM (Société des Auteurs, Compositeurs et Editeurs de Musique).

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Éliane Radigue: Occam Ocean
Dec
8
8:00 PM20:00

Éliane Radigue: Occam Ocean

Performed by Dafne Vicente-Sandoval, Charles Curtis, Rhodri Davies, and Robin Hayward 

8:00pm doors / 8:30pm show
$20 general admission / $15 members
Reserve seats: member login or guest registration

Éliane Radigue (b. 1932) is a pioneering French composer of undulating continuous music marked by patient, virtually imperceptible transformations that purposefully unfold to reveal the intangible, radiant contents of minimal sound—its partials, harmonics, subharmonics and inherent distortions. As a student and assistant to musique concrète pioneers Pierre Schaeffer and Pierre Henry in the ‘50s and ‘60s, Radigue mastered tape splicing techniques, but preferred the creation of fluid, delicately balanced feedback works to the spasmodic dissonance of her teachers’ music. Finding peers among minimalist composers in America, Radigue began working with synthesis in 1970, eventually discovering the ARP 2500 synthesizer, which she would use exclusively for her celebrated electronic works to come. With remarkable restraint, Radigue spent years on each electronic piece, painstakingly assembling series of subtle, pulsating ARP recordings to be later mixed meticulously into hourlong suites of precise, perpetual mutation, including masterpieces Trilogie de la mort and Adnos I-III. In 2001, Radigue adapted an early feedback work to live performance on electric bass, Elemental II, and in 2004, with the encouragement of ongoing collaborator Charles Curtis, she permanently abandoned electronics for acoustic composition, beginning with Naldjorlak for solo cello, composed for Curtis. As within each individual work, Radigue has maintained an obstinate focus throughout the flow of her career, her dedication to the materiality of sound earning her numerous accolades and ensuring her place as one of the most important composers of our time.

Occam Ocean is an ongoing series of solo and ensemble pieces composed by Radigue for individual instrumentalists in which a performer's personal performance technique and particular relationship to their instrument function as the compositional material of the piece. The “knights of the Occam,” as Radigue refers to the performers participating in the project, are therefore musicians who have developed individualistic, creative approaches to their instruments; and the resulting compositions are not transferable to other performers on that instrument. Citing the ocean as a calming antidote to the overwhelming nature of our vibratory wave-filled surroundings, Radigue has named the tributary components of her Occam series with the image of fluid water in mind. Solo pieces are Occams, duo pieces Rivers, and larger ensemble pieces Deltas. The process of combining or over-laying the solos as small ensemble pieces, with only minor adjustments in the solos themselves, recalls Radigue's procedure in the early feedback works made as sound installations, in which individual feedback loops are to combined freely in slight non-synchronization such that combinations of loops rarely or never repeat. With the extreme simplicity of Occam’s razor, continuous pieces that are iridescent on their own achieve a new radiance of interacting pulsation in their River and Delta configurations. The Occam series began in 2011 with a solo for harpist Rhodri Davies and has continued steadily to the present, counting now well over fifty individual solos and ensemble pieces.

Dafne Vicente-Sandoval is a bassoon player who explores sound through improvisation, contemporary music performance and sound installations. Her instrumental approach is centered on the fragility of sound and its emergence within a given space by testing the threshold between instability and control. Her long-term collaborations with a handful of composers engaged in music that demands a high degree of critical interpretation have led to the creation of a significant catalogue of solo pieces including compositions by Klaus Lang, Jakob Ullmann, and Éliane Radigue.

Acknowledged internationally as a performer of new and experimental music, cellist Charles Curtis has been associated with minimalist pioneer La Monte Young and Marina Zazeela since 1987, their intimate working relationship having yielded retroactive recalibrations of pieces like Young’s 1958 Trio for Strings. Curtis is also the first performer to collaborate with Éliane Radigue on a work for an unamplified, acoustic instrument without electronic support or accompaniment. This work, Naldjorlak, composed in 2004 and premiered in December 2005, is an hour-long, exhaustive enquiry into the inherent resonating properties of the cello.

Rhodri Davies is an improvising harpist who confronts traditional concepts of the harp through his use of preparations, detuned, bowed, and e-bowed strings. One of the most prominent members of the London reductionist school of improvised music, new pieces for solo harp have been composed for him by Philip Corner and Yasunao Tone, in addition to Éliane Radigue.

Robin Hayward is a tuba player and composer who has introduced radical playing techniques to brass instruments, initially through the discovery of the ‘noise-valve’ and later through the development of the first fully microtonal tuba in 2009. In 2012 he invented the Hayward Tuning Vine, partly out of a desire to visualise the harmonic space implicit within the microtonal tuba, and began working on a solo tuba piece with Éliane Radigue, which became Occam XI. Other composer collaborations include Christian Wolff and Alvin Lucier.

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Tom Hall + Scott Arford + Jorge Bachmann
Aug
31
8:00 PM20:00

Tom Hall + Scott Arford + Jorge Bachmann

8pm doors / 8:30pm performance
$15 general admission / Free for members
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Tom Hall is an Australian audio/visual artist, residing in Los Angeles. His practice involves extensive exploration into place, space and time. Inspired by peripheral environments found in the everyday, he focuses on an exploratory discourse to engage and recontextualize found materials, using sound and imagery as a means to translate and create hybrid environments through temporal translations. These outcomes vary and include drone, melody, glitch and installations; portrayed using analog and digital synthesis, computer programming and reactionary visuals. Hall has released a number of recordings in the past two decade on labels such as Elli records, Overlap, Arlen, and Presto!? along with extensive exhibitions and live performance tours worldwide. Hall also works as a Content Developer for the revered Cycling ’74, creators of the visual programming language Max/MSP & Jitter. http://tomhall.com.au

Scott Arford works with sound, video and space. He has been active in the Bay Area's underground music and art scene since 1995. His work spans styles and mediums and includes live a/v performance, installations, and recorded works. Arford has shown work globally including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Sounding Festivals in Guangzhou, China and Taipei, Taiwan, Liquid Architecture in Melbourne, Australia, Sonic Light in Amsterdam, and the Center for Contemporary Arts in Kitakyushu, Japan. His awards include an Honorable Mention in the 2005 Prix Ars Electronica. Arford received a Bachelor of Architecture from the College of Architecture and Design at Kansas State University in 1991. http://www.7hz.org

Jorge Bachmann is a San Francisco based Sound Artist and curator. He has been involved in San Francisco's experimental music/dance scene since the early 2000. Working across a wide range of explorations, Bachmann's work is eclectic, going from subtle "Musique Concrète" Soundscapes to analog modular synth minimalism. Since the early 1980's he has been exploring the strange, unique and microscopic sounds of everyday life. Collecting field recordings and creating immersive soundscapes. Blurring the boundaries between wilderness sound environments and man-made sounds. Bachmann has composed music for MOBU Dance troupe and Christine Bonansea Dance Company. He has performed and exhibited in North America, Europe, Japan, Taiwan and South America. In 2009 he performed his audio-visual piece, "Coleoptera", at the 10th Francisco Electronic Music Festival. In recent years he has performed and improvised with the likes of Alessandro Cortini, Bryan Day, Michael Gendreau, Mason Jones, David Graves, Danishta Rivero, Markus Hawkings, Yuko Matsuyama, Kevin Corcoran, Jaroba and Takahiro Kawaguchi. His last solo album "Mare Island" is on Ithaca's VauxFlores Industrial label. At present he is also part of the bands, “Faults”, "Collision Stories" and "audre". http://soundcloud.com/ruidobello/

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Pamela Z
Aug
29
8:00 PM20:00

Pamela Z

8:00pm Doors / 8:30 pm Performance
ALL SEATS HAVE BEEN RESERVED – Standing room and floor seats will be released at the door depending on space. Add your name to the queue at the front desk when you arrive and we will start releasing spaces at 8:20pm

The San Francisco Arts Commission is thrilled to present legendary composer, performer, and media artist Pamela Z in a live performance of works for solo voice, electronics, and projected image. This performance is planned in conjunction with side by side/in the world, an exhibition on view at the SFAC Main Gallery which explores the idea of sanctuary through the work of ten California artists including Pamela Z. For the exhibition, Z presents Suitcase, a mixed media installation which features a suitcase as both a bag and a home for a video projection of a vulnerable and inconsolable female subject that occupies it. Part of a larger work called Baggage Allowance, Suitcase asks the viewer to think about the things we carry with us both physically and emotionally when we travel by choice or by necessity.

Pamela Z is a composer/performer and media artist who makes solo works combining a wide range of vocal techniques with electronic processing, samples, gesture activated MIDI controllers, and video. She has toured extensively throughout the US, Europe, and Japan. Her work has been presented at venues and exhibitions including Bang on a Can (NY), the Japan Interlink Festival, Other Minds (SF), the Venice Biennale, and the Dakar Biennale. She's created installations and has composed scores for dance, film, and chamber ensembles (including Kronos Quartet). Her awards include the Rome Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Doris Duke Artist Impact Award, the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation residency, the Herb Alpert Award, and an Ars Electronica honorable mention, and the NEA/Japan-US Fellowship. pamelaz.com

Image: Pamela Z performing at Ars Electronica in Linz, Austria Photo: rubra (courtesy of Ars Electronica)

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The poetry and tidal wave of Mahogany L. Browne with Tongo Eisen-Martin
Aug
18
7:30 PM19:30

The poetry and tidal wave of Mahogany L. Browne with Tongo Eisen-Martin

7:30pm doors / 8pm readings
$8 entry (no one turned away for lack of funds), free for members 

Mahogany L. Browne is a writer, organizer & educator. The Artistic Director of Urban Word NYC & Poetry Coordinator at St. Francis College. Browne has received fellowships from Agnes Gund, Air Serenbe, Cave Canem, Poets House, Mellon Research & Rauschenberg. She is the author of Woke: A Young Poets Call to Justice, Woke Baby & Black Girl Magic (Macmillan), Kissing Caskets (Yes Yes Books) & Dear Twitter (Penmanship Books). She is also the founder of Woke Baby Book Fair (a nationwide diversity literature campaign) & as an Arts for Justice grantee, is completing her first book of essays on mass incarceration's, investigating its effect on women and children. She resides in Brooklyn, NY.

Originally from San Francisco, Tongo Eisen-Martin is a poet, movement worker, and educator. His latest curriculum on extrajudicial killing of Black people, We Charge Genocide Again, has been used as an educational and organizing tool throughout the country. His book titled, "Someone's Dead Already" was nominated for a California Book Award. His latest book "Heaven Is All Goodbyes" was published by the City Lights Pocket Poets series, was shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize and won a California

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Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Riener, Phillip Greenlief, and Evelyn Davis
Aug
16
8:00 PM20:00

Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Riener, Phillip Greenlief, and Evelyn Davis

8pm doors / 8:30pm performance
$15 general admission / Free for members
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Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Riener: Dance
Phillip Greenlief: Saxophone
Evelyn Davis: Piano 

Since 2010 Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Riener have created dance in response to complex and active spatial environments, often merging elements of fantasy, absurdity, and quiet contemplation into challenging multifaceted performance. After working together in the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Mitchell and Riener developed a keen interest in the way abstraction and representation coincide in the body. Their collaborative work takes many forms, from site-specific installations, improvisational dances, and traditional proscenium pieces to highly crafted and intimate, immersive experiences. Historical influences and aesthetic forms collapse into a visually charged hybrid physical language. Together they have been part of Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Extended Life Dance Development program, the New York City Center Choreographic Fellowship, and have been artists in residence at EMPAC, Mount Tremper Arts, Wellesley College, Jacob’s Pillow, and Pieter. Their work has been presented at MOMA PS1 as part of Greater NY, The Chocolate Factory, New York Live Arts, Danspace Project, REDCAT, ICA Boston and Summer Stages Dance, the Walker Art Center, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, On the Boards, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

Since his emergence on the west coast in the late 1970s, saxophonist Phillip Greenlief has achieved international critical acclaim for his recordings and performances with musicians and composers in the post-jazz continuum as well as new music innovators and virtuosic improvisers. He has performed and recorded with Wadada Leo Smith, Meredith Monk, Rashaun Mitchell and They Might Be Giants; albums include That Overt Desire of Object with Joelle Leandre, All At Once with FPR (Frank Gratkowski, Jon Raskin, PG), and Lantskap Logic with Fred Frith and Evelyn Davis. Recent residencies have included Headlands Center for the Arts and the Banff Center for the Arts. His critical writing has been published in Artforum, SFMOMA's Open Space, and Signal to Noise.

Detroit native and general wanderer Evelyn Davis is an inside/prepared/new music pianist, improvisor, pipe organist, composer, vocalist, synthesist, teacher, songstress, and maker of /participator in oddly shaped musics with an occasional side of performance art. She is an improviser that has recorded with Phillip Greenlief, Fred Frith, and Michael Zerang, among many other esteemed musicians from Chicago and the SF Bay Area. She has appeared at several prog festivals in Europe, including Rock in Opposition festival in Carmeaux, France, and Different Sounds Festival in Lublin, Poland.  Evelyn holds degrees in Jazz from Southwestern Community College, in Composition from Indiana University, and a Master’s degree in Performance and Improvisation from Mills College. Evelyn created and performed the music of Frankenixon, with the help of guitarist Joe Kiplinger.

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XUXA SANTAMARIA "​Chancletas D’Oro​" w/ FOOZOOL, Las Sucias, Tyler Holmes, Felidae
Jul
19
7:30 PM19:30

XUXA SANTAMARIA "​Chancletas D’Oro​" w/ FOOZOOL, Las Sucias, Tyler Holmes, Felidae

7:30pm doors / 8pm show
$9-18 sliding scale general admission / Free for members
Tickets at the door

Chancletas D’Oro,​ ​XUXA SANTAMARIA’s third release and second full-length LP, is a loose concept album focused on exploring femme and womxn narratives drawn from both history and works of fiction​.

​Interdisciplinary artist ​Sofía Córdova​ ​and ​Matthew Gonzalez Kirkland​ ​are XUXA SANTAMARIA, a musical collective channeling feminist sci-fi, the Final Fantasy 7 OST, So So Def All Stars Volumes 1-3, Garbage, Kid Creole, Celia Cruz y La Sonora Matancera and The Stooges variously or all at once. In March 2015 the duo released a mixtape, ​Billionair Rainbow​, a 6 track bilingual meditation on societal alliances and entanglements with money: desire, power, debt and revulsion. Their first album, ​Chucha Santamaria y Usted​, was released in 2011 album to cult acclaim. In addition to these two song-based projects, they also have done a series of one off semi-improvisational long-form experimental performances - most recently ​Song4Sanctuary​ ​at SF City Hall (commissioned by the SF Arts Commission) and ​WALL a​ t the Internet Archive (as part of the Soundwave Biennial) - and score all of Cordova’s video art and installations.

Also featuring w/ FOOZOOL, Las Sucias, Tyler Holmes, Felidae.

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The Invisible Hands الأيادى الخفية, Alvarius B, Alan Bishop of Sun City Girls
Jul
5
8:00 PM20:00

The Invisible Hands الأيادى الخفية, Alvarius B, Alan Bishop of Sun City Girls

8:00pm Doors / 8:30pm Performance
$15 Guests / $10 Members
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The Invisible Hands - الأيادى الخفية
Debut San Francisco Performance
Alan Bishop (of the legendary underground outfit Sun City Girls) has spent the better part of the past decade based in Cairo on a number of critical missions, but perhaps most notable is The Invisible Hands – the band he formed in 2011 with Egyptian musicians Cherif El Masri and Aya Hemeda. Via blues-rock, desert-psych, and the irresistible conjure of cinematic flourish, their 2013 debut album audaciously features an Arabic and English version of each song. Indeed the idiosyncrasies of Bishop’s own songwriting and that in collaboration with El Masri, transcend languages, as the band is apt to emote in a number of tongues in concert. Already familiar as a live act to the adventurous music scenes in Europe and Egypt, in July of 2019, the group embarks on their first tour of the U.S. with the quartet of Bishop, El-Masri, Hemeda, and Adham.

Alvarius B
In addition to his recent work in The Invisible Hands, our bard of the sardonic, Alvarius B. (aka Alan Bishop of Sun City Girls) has managed an appreciable expansion of his singer-songwriter and six-string strangler oeuvre, much of it cataloged on 2017’s bodacious Triple LP "With a Beaker on the Burner and an Otter in the Oven." His salty solo performances pull from a now easily triple-digit songbook that stretches back into his quarter century with Sun City Girls, and forward epochs.

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die Angel (Pan Sonic's Ilpo Väisänen) + X A M B U C A (Chandra Shukla) + Thomas Dimuzio
Jul
3
8:00 PM20:00

die Angel (Pan Sonic's Ilpo Väisänen) + X A M B U C A (Chandra Shukla) + Thomas Dimuzio

8:00pm Doors / 8:30pm Performance
$15 Guests / $10 Members
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Pan Sonic's Ilpo Väisänen, Dirk Dresselhaus (Schneider TM) will weave together all sorts of electronic and electroacoustic badassery and present a unique performance of improvised music for treated electric guitar, modular synth and rhythm devices. Collectively, die Angel model a complex physicality through raw, elemental inputs, exploring a flux of reactive feedback processes and mutating, unstructured sonic states generated from crackling fusions of electronics, drums, electric guitar and field recordings warped and riddled with FX. They basically sound like Pan Sonic at their most intricate and visceral.

X A M B U C A is an international concept multimedia/music performance group consisting of sound artist Chandra Shukla (ex-Psychic TV) and Elisa Faires. X A M B U C A is an ongoing multimedia collective of a constant Chandra Shukla with help from several other trusted authorities in the past; namely RK Faulhaber, Lux Vibratus (Chrome), Dave Jones (Sturgeon Hoof), Elisa Faires, Larry Thrasher, Todd Mellors (Saifir), M.S. Waldron along with the video expertise of Jason Scott Furr. The crew has been seen if not heard sonically feeding the beast known as X A M B U C A.

Thomas Dimuzio is a musician, composer, improviser, sound designer, mastering engineer, label proprietor, and music technologist residing in San Francisco, California. Dimuzio's music is like a sonic excursion transporting the listener into other worldly aural realms. “His work has a narrative, filmic tug that will draw you into its dark corners, ears alert… brilliant and rarely less than entertaining.” (Peter Marsh, BBC) His recordings have been released internationally by ReR Megacorp, Asphodel, RRRecords, No Fun Productions, Sonoris, Drone Records, Record Label Records, Odd Size, Seeland, MonoType and other independent labels. Among his collaborators are Chris Cutler, Dan Burke, Joseph Hammer, Alan Courtis, Nick Didkovsky, Due Process, Voice of Eye, Fred Frith, David Lee Myers, Alaric, ISIS, 5uu's, Matmos, Wobbly and Negativland. Recent performances include AngelicA Festival Internazionale di Musica, San Francisco Electronic Music Festival, CCRMA at Stanford, Gray Area Buchla Festival, and Ende Tymes Festival of Experimental Art and Liberation. Dimuzio hosted KPFA’s monthly Frequency Modulation Radio featuring live on-air performances of sonic practitioners exploring the fringes of music and sound.

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A beautiful night of poetry with roving genius Cecily Nicholson along with Tongo Eisen-Martin
Jun
16
7:30 PM19:30

A beautiful night of poetry with roving genius Cecily Nicholson along with Tongo Eisen-Martin

7:30pm doors / 8pm readings
$8 entry (no one turned away for lack of funds), free for members 

Cecily Nicholson is a part of the Joint Effort prison abolitionist group and manages school and public programs at the Surrey Art Gallery, on Semiamhoo, Kwantlen and Katzie territory. She is the author of TriageFrom the Poplars, winner of the Dorothy Livesay BC Poetry Prize; and Wayside Sang, which won the Governor General's award for English language poetry in 2018.

Originally from San Francisco, Tongo Eisen-Martin is a poet, movement worker, and educator. His latest curriculum on extrajudicial killing of Black people, We Charge Genocide Again, has been used as an educational and organizing tool throughout the country. His book titled, "Someone's Dead Already" was nominated for a California Book Award. His latest book "Heaven Is All Goodbyes" was published by the City Lights Pocket Poets series, was shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize and won a California

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Claudia La Rocco: And What’s More
Jun
1
to Jun 22

Claudia La Rocco: And What’s More

Claudia La Rocco's And What’s More is a literary, performance, art, and sound project that plays with traditional audience/maker/doer relationships. The third installment of her experimental Olivia Trilogy, And What’s More developed from years of La Rocco's collaborations with artists in different fields, exploring how form and content mutate but also cohere across disciplines, and how an artist can remain true to herself while also working in service of others. For this project, rather than asking artists to explicitly interpret her creation, she brings talented individuals into her imaginings (through the book form of And What’s More) in order to create a loose conversation between and among forms, both on and off the page: "A lot of what sparks my enthusiasm here is curiosity. What would happen if...? Specific to all of the individuals is a bristly intelligence — for some this is structural, for some physical, for some linguistic, philosophical, and so on… And there isn't anything I like more than intelligence. Even (especially?) when intelligence fails, it's interesting." With characteristic humor and poetry, La Rocco invites her collaborating artists to use The Lab’s space as a "page or a performance, or something else entirely."

Events:

Sunday, June 9, 2019
Alexandra Pappas: And What’s More
6:30 p.m. doors / 7 p.m. event; free

I’m always asking Alex for research assistance, in order to make my forays into mythology a little less dilettantish. This time, I decided to cut out the middle-man (my art), or rather to let it be fodder for wherever she might like to go. At the time of this writing, here’s what I know about that wherever: It will likely involve “something about myth and myth-making, something Greco-Roman, something early Buddhist, and something(s) in gritty images.” —clr
 
Saturday, June 15, 2019
Anne Walsh with Leena Joshi: And What’s More
7:30 p.m. doors/8 p.m. performance; free

Anne just spent a bunch of years making a book into an exploded studio into a performance back into a book. For this performance, if that’s what it will be, she’s teamed up with writer, artist, and performer Leena Joshi. —clr

Saturday, June 22, 2019
Phillip Greenlief: The Known Universe for Olivia
7:30 p.m. doors/8 p.m. performance; $10-15 sliding scale

A map score for live electronics, voices and movement, The Known Universe for Olivia is organized to represent characters, places, and events found in the final installment of claudia la rocco's Olivia Trilogy. performers are allowed to enter and move freely in the open work with additional conduction cues from composer phillip greenlief.

Funding for Claudia La Rocco: And What’s More generously provided by the Kenneth Rainin Foundation.

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Legend Willie Perdomo reads from his new book “The Crazy Bunch” with Tongo Eisen-Martin
May
14
7:30 PM19:30

Legend Willie Perdomo reads from his new book “The Crazy Bunch” with Tongo Eisen-Martin

7:30-9:00pm, readings start promptly at 8pm
$8 entry (no one turned away for lack of funds), free for members

Willie Perdomo is the author of The Crazy Bunch, The Essential Hits of Shorty Bon Bon, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; Smoking Lovely, winner of the PEN Open Book Award; and Where a Nickel Costs a Dime, a finalist for the Poetry Society of America Norma Farber First Book Award. His work has appeared in The New York Times MagazinePoetryThe CommonBomb Magazine, and African Voices. He teaches at Phillips Exeter Academy.

Originally from San Francisco, Tongo Eisen-Martin is a poet, movement worker, and educator. His latest curriculum on extrajudicial killing of Black people, We Charge Genocide Again, has been used as an educational and organizing tool throughout the country. His book titled, "Someone's Dead Already" was nominated for a California Book Award. His latest book "Heaven Is All Goodbyes" was published by the City Lights Pocket Poets series, was shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize and won a California Book Award and an American Book Award.

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Sadie Barnette: The New Eagle Creek Saloon
May
11
to Jun 30

Sadie Barnette: The New Eagle Creek Saloon

Sadie Barnette’s newest installation reimagines her father’s bar – the first black-owned gay bar in San Francisco. From 1990-93 Rodney Barnette operated the New Eagle Creek Saloon, a family-run business which served a multiracial gay community marginalized by the racist profiling practices of San Francisco’s bar scene at that time.

Barnette’s installation will be activated at The Lab with a series of free events during May and early June and will culminate as a float in the SF PRIDE Parade on June 30, 2019. As part of The Lab’s artist commissioning program, Barnette will get keys to our space, the login for our website, and the option to revise every aspect of The Lab’s operations.

UPCOMING:

The New Eagle Creek Saloon will be open for viewing every Wednesday in June from 5-8pm

June 30, 10:30am: Sadie Barnette’s The New Eagle Creek Saloon gets wheels and goes to Pride!


Sadie Barnette is from Oakland, California. She earned a BFA from CalArts and an MFA from the University of California, San Diego. Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States and internationally and is in the permanent collections of museums such as LACMA, Berkeley Art Museum, the California African American Museum, the Cornell Fine Arts Museum, the Pérez Art Museum in Miami, Studio Museum in Harlem (where she was also Artist-in-Residence), Brooklyn Museum and the Guggenheim. She is the recipient of Art Matters and Artadia awards and has been featured in publications such as The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Artforum, and Vogue. She lives in Oakland, CA.  sadiebarnette.com

Sadie Barnette: The New Eagle Creek Saloon was commissioned with support from the California Arts Council, the San Francisco Arts Commission, Fort Point Beer Co., Tito’s Handmade Vodka, the members, and Board of The Lab.

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Sara Borjas’ Bay Area Book Release: Heart Like a Window, Mouth Like a Cliff
Apr
25
7:00 PM19:00

Sara Borjas’ Bay Area Book Release: Heart Like a Window, Mouth Like a Cliff

7:00 pm doors / 7:30pm show
Free

Hecha en México, Norma Liliana Valdez NORMA LILIANA VALDEZ made her way to California in her mother’s pregnant belly. She is an alumna of the VONA/Voices Writing Workshop, the Writing Program at UC Berkeley Extension, and was a 2014 Hedgebrook writer-in-residence. A member of the Macondo Writers’ Workshop and a CantoMundo fellow, her work appears in The Rumpus, Huizache, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, and the anthology Latinas: Struggles & Protests in 21st Century USA, among others. Her chapbook, Preparing the Body, is forthcoming in fall 2019 from YesYes Books.

SARA BORJAS is a Xicanx pocha and a Fresno poet. Her debut collection of poetry, Heart Like a Window, Mouth Like a Cliff was published by Noemi Press as part of the Akrilica Series in March, 2019. She co-hosts and produces “The Lovesick Poetry Podcast”—a west coast poetry podcast launching in 2019, alongside IRL cousin and award-winning poet, Joseph Rios. Sara is a 2017 CantoMundo Fellow and the recipient of the 2014 Blue Mesa Poetry Prize. Her work can be found in Ploughshares, The Rumpus, Poem-a-Day by The Academy of American Poets, and The Offing, amongst others. She lives in Los Angeles but stays rooted in Fresno. Find her @saraborhaz or at www.saraborjas.com.

MONICA SOK is a Cambodian American poet and the daughter of former refugees. She is the author of Year Zero, winner of a Poetry Society of America Chapbook Fellowship. Her work has been recognized with a "Discovery" / Boston Review Poetry Prize. Other honors include fellowships from Hedgebrook, Elizabeth George Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Kundiman, Jerome Foundation, Montalvo Arts Center, MacDowell Colony, Saltonstall Foundation, and others. Currently, Sok is a 2018-2020 Stegner Fellow at Stanford University and a Poet-in-Residence at Banteay Srei in Oakland. Her debut poetry collection A Nail the Evening Hangs On is forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press in 2020. (Photo Credit: Nicholas Nichols). 

MK CHAVEZ is the author of Mothermorphosis, and Dear Animal, (Nomadic Press.) Chavez was a recipient of a 2017 Pen Oakland Josephine Miles Award for poetry, and in the same year, her poem The New White House, Finding Myself Among the Ruins was selected by Eileen Myles for the Cosmonauts Avenue Poetry Prize. In 2018 Alley Cats Books published her lyric essay, A Brief History of the Selfie as a chapbook. She is or has been a fellow with CantoMundo, Hedgebrook, North Street Collective Resident Program; she is co-founder/curator of the reading series Lyrics & Dirges, co-director of the Berkeley Poetry Festival. Her most recent publications can be found in bags of coffee from Nomad Coffee and on Academy of American Poets, Poem-A-Day as the featured poem for December 19, 2018.

LETICIA HERNÁNDEZ-LINARES is a poet, interdisciplinary artist, and author of Mucha Muchacha, Too Much Girl.  Widely published, she is also the co-editor of The Wandering Song: Central American Writing in the United States.  A recipient of four San Francisco Arts Commission Individual Artist grants, she has lived and made art in the Mission District of San Francisco for over two decades. She is a long time educator and community worker and teaches in the College of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University. Visit her: joinleticia.com   

Originally from San Francisco, TONGO EISEN-MARTIN is a poet, movement worker, and educator. His latest curriculum on extrajudicial killing of Black people, We Charge Genocide Again, has been used as an educational and organizing tool throughout the country. His book titled, "Someone's Dead Already" was nominated for a California Book Award. His latest book "Heaven Is All Goodbyes" was published by the City Lights Pocket Poets series, was shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize and won a California Book Award and an American Book Award.

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Darius James and Val Jeanty
Apr
19
7:00 PM19:00

Darius James and Val Jeanty

7:00 pm doors / 7:30pm show
Free admission
Presented in collaboration with The Poetry Center and supported by the Walter & Elise Haas Fund 

Darius James (author of Negrophobia: An Urban Parable and That’s Blaxploitation!; writer and on-screen narrator in documentary film The United States of Hoodoo) joins with Haitian electronic music composer/percussionist/turntablist Val Jeanty (aka Val-Inc) for the West Coast premier of their collaborative performance project.

“Our work is Spiritual so it will take on a form and name as we progress.” Val Jeanty

“Val and I agreed early on it was much more important to develop the work before we gave a name to our project. Though we have been working on this for a few years, only recently have we begun defining what it is. The only thing we knew, it was spoken-word married to ritual drumming and it was based in an authentic expression of Voodoo. Voodoo is very simple. It is spirit and the interaction with spirits. Voodoo has a bad rep because 1) the French are embarrassed they lost the jewel of their colonial empire to ‘ignorant savages’ (see: Hayti: Or, the Black Republic); 2) An alcoholic journalist in the late ’20s kickstarting present-day disinformation (see: The Magic Island by Wm. Seabrook). The truth is its spiritual reality and beauty is no different from Hinduism or Tibetan Buddhism (it just might take a dead chicken or two to get there). What Val and I have observed is that the loa are readapting and changing (the old cycle of death and rebirth of the gods). We reflect that change.” Darius James

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Damon & Naomi
Apr
17
8:30 PM20:30

Damon & Naomi

8:30pm doors / 9:00pm show
$15 general admission / $10 members
Tickets available at the door

Damon & Naomi’s 21st century songs may be a bit more musically complex than their albums made for Sub Pop in the 1990s, or their recordings with Galaxie 500 in the 1980s, but as journalists (and twin sisters) Jenn and Liz Pelly point out in collaborative liner notes that accompany this release, there are strong continuities with the mood of those earlier albums. “In their acoustic dream pop, inspired by poised English folk, I hear composure and also intensity; delicacy and also rigor; a hushed quality as well as strength, which is to say stoicism. I hear grace and what makes grace so emotionally necessary. Theirs are magic-hour songs, pushing the dualities of our emotional lives into stark relief,” says Jenn.

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Universal Eyes (Wolf Eyes with Gretchen Gonzales & Aaron Dilloway) and Red Culebra (Guillermo Galindo & Cristóbal Martínez)
Apr
6
8:00 PM20:00

Universal Eyes (Wolf Eyes with Gretchen Gonzales & Aaron Dilloway) and Red Culebra (Guillermo Galindo & Cristóbal Martínez)

$15 general admission / $10 members
Doors 8pm / Show 9pm
Reserve seats: member login or guest registration

UNIVERSAL EYES is the culmination of UNIVERSAL INDIANS and WOLF EYES. UNIVERSAL INDIANS started in Lansing Michigan in the early shadows of the 90’s, with Gretchen Gonzales (now Gonzales Davidson), Bryan Ramirez, & Johnny “Inzane” Olson. After moving to the Detroit area in the late 90’s, Rammer was replaced by Aaron Dilloway, who along with Nathan Young were already in the throes of primitive electronic global domination that is WOLF EYES. Around the dawn of the 2000’s, Gretchen went full time with the moody & cold stylings of SLUMBER PARTY and after a wild Bowling Green Ohio gig, Olson joined WOLF EYES full time. After some drama that would make even Fleetwood Mac disappear into the shadows of suburbia and toss their EQ into a lonely fire, UNIVERSAL INDIANS appeared to have fate / faded into the packed history book pages of Michigan musical lore. As age and time seem to dust over wounds while magically healing them, the quartet met again in the northern suburbs of Detroit on a brisk spring Sunday in 2018. They hauled modern and ancient instruments into a home studio and just like that: the dream / nightmare had hot blood pumping thru its’ duct-taped sound body once again, as if the missing years were nothing but a minute hurdle. The kings and queen of noise were reunited.

RED CULEBRA is a Moog duet and collaboration of Bay Area electronic musicians and performance artists led by gal*in_dog aka Guillermo Galindo and Cristóbal Martínez. Accelerations across all vectors of society, warfare, and capitalism evoke a byproduct ritual of sexual and sonic violence that lays unresponsive to new age fetishes, magical realism, and the parochial moralities of American politics. Inspired by their complicated Post-Mexican backgrounds, Galindo and Martínez create and perform rituals based on cycles of repetition and uniformity. The sonic, graphic, and repetitive nature of their work requires both endurance and determination from their audiences, while denying participating publics the opportunity to fetishize ceremony. Red Culebra’s performance art includes sound invocations, moving images, and movement by performers. This ceremony is monotony sustained by pragmatism and our baser instincts, a public gathering for acknowledging human ferocity — a self-implicating metaphor for our enduring and determined appetite.

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Russell Haswell + Pita
Mar
30
10:00 PM22:00

Russell Haswell + Pita

$20 general admission / $12 members
10pm Doors / 10:30pm Sound
Reserve seats: member login or guest registration

Russell Haswell is a restlessly forward-thinking, genre-defying artist, performer and curator born in Coventry and currently based in London, England. With a background steeped in conceptual art, computer music, black metal, noise, techno, laser-graphics, free-stye and solo improvisation, his practice is renowned for broaching the extremities of visual and sonic arts.

Pita is the pseudonym of Editions Mego founder Peter Rehberg. Born in London Rehberg has resided in Vienna for term his adult life. It was here in the early 90’s that Rehberg harnessed aspects of noise, industrial, electro-acoustic and techno to develop a new approach to music. Whether constructing an album entirely from the recordings of a fridge or harnessing the live electronic potential of laptops soon after they hit the market Pita has always been at the forefront of contemporary radical music practice often paving the way for many to follow. Birthing the extreme computer music genre, scoring the works of controversial French theatre director Gisele Vienne, ongoing collaborations with Jim O’Rourke, Fennesz, Marcus Schmickler and Stephen O’Malley all define Rehberg’s open ended approach to the creative act. As head of the influential Editions Mego family of labels, he has released albums by renowned artists like Fennesz, Heather Leigh, Klara Lewis, Kevin Drumm, Thomas Brinkmann, Florian Hecker, Bernard Parmegiani, Russell Haswell, KTL, Iannis Xenakis, Oren Ambarchi, Bill Orcutt, Mark Fell and many more. “One of the most perceptive and mercurial sound artists at work today.” – Nick Cain, The Wire.

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Kukangendai
Mar
23
8:30 PM20:30

Kukangendai

8:30pm doors / 9pm show
$15 general admission / $10 members
Reserve seats: member login or guest registration

This marks Japanese three-piece band Kukangendai's first appearance in U.S. In spring of 2019, the band's new album will be released from Ideologic Organ curated by Stephen O'Malley from SUNN O))). http://editionsmego.com/release/SOMA032

Kukangendai was founded in 2006 with Junya Noguchi on guitar and vocals, Keisuke Koyano on bass guitar, and Hideaki Yamada on drums. Performing as a three-piece, its tracks are made through a process of editing and replicating deliberate error.

This music creates a sense of distortion and places a burden on the performers, leading to their characteristically stoic and humorous live shows. In recent years, the band has attempted to construct and implement a form of live concert in which they go back and forth between playing multiple simultaneous songs in parallel, but the flow of time as a whole manifests as a single unified rhythm.

In 2016, Kukangendai opened a venue-cum-studio "Soto" in Kyoto. In November 2018, they released a LP "ZURERU" in collaboration with Ryuichi Sakamoto.

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Suzanne Stein reading for Claudia La Rocco: And What’s More
Mar
20
6:30 PM18:30

Suzanne Stein reading for Claudia La Rocco: And What’s More

Reading starts promptly at 7pm
Free

"What is it to construct the time-based artistic creation that is a book-length work, while dealing with the minute-by-minute concerns and distractions of a day job? Suzanne Stein’s book-length poem New Sutras was written during the eight years that mark her tenure as founding editor-in-chief of SFMOMA’s Open Space; the same day job I have had while writing And What’s More. You could say the two books have nothing in common, and on one level that’s true. But that isn’t the level that interests me at all." – Claudia La Rocco

Suzanne Stein’s poetry publications and performance documents include The Kim GameTOUT VA BIEN, and Passenger Ship; her book-length poem New Sutras is forthcoming this spring. With the poet Steve Benson, she is the author of DO YOUR OWN DAMN LAUNDRY, just released from Gauss PDF, which collects the 36 improvisational dialogues they performed together between 2011 and 2012. Writing has appeared recently in The Best American Experimental Writing, Elderly, and Open Space; performance recordings are archived at PennSound. Suzanne was the founding editor, and for eight years editor-in-chief, of Open Space, SFMOMA'S hybrid art and language platform and publication. In the mid-90s she was the co-director and film curator of a little San Francisco gallery called {four walls. After thirty years in the Bay Area, she now lives in San Diego, CA.

Commissioned Project
Claudia La Rocco: And What’s More
June 1–June 30, 2019 

Claudia La Rocco's And What’s More is a literary, performance, art, and sound project that refuses traditional audience/maker/doer relationships. The third in her experimental Olivia Trilogy, And What’s More developed from years of La Rocco's collaborations with artists in different fields, exploring how form and content mutate but also cohere across disciplines, and how an artist can remain true to herself while working in service of others. For this project, rather than asking artists to explicitly interpret her creation, she brings talented individuals into her fictitious imaginings (through the book form of And What’s More) in order to create a loose conversation between and among forms, both on and off the page: "A lot of what sparks my enthusiasm here is curiosity. What would happen if...? Specific to all of the individuals is a bristly intelligence — for some this is structural, for some physical, for some linguistic, philosophical, and so on… And there isn't anything I like more than intelligence. Even when intelligence fails, it's interesting." With characteristic humor and poetry, La Rocco invites her collaborating artists to use The Lab’s space as a "page or a performance, or something else entirely."

Claudia La Rocco is a writer whose work frequently revolves around interdisciplinary performances and projects. She is the author of The Best Most Useless Dress (Badlands Unlimited, 2014) and the chapbook I am trying to do the assignment ([2nd Floor Projects], 2018). The first two installments of The Olivia Trilogy, petit cadeau and Interstitial, were published in print, performance, and digital editions by The Chocolate Factory in 2015 and Michelle Ellsworth’s Man Pant Publishing imprint in 2016; the final book is forthcoming from The Lab. La Rocco’s duo with musician/composer Phillip Greenlief, animals & giraffes, has released the albums July (with various musicians; Edgetone Records, 2017) and Landlocked Beach (with Wobbly; Creative Sources, 2018). Her poetry and prose have been published in numerous anthologies and she has bylines in such publications as Artforum, BOMB, and The New York Times, where she was an arts critic and reporter from 2005-2015. She has received grants and residencies from such organizations as the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation, and Headlands Center for the Arts, and her work has been presented by The Walker Art Center, The Kitchen, The Whitney Museum of American Art, et al.

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Light Field
Mar
15
to Mar 17

Light Field

$6 - 10 sliding scale tickets for each program available at the door
Festival Pass: $50 General / $30 Members
Login or Register to reserve a pass

NOTE FOR SUNDAY PROGRAM: In celebration of the late Barbara Hammer, Light Field, in collaboration with Canyon Cinema has added an additional short program to Sunday's lineup. We'll be screening her films Superdyke and Pools - free and open to the public, 6PM at The Lab! Please note that we've also shifted the schedule for Programs 6 and 7 - instead of 5PM and 8PM, these programs will now be screening at 7PM and 9PM respectively

Light Field is an international exhibition of recent and historical moving image art on celluloid, held in the San Francisco Bay Area. It is artist-run and collectively organized by Samuel Breslin, Emily Chao, Zachary Epcar, Trisha Low, tooth, and Syd Staiti.

Light Field 2019 features the work of: Stephanie Barber, JJ Murphy, Nazlı Dinçel, Alee Peoples, Anja Dornieden and Juan David González Monroy, Kioto Aoki, Malic Amalya, Greta Snider, Wenhua Shi, Sofia Canales, Sílvia das Fadas (née Sílvia Salgueiro), Cauleen Smith, Guillaume Vallée , Lyra Hill, George Kuchar, Eva Kolcze, Sandra Davis, Ernie Gehr, Emmanuelle Nègre, Deborah Stratman, James Edmonds, Rose Lowder, Rob Daglish, Philip Hoffman, Meganelizabeth Diamond, Karissa Hahn, Alexander Stewart, Simon Liu, Ross Meckfessel, Lucy Kerr, Andrew Busti, Steve Polta, Eric Stewart, Josh Lewis, Adriana Vila Guevara, Amy Halpern, Henry Hills, Annalisa D. Quagliata, Aldo Tambellini, Esther Urlus, Lily Jue Sheng, Bill Brand, Paul Sharits, Richard Tuohy and Dianna Barrie

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David Grubbs "Now that the audience is assembled" & John McEntire
Mar
14
7:30 PM19:30

David Grubbs "Now that the audience is assembled" & John McEntire

7:30pm doors / 8pm show
$15 general admission / Free for members
Reserve seats: member login or guest registration

Now that the audience is assembled is a book-length prose poem that describes a fictional musical performance during which an unnamed musician improvises the construction of a series of invented instruments before an audience that is alternately contemplative, participatory, disputatious, and asleep. Over the course of this phantasmagorical all-night concert, repeated interruptions take the form of in-depth discussions and musical demonstrations. Both a work of literature and a study of music, Now that the audience is assembled explores the categories of improvised music, solo performance, text scores, instrument building, aesthetic deskilling and reskilling, and the odd fate of the composer in experimental music.

David Grubbs is Professor of Music at Brooklyn College and The Graduate Center, City University of New York, and author of Records Ruin the Landscape: John Cage, the Sixties, and Sound Recording, also published by Duke University Press. As a musician, he has released fourteen solo albums and appeared on more than 180 commercially released recordings. Grubbs is known for his cross-disciplinary collaborations with poet Susan Howe and visual artists Angela Bulloch and Anthony McCall, and his work has been presented at the Museum of Modern Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Tate Modern, and the Centre Pompidou. Grubbs was a founding member of the groups Gastr del Sol, Bastro and Squirrel Bait, and has appeared on recordings by Tony Conrad, Pauline Oliveros, Will Oldham, and Matmos, among other artists. Grubbs has written for The Wire, BOMB, Bookforum, and the Süddeutsche Zeitung.

Drummer/percussionist; recording engineer/producer/mixer John McEntire is founding and current member of Tortoise and The Sea & Cake; former contributing/touring member of Red Krayola and Gastr Del Sol. Extensive international touring with these groups and many others. Recording/re/mixing projects include work with: Modest Mouse, Yo La Tengo, Broken Social Scene, Stereolab, Teenage Fanclub, Jaga Jazzist, The High Llamas, The Fiery Furnaces, Spoon, Blur, and hundreds more. As a member of Tortoise, numerous collaborations with artists such as Tom Zé, Daniel Lanois, Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Cluster, The Ex, Fred Anderson, Colin Newman, and Mouse On Mars. McEntire is the owner/operator of Soma Electronic Music Studios in Chicago, IL (1995-2017) and Nevada City, CA (2017-present).

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Between Beauty & Horror: Performance & Book Release
Mar
8
7:30 PM19:30

Between Beauty & Horror: Performance & Book Release

7:30pm doors / 8pm performance
Free admission

*In the spirit of generosity, all who attend will receive a book for free.

Join artist, Leila Weefur and art critic, Elena Gross for a lecture-performance and book release in conjunction with Weefur’s solo exhibition Between Beauty & Horror at Aggregate Space Gallery. The book, published by Sming Sming Books & Objects, is an extension of the installation and features essays from Weefur & Gross.

Between Beauty & Horror is a video installation exploring the symbiotic nature of beauty and horror. The film’s poetic narrative explores this particular duality as an intrinsic part of the Black experience. It posits abjection, violence, and eroticism as the ingredients that make up the “between” and are considered to be the binding agents of Beauty & Horror. Visit the exhibition at Aggregate Space Gallery, 801 W. Grand Ave. Oakland, from February 15 – March 23, 2019. Opening reception, February 15, 6-10pm.

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Princess: Out There
Mar
6
8:00 PM20:00

Princess: Out There

8:00pm Doors / 8:30pm Performance
$15 Guests / Free for members
Reserve seats: member login or guest registration
Note: Please dress warmly – The Lab does not have heat

Out There (2019; 4K video, live performance; 55:20min) is a concept video album and live performance piece by the band Princess. It explores the role men ought to be playing during the current cultural reckoning of misogyny. The video’s science fiction narrative explores the power of the Divine Feminine through collaborations with JD Samson, visual artist Jennifer Meridian, and the band TEEN.  Out There references the original power of MTV and builds on the long legacy of concept albums like Ziggy Stardust and Deltron 3030

Princess is a performance art duo, a collaboration between Alexis Gideon and Michael O’Neill that uses music as the backbone of a multi-disciplinary practice. Princess explores queerness and the concept of masculinity. Simultaneously gay, straight, queer, masculine and feminine, Princess embodies the fluidity and coherence between the seemingly contradictory. Princess was formed in 2004 in the Chicago DIY Performance space Texas Ballroom.  The duo released a self-titled LP and performed until 2006 when they went on to pursue other paths, reuniting for this project in 2017. bandofprincess.com

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Jibz Cameron/Dynasty Handbag: Artist - Show Thyself! Workshop
Feb
24
1:00 PM13:00

Jibz Cameron/Dynasty Handbag: Artist - Show Thyself! Workshop

1-4pm Workshop
$40 Guests / $30 Members
Member Login
Guest Registration

Many creative people have a hard time getting “out there” and being seen as the brilliant makers that we are. In this workshop, we’ll work through some of the roots of these false narratives that help keep us hidden-untangling what get's us stuck and staying stuck, what inspires us and what our biggest fears around art making are.

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Dynasty Handbag: Shell of a Woman & Cliff Hengst
Feb
23
8:00 PM20:00

Dynasty Handbag: Shell of a Woman & Cliff Hengst

8pm Doors / 8:30pm Show
$25 Guests / $15 for Members
SOLD OUT – a limited amount of standing room tickets will be made available after 8:45pm

Shell of a Woman is "crackpot genius" Dynasty Handbag's expert powerpoint lecture on the "10 Greatest Works Of Art" according to the internet.  Professor Bags will "explain" (make up lies) about the work's origins which naturally devolve into semi-autobiographical/insane narratives peppered with songs, dance numbers and psychedelic inner monologuing. 

Cliff Hengst is an artist and performer, with a BFA from SFAI and current teaching position in the SFAI grad program. Hengst’s "Mr. Akita," a one-man play written and directed by Asher Hartman, was recently performed at the Berkeley Art Museum. He has exhibited his work at SFMOMA, Southern Exposure, The San Francisco Arts Commission and Gallery 16 in San Francisco. Hengst has performed and exhibited at Hauser & Wirth, Machine Project in Los Angeles and The Tang Museum at Skidmore College in New York, and most recently at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia.

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Lucrecia Dalt & Aaron Dilloway
Feb
22
8:30 PM20:30

Lucrecia Dalt & Aaron Dilloway

Friday, February 22, 2019
8:30pm doors / 9pm show
$15 general admission / $10 members
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The name Lucrecia Dalt may recall her past five albums (her last, Ou, on Care Of Editions), or her previous collaborations with Laurel Halo, or Julia Holter. Her sixth album, and first venture on RVNG Intl, Anticlines, is a volume of bodily and geological substrates within poetic theory and sound. It explores the boundaries and limitations of human consciousness.

Dalt, A former geotechnical engineer from Colombia (now residing in Berlin), crafted the lyrics and music of Anticlines with great concern for boundaries and edges. Paying careful attention to pace, breath, and texture, Dalt microtonally shifts the distance between speech and song while using traditional South American rhythms to support her contemporary electronic composition. The album’s poetic lyrics were written collaboratively between Dalt and Henry Andersen during a weekend in Brussels, Belgium.

Interspersed with the lyrical pieces of Anticlines are instrumental interstitials that demonstrate preceding concepts — as if to say, “this is what antiforms sound like, and this is what the universe’s indifference sounds like.” Dalt’s ongoing experiments with visual artist Regina de Miguel support these ideas, their practice allowing the objects of their attention to slip in and out of being."

Aaron Dilloway is an experimental musician born in 1976. He is an improvisor and composer originally from Brighton, Michigan who works with the manipulation of 8-Track tape loops in combination with voice, tape delays and various organic and electronic sound sources. A founding member of the industrial noise group Wolf Eyes, Dilloway now resides in Oberlin, OH where he runs Hanson Records and Mailorder.

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Soul Rebels: A Celebration of word and fire with Cathy Arellano, Norman Zelaya, and Tongo Eisen-Martin
Feb
18
7:30 PM19:30

Soul Rebels: A Celebration of word and fire with Cathy Arellano, Norman Zelaya, and Tongo Eisen-Martin

Monday February 18, 2019
7:30-9:00pm, readings start promptly at 8pm
$8 entry (no one turned away for lack of funds), free for members
Note: Please dress warmly – The Lab does not have heat

Cathy Arellano is just another Mexican writer from San Francisco. In 2017 Kórima Press published Arellano’s I Love My Women, Sometimes They Love Me — her collection of broken hearted lesbian love poems — and in 2016 Salvation on Mission Street — her memoir about growing up brown and coming out queer, loving and losing too many too-young family members in poems and stories set in the Mission from the 1960s to the 2000s. Salvation won the 2017 Golden Crown Literary Society’s Debut Author Award.

Norman Antonio Zelaya was born and raised in San Francisco, CA. He has published stories in ZYZZYVA, NY Tyrant, 14 Hills, Cipactli, Apogee Journal, among others, and he was a 2015 Zoetrope: All-Story finalist. He is a founding member of Los Delicados, and has performed extensively throughout the US with them. Zelaya has appeared on stage, in film and in the squared circle as luchador, Super Pulga. In 2017, he published his first book, Orlando & Other Stories. Currently, he is working on new material for his second book, a novel. He lives and works in the Mission District, San Francisco.

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Zaïmph & Kaori Suzuki
Feb
15
8:00 PM20:00

Zaïmph & Kaori Suzuki

8:00pm Doors / 8:30pm Performance
$15 Guests / Free for members
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Zaïmph is the solo project of artist, musician and performer Marcia Bassett. Working in areas of sound, improvisation, live composition and visual creations, Bassett's work is equal parts trance and critique. Her sound pieces thread the needle between the conceptual and the sensual, between ritual invocation and cold semiotic gaze. Using handmade electronic instruments, prepared guitar, digital and analog synthesizers, manipulated vocals, field recordings and tape explorations, Bassett deftly wields philosophical systems to produce heady, experiential clouds; pushing through drones into provocative soundscapes – the intangible narratives of dreams.  http://zaimph.org

Kaori Suzuki is a Tokyo-born music maker/composer living in Oakland, CA.  Her solo music involves electroacoustic sound technologies, intensely high register electronics, various instruments and tape, seeking to create heightened listening states.  She plays drums in the Oakland based Minimalist psych-punk group, Night Collectors, and collaborates with partner, John Krausbauer, on voice, amplified strings, bells, and immersive light/sound happenings.  For this evening she will be joined by musician Amelia Coulter (Seattle) on alto trombone. http://www.secondeditions.org/catalog/004

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