Featuring: Pedestrian Deposit, Acre, Brandon Nickell, Work/Death, and Infinite Body

Friday, October 30, 9 pm

$8 admission or FREE with membership

23five and swissnex San Francisco present a night of experimental music with Sudden Infant and special guests

With the support of the Swiss Arts Council, Pro Helvetia 

Sunday, January 31, 2010
8:30 pm, doors open at 8:00 pm

$8-$15 sliding scale admission at the door or FREE with membership
sudden infant

Sudden Infant is Joke Lanz’s longest-running project. Its inception in 1989 was borne out of Lanz’s urgent 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 and punk, as well as some of industrial music’s most trenchant performers.

A Sudden Infant performance will typically be anchored by two main characteristics: the use of minimal electronic equipment on one side, on the other a strong focus on the human body, its reduced essence and the sound worlds it contains and spews forth. Sudden Infant is a vehicle for Lanz to run acoustic and psychic elements to their end by focusing on their bare essentials. Thus doing, he establishes an extremely tense aesthetic of performance, and tears down any preconceived barriers between noise, performance, improvisation and electronic music.


R. Jencks (b. 1973) is a Bay Area aktionist, alchemist and provocateur, ceaselessly pushing thresholds in all media since the late 80s. His focus utilizes modified electronics, voice and physicality, augmented by visual installation to manipulate environment and the senses. This unyielding research continues to elude classification, except a singular agenda to exploit instinct, technology and ultimately execute the most insidiously visceral form of sound and presentation possible.  

Over the years Jencks has curated amidst performing hundreds of non-traditional events within warehouses, squats, galleries, and off the radar spaces all over the United States, Europe and Scandinavia. During the early 90s in San Diego co-founds PURE Studios while active with rhythm & noise assault outfit Crash Worship and operating solo. Since, the last decade has seen a tireless schedule under the moniker SIXES, producing over 50 releases on all formats including his own imprint, co-founded, tours and additionally recording as Deathroes, Man Slaughter, Summons, Preyers. Not to mention collaborations with John Wiese, Scott Arford, Jason Crumer, Dave Ed, Carrion, PHT, Wolf Eyes and numerous others. He's also founder of speak-easy music venue TERMINAL, hosting countless events for international multi-disciplinary touring artists deep in the heart of East Oakland.

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

Horaflora / Raub Roy has performed and recorded experimental music in a variety of solos, duos, trios, etc since 2001, upon acquiring an Akai sampler, which 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.

23five Incorporated is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the development and increased awareness of sound works in the public arena, and to the support and education of artists working with and discussing the medium of sound. Sound works are defined as artistic endeavors primarily concerned with the use of sound, but fall outside of what is normally considered "music." This includes but is not limited to: recordings, radio transmissions, performances, installations, sound sculpture, site specific public art, and new media arts.

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