Just announced: May 31 Showga feat. Nathan Blaz

We are pleased to announce Nathan Blaz as our musical guest for Showga on May 31, 2017! Nathan Blaz is a cellist and composer based in Oakland, CA. He studied cello and music synthesis at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. In 2006, he moved to the San Francisco Bay Area, where he became a founding member of the indie rock band Geographer. He recorded and toured with the band for eight years. In 2013, he formed systemritual, an experimental dance/minimal synth duo with video artist Elia Vargas. The project constructs improvisational performances using analog modular synthesizers, samplers, and drum machines, with live visualizations and processing. Nathan's improvised solo performances explore the relationship between psychoacoustics, rhythm and tonality.

Spring 2017 — Protoghost & Friends

"Protoghost: enter an alternative thermal landscape with multimedia artist Jon Hrabko, without the accepted distances between objects, between horizons. The colors are different here. The vibrations. A charged atmosphere awaits, where sparks flash midair in a call and response of incandescence. The black clouds hum and strike with voltage. The solar wind purrs through matter. Dust feels the radiation drag. The transistance calls for you to join.

Each showga performance will include different surprise collaborators."


Spring 2017 — Golden Gram

Golden Graham (aka Graham LeBron) is an American musician, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and film composer from Oakland, CA.

Putting his music degree from Rice University to work, since 2010, he has composed music for film, commercials and online spots, among  his clients are Square, Levi's, Asana, NearFuture and Ikea. He is represented by Portland music agency, Marmoset.

A multi-instrumentalist formerly of Rogue Wave, Port O'Brien and The Album Leaf, he is also an accomplished DJ and recording engineer. In 2013, he scored the independent feature length film, I'm obsessed with you (but you've got to leave me alone). The film debuted at the Sonoma Independent Film Festival in April 2014.

He is currently at work on several recording projects for his record label, Outer Sound, including the third Golden Gram album. He plays drums with Outer Embassy (members of Daring Ear, Extra Classic) and is a touring member of Easysound Recording Artist and Fruit Bats.


Spring 2017 — Cellista

Cellista is an acclaimed American cellist and artistic director. She is known for collaborating with artists across various media, as well as producing and playing live performances in unconventional spaces that incorporate elements of classical music, theater, improvisation and visual art across a range of genres including pop, hip-hop, classical and more. These performances often feature a carbon fiber cello and loop station.


Spring 2017 — Brian Tester

Brian Tester has been involved in music and art-focused work and collaboration since the late 1990s, first in Minneapolis, MN, and since 2003 in Oakland, CA. He brings a focus on sonic detail, left field allusion, technologic fluidity, and an intuitive grasp of improvisation to each musical project in which he has participated. Besides solo appearances, he has performed in a wide assortment of groups and projects, including Spaceburn, Soft Shells, Hits, Ruby Pins, Triangle, Axolotl, Jealousy, WOE, and others. He has engineered, mixed, or mastered a surprising variety of Bay Area and Midwest music.