Sudden Infant and Special Guests at The Lab

23five, Inc. and swissnex San Francisco present a night of experimental music performances by Swiss industrial music pioneer Sudden Infant, with special guests Horaflora, Tralphaz, and R. Jencks.

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The Lab
2948 16th Street, San Francisco, California United States


February 01, 2010 from 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm America/Los Angeles (UTC-07:00)

swissnex San Francisco continues its explorations of technology in artistic performance by once again teaming up with 23five, Inc. A year ago, swissnex and 23five celebrated the release of Jason Kahn’s CD Vanishing Point. Now, the two organizations present confrontational sound and performance artist Joke Lanz, aka Sudden Infant. Bay Area artists Horaflora, Tralphaz, and R. Jencks complete the bill at noted art space The Lab in San Francisco’s Mission District.


8:00pm Doors open

8:30pm Concert starts

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Sudden Infant is Joke Lanz’s longest-running project. Its inception in 1989 was borne out of Lanz’s drive to combine sound art and performance into one visceral whole. By doing so, his performances frequently bring forth elements and influences from Dada, actionism, Fluxus, noise, punk, as well as some of industrial music’s most trenchant performers.

A Sudden Infant performance is often anchored by two main characteristics: the use of minimal electronic equipment on one side, and a strong focus on the human body on the other. Sudden Infant is a vehicle for Lanz to run acoustic and psychic elements to their end by focusing on the bare essentials. He establishes an extremely tense aesthetic and tears down preconceived barriers between noise, performance, improvisation, and electronic music.


Tralphaz is an electronic sound artist from San Francisco. He suffers from a permanent fracture in his frontal skull, an injury he had sustained since childhood when he rode a Mickey Mouse tricycle through
a glass door. He has recorded for labels such as Troniks, RRRecords, Throat, and Harsh Noise, and has toured the U.S., Switzerland, and Japan.


R. Jencks is a Bay Area artist whose work utilizes modified electronics, voice, and physicality augmented by visual installations to manipulate the environment and the senses. Over the years Jenks has curated or performed in hundreds of events all over the United States, Europe, and Scandinavia. The last decade has seen him perform tirelessly under the moniker SIXES as well as under more than half a dozen other guises, not to mention collaborations with John Wiese, Scott Arford, Wolf Eyes, and numerous others.


Horaflora (Raub Roy) has performed and recorded experimental music in a variety of solos, duos, trios, etc since 2001. An Akai sampler was his instrument of choice until 2007, when a shift in focus led him towards prepared and extended acoustic instruments, as well as electro-acoustic methods of sound manipulation and diffusion.


Photo: Myleen Hollero

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