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Lau Nau with Dire Wolves and Paul Clipson

7:30pm Doors / 8pm Music
$15 General Admission / Free for Members of The Lab
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Laura Naukkarinen, (born 1980) is a singer-songwriter and musician from Helsinki. She is also a member of free improv and psych folk bands Kiila, Päivänsäde, the Anaksimandros, Avarus, Maailma, and the trio Hertta Lussu Ässä formed by fellow acid folk singer-songwriters Islaja and Kuupuu. Her sound has been likened to the cooing of doves. She's credited as playing anything from "colorful juice glasses" and "witch laugh megaphone" to "beer cans". This will be Lau Nau's first San Francisco show in 6 years - she will be joined onstage by members of Dire Wolves who will also open the show. Both sets will feature live film work from Paul Clipson.

Lau Nau's songs are imbued with a cinematic breadth of vision and her idiosyncratic, finely honed soundworld builds on fragile, spectral otherness. Her fourth album ”HEM. Någonstans” (Fonal records 2015) takes us to the fleeting borderline between contemporary classical and experimental music. Lau Nau’s first solo albums were released in the US (Locust music 2005 & 2008) and she has been touring ever since. Lau Nau has opened for Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Lee Ranaldo and played dates in New York and San Francisco, Super Deluxe in Tokyo, and Shanghai Expo in China. The debut album, ‘Kuutarha’, won acclaim from the likes of Pitchfork and Dusted, with The Wire naming the LP in their top 50 albums of 2005, and citing her Philadelphia show of that year amongst “60 concerts that shook the world”. Lau Nau’s third album ‘Valohiukkanen’ (Fonal records 2012), was nominated for a series of prestigious music prizes in Finland like the Teosto prize.  During the past years, Naukkarinen has been composing music for films, theatre, dance and sound installations. She accompanies silent films live and composes music for feature films. Her original music score for Jan Forsström’s feature film ”Princess of Egypt” was nominated for the Jussi movie prize in Finland 2014.

Dire Wolves (San Francisco) were manifested in 2008 by Jeffrey Alexander (Black Forest/Black Sea, Jackie-O Motherfucker, Avarus (Finland), Kemialliset Ystävät (Finland), Es (Finland), The Iditarod) to explore the thick freerock krausen borne of a deep history of electronic folk experimentation. Joined by travelers from Fever Witch, Caroliner and Faun Fables, The Dire Wolves Absolutely Perfect Brothers Band brew an overblown kosmische folk improv, "splicing the DNA of MV & EE, Pharoah Sanders and Sonic Youth, honing in on the heavy kraut psych of early 70s Amon Duul II, in a way that neatly bridges the gap between Burnt Hills' profound freeform primitivism and Desmadrados Soldados de Ventura's enlightened groove-locked chaos" (Psi Lab).

Paul Clipson is a San Francisco-based filmmaker and experimental film artist whose work involves projected installation and live collaborative performances with sound artists and musicians. His largely improvised, in-camera-edited films bring to light subconscious preoccupations and unexpected visual forms. His works have been exhibited and performed both nationally and internationally at such festivals as the New York Film Festival, Edinburgh Film Festival, and the Rotterdam International Film Festival.