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Indexical is a composer-run group facilitating the long-term development of projects in close collaboration with artists. We focus on new chamber and experimental music, with a particular interest in music that lies outside of the aesthetic boundaries of major musical institutions. We are based in Santa Cruz, California, working with artists around the world, producing events across the San Francisco Bay Area and New York City.

We work closely with a handful of artists and composers to develop projects and new ideas over the course of many performances. This has included collaborations with artists such as Happy Valley Band, String Noise, Ghost Ensemble, Séverine Ballon, RAGE THORMBONES & Zachary James Watkins, Ma’ayan Tsadka, Laura Steenberge & K.C.M. Walker, and frequently includes those of us running Indexical.

We have presented concerts and performances since 2011, beginning at Willow Place Auditorium in Brooklyn, and now in various locations in Santa Cruz. These performances often become large-scale studio projects, released on our in-house record label. In addition to studio recordings, we release many live recordings, videos, and live-in-studio performances through our subscription series The Essential Indexical.

In all releases and projects, we are interested in fitting the format of the project to the work, whether that entails a concert, lecture, publication, or custom bug-killing machine.

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Carolyn Chen & Pauline Gloss

Carolyn Chen‘s This is a Scream takes the rawest of emotions and transforms it into a constructed performance in a way that highlights its own artificiality....

1/19 8pm
Colin Tucker

Composer Colin Tucker will transform Radius Gallery into an immersive sound and light installation, in which he will present a concert-length sensory...

1/26 5pm
Micro-diamond: A House of Gratitude by Natacha Diels, Sam Scranton, and Zach Moore

Natacha Diels, Sam Scranton, & Zach Moore’s Micro-diamond: A House of Gratitude invites the visitor to experience every passing millisecond as a weighty and...

2/1 8pm
Manfred Werder: 20160 and 20170

Swiss composer Manfred Werder, with musicians Teodora Stepancic, Assaf Gidron, and Mustafa Walker, will engage in performances of his ongoing works 20160 and...

2/8 8pm

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