Alex Govan

Alexander Govan is a musician both from and currently based out of Northern California. An alumnus of the Monterey Jazz Festival’s High School All-Star Band, The Stanford Jazz Workshop as well as Berklee College of Music, he is currently the lead guitarist and synth wizard for Bay Area Psych-Pop group, Kid Mystic. A longtime educator,…

John Malkin

John Malkin is a musician and journalist known for his improvisational journeys on piano and percussion. John has performed with modern dance groups and created music for many choreographers including Mel Wong, Frey Faust, Tandy Beal and Nita Little. John performs solo piano concerts internationally and has performed with a variety of groups. For fifteen…

Darin Schaffer

Thus, tapping the bass becomes the drum part. Controlling the digital recorder with foot pedals, Darin stacks multiple sounds and chord progressions. Over the course of his set, it becomes increasingly hard to believe just one player can make this much music. https://soundcloud.com/darin-schaffer

Katie Martin

Performing across the Southeast since 2006, Katie Martin’s unique blend of blues, folk, and soul mesmerizes audiences in a way that has to be seen to understand. Her agelessly soulful vocals soar effortlessly above a rich propulsion of acoustic blues guitar reminiscent of Muddy Waters combined with the beautiful folk guitar of James Taylor, all…

Clay Bowman

Clay Bowman is a guitarist and electronic musician from Houston, Texas. Growing up on the Gulf Coast in the 1960’s, Clay brings regional influences to his sound. His musical career began in the 1980s with post-punk and new wave bands. He has since performed in dive bars, art galleries, performance halls, and on the Avenue…

R Duck

The R Duck show is a cooperation between man and machine in order to sculpt organic, improvised electronic music. The show nods its head toward old time variety shows and modern radio -life in the day- spoken dry as the coastal sands at low tide. Tune in for live improvised electronic music drama, performed by…

Bass Bureaucracy

Virtuoso bassists John Lester and Steve Uccello team up for an all basses, beats, and vocal set as Bass Bureaucracy. Both John and Steve play a wide variety of bass instruments from upright basses to acoustic and electric 4 and 6 string bass guitars. They each bring years of experience as in-demand sidemen in a…

Giacomo Fiore

Italian-born guitarist and musicologist Giacomo Fiore lives and works in San Francisco. He has performed in Italy, France, Germany, Denmark, Ireland, Canada, Brazil, and across the U.S., premiering more than two dozen new works for justly-tuned, electric, and classical guitars. Giacomo has released eight recordings for Cold Blue, Pinna, Spectropol, and Paper Garden Records, as…

Christer Fredriksen

Christer Fredriksen is an ambient jazz guitarist and composer with a distinctive sound and a unique ability to tell stories through his music. Christer was born 1972 in Kristiansand, Norway and fell in love with the woods and the electric guitar at the age of 13. He studied music at the Agder University, finishing his…

Semih Yanyali

In 1998 Istanbul-based musician Semih Yanyali left Turkey for Munich, where he studied jazz and eventually founded a band known for its unique style and rich, complex sound. Since 2002, Semih Yanyali has performed internationally at a wide selection of renowned music festivals with Cazyapjazz and various artists, including Akbank Jazz Festival in Turkey, Marseille…

László Vajner

I’m a experimentalist artist from Debrecen, Hungary. I play various instruments, but the guitar and synthetisers recieve the greatest emphasis in my music. Considering the genre it is closest to ambient and post-rock. In the spring of 2016, I decided to revive the songs that I have written outside our post metal band, ABEL. Like…

Valentina Gonzalez

Born in Guadalajara, Jalisco in 1980, Valentina Gonzalez is probably one of Mexico’s most intriguing vocalists. A songstress who possesses a beautiful and soulful voice that recalls the mannerisms of Jeff Buckley, Sidsel Endresen or Camille. Valentina takes Jazz, Gospel, Mexican Folkloric influences and filters them through a minimal polyphonic prism. The result merges the…

Violoncheloops

Violoncheloops is a project that seeks to expand the common use of the violoncello through effects and mainly, the use of loops as a central part of the execution. It mixes the tradition of an ancient instrument with current technology, processing the sounds of the instrument to achieve different textures, thus creating soundscapes through layers….

Ivan Kapec

Guitarist Ivan Kapec started his music journey in 2001 when he recorded two acclaimed albums “Lancun” and “Bava” with his own trio. He is also the founder of the multimedia group “TrianguliZona” which performed at numerous festivals at home and abroad. Together with DJ Labosh, he is the author of the project “Loop Chamber Music”….

Joel Gilardini

Experimental guitarist and sound designer, Joel Gilardini is based in Zurich (Switzerland). Guided by the urge and the will to experiment with sounds, Joel followed a very peculiar path which lead him over a broad range of soundfields, touching different musical attitudes and genres like metal, ambient, doom, dub, noise and even blues. Involved in…

Wild Anima

Wild Anima is the wild soul, the raw state of nature sleeping inside all of us. The intimate part of our living essence. Vocal ambient electronic merging influences of trip hop, techno and ambient music with poetic lyrics and mermaid chants that feed the soul, the anima. Finding inspiration in Greek poetry, spirituality and personal…

ecnegrU

The project ecnegrU was born 2011. Before that, Romain Couillaud had many musical experiences between France and Italy, first as a player (in bands such as Otakatroi), as a live sound engineer and finally as a producer in his own home-studio. ecnegrU is therefore a mix of all these experiences, a kind of multi-instrument Live…

The Lunar Asylum

The Lunar Asylum began in 1972 as a Musical Improv Collective of friends that were focused on musical experimentation through improvisation. Over the years it has had a vast alumni of contributors and combinations. They seldom crawl out of the studio and this will be their first live-improv performance in over 40 years. This latest…

The Lucid Brain Integrative Project

The music of Emmanuel Reveneau a.k.a The lucid brain integrative project is at the crossroads of free improvisation, realtime orchestration, atheorical instrument self-learning and deep software conception. In other words, it’s all about elaborating on the fly some music vaguely inspired by jazz and stuff like Soft Machine with a home-made software and poor instrumental…

Midi Learn

All along eight years of hard work programming NOundo with Emmanuel Reveneau, guitarist and digital artist Jean-François Domingues has understandably passed beyond the mirror. Besides his work as a live composer for theater and dance, he summons since 2013 from time to time an ephemeral loop avatar, Midi Learn, using the software he is undoubtedly…

Leika Mochán

Musician and singer specialized on vocal ensembles and live looping. Since her childhood she has explored how to use the voice as more than just a melodic solo frontal instrument. Strongly influenced by world music, jazz, soundscape and experimental music she creates original pieces and arrangements with a very personal and distinctive touch. Since 1997…

Juan Pablo Villa

Mexican vocal artist, composer and interpreter who bases his work on vocal improvisation, Mexican traditional music, free jazz and chamber music. His voice is driven by the strength of his inner universe, and nurtured by diverse influences and singing techniques. In his beginnings, between 1995 and 2001, Villa wrote and sang songs accompanied by guitar…

Per Boysen

The Stick is like a space instrument from the future! In my instrumental solo Stick concerts I’m blending Scandinavian ethnic music from past centuries with original compositions and space age interactive electronics. I design my own performance system as a “meta-instrument” that allows me to instantly compose and arrange on the spot. Per Boysen has…

Bob Amstadt

Bass player, Looping inventor: drawn to bass guitar 30 years ago, and the new wave/punk/post-punk (now termed dark wave) musical styles before that, Bob was intrigued by what could be done with the early looping technologies. In 1994, he decided to create his own looping technology based on his own needs. This is now known…

Y2K18 … this fall!

Save the dates! October 23-30th this year we’ll be coming back together for the multi-day amazing performances from international musicians. We’ll keep you updated as more information becomes available!

Trey Donovan

Trey Donovan has been doing some form of looping since around 1984, when he hacked his cassette deck to record loops and overdubs. A former student of Robert Fripp, who was a well-known early looping artist, Trey adopted the 5ths tuning Fripp uses and eventually took that experience to classical cello studies and constructing guitars…

Cindy Sawprano

An admirer of classical music and musical theater, Cynthia creates avant folk influenced melodies mixed with soundscapes using musical saw, voice, found objects, hurdy hurdy, accordion and effects. An award winning sawist, she has frequented the International Musical Saw Festival, New York Saw Festival, San Francisco, Dublin, Zootown and Grass Valley Fringe Festivals, trees, film…

George Demarest

George Demarest earned a BS in trumpet and computer science from the Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music, studying trumpet with Raymond Mase of the American Brass Quintet. He has performed with the Cincinnati Ballet, Carmen McRea, the Santa Cruz Symphony, Ensemble Monterey, and New Music Works. He regularly records and performs as a freelance trumpeter,…

Links for Wine Country Fire Assistance

We here at the Y2K loopfest are saddened by the sudden and devastating effects of the Wine Country fires in northern California. We hope that your friends and family are safe. We’ve assembled a quick list of links for those affected: General info https://www.fastcompany.com/40479325/how-to-help-napa-fire-victims-8-things-you-can-do-for-californias-wine-country-right-now http://www.sfgate.com/technology/article/Airbnb-opens-program-to-coordinate-emergency-12264485.php Housing/Evacuation Centers http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Evacuation-Orders-Evacuation-Centers-North-Bay-Fires-450071523.html http://www.sonomavalley.com/fire/ https://www.airbnb.com/welcome/evacuees/northerncaliforniafireevacuees Pets https://www.facebook.com/SonomaCountyAnimalServices/?fref=mentions http://sonomahumane.org https://napahumane.org http://www.yubasutterspca.com…

Dan Robbins

Dan Robbins has played and recorded in settings ranging from solo, duo, trio, etc. to big band and orchestra, and is known for driving, creative, harmonically and melodically rich background and lead parts on bass. He doubles on both acoustic bass, and four, five, six, and seven-string electric bass, in styles ranging from solo jazz…

Mikko Biffle

Post-rock electronic manipulations, or straight up guitar: I love seeking sonically interesting ways to present lyrical melodic playing, within the framework of free-improvision. Having been lured back to live playing and recording by HK, I’m now hoping to play solo, or in interesting groupings for future live work as well as recording.

Greg Bryant

Greg Bryant is a multi-instrumentalist based in Los Angeles interested most generally in improvisation both in the context of groups, as well as through solo live looping. He has been playing, composing, and recording music for over 30 years influenced by a range of styles including punk/indie/noise rock, experimental soundscapes, musique concrete, psychedelic rock and…

Rejyna

A multidisciplinary sound, visual and word artist, enticing inspiration from fortuity and improvisation and assembling them onto paper, photo, video and sound recordings. Rejyna’s lyrics, drawings, songs and stories are the foundation of a dozen releases by prog folk/symphonic metal band, Citadel. She’s an endorsed DigiTech artist, referred to as a JamMan guru due to…

Doug Lynner

Doug Lynner, a.k.a. synthesizerman, was editor/publisher of the seminal synthesizer magazine, Synapse Magazine. He attended the California Institute of the Arts where his primary mentors were Harold Budd, Morton Subotnick and Leonid Hambro. He is a founding member of the synthpop bands Invisible Zoo, Moebius and LEM (Live Electronic Music) and is a radio host…

thisissami

thisissami is a dance music making machine. His live show & music production workshops have been presented at numerous events and festivals in Western Canada & USA, including Shambhala, Bass Coast, and Astral Harvest. He is not a DJ. When performing, thisissami produces original funky electronic music live – all completely improvised. His high-energy on…

Steve Uccello

Steve Uccello is an upright/electric bassist, multi-instrumentalist, and composer. He has playing experience in many genres including jazz, blues, folk, bluegrass, R & B, mariachi, and classical. In addition to being a musician for hire, Steve also produces his own compositions. As a bassist Steve plays gigs around the Monterey & San Fransisco Bay areas….

Stargasm

Sean Woodcock aka Stargasm is a guitarist and composer living in Portland Oregon. On February 29th 2016 Sean released an EP under the title Taijitwo in which he recorded guitars and bass for. Which can be heard at soundcloud.com/taijitwo. During the making of the album is when Sean started practicing some of the composed pieces…

Spookstina

Spookstina is an experimental and experiential sound artist from Raleigh, North Carolina. Her pieces are an exercise in creating and decaying empathic drone. An exploration into impermanence. Improvised layers built in real-time from fragments of found sound, metal hardware, tiny toys, aural loops and bass & synth pulses. Having played many noise and DIY fests…

Michèle Walther

Violinist Michèle Walther is a performer, composer, arranger, and educator from Switzerland and San Francisco. Michèle has performed in venues throughout Europe and North America with Ian Anderson/Jethro Tull, Gloria Estefan, Joe Lovano, Oscar Stagnaro (Paquito D’Rivera), Pablo Ablanedo Septet (jazz, latin), Basel Sinfonietta, Mark Feldman, Wolfgang Dauner, LaMuseMent, and more. Recent performances include Resonance…

Edd Keene

Edd Keene is a multi instrumentalist live looping artist and has been relentlessly touring at some of the best festivals across the UK and Europe since 2007. Skilled in saxophone, flute, guitar, bass, drums, percussion and vocals, he brings them all together when performing live creating his tracks. He styles range from Reggae to Jazz,…

Riz Orkestra

based in los angeles and currently roaming the california coast and deserts composing and performing music, collecting musical instruments, photographing and filming the pacific ocean and the sun in the sky and planning cheap, sensible meals. roots-music repertoire consists of early blues, jug band tunes, instrumental stomps, romps, jumps, and rags, early country music, gospel…

Matt Davignon

Matt Davignon’s music is “fragile and gorgeous and stubbornly weird,” according to the SF Bay Guardian. He’s best known for combining drum machine and pre-recorded source material with a variety of electronic processing devices to create shifting layers of organic and expressive sounds. His music is inspired by field recordings, natural sound phenomena, irregular and…

R Duck

http://happyguy.org/rduck/ https://soundcloud.com/r-duck-show https://twitter.com/RDuckShow

Tim Mungenast

A guitarist, songwriter, vocalist, and avant-garde soundscape artist since the eighties, Tim Mungenast considers music to be a form of mystic transport and he settles for nothing less. He has recorded and performed with saxophone god Ken Field (Birdsongs of the Mesozoic, Sesame Street, Revolutionary Snake Ensemble); the jazz hero Pete Levin (Gil Evans Orchestra,…

Grant Stoner

I’ve been looping for at least 10 years. I enjoy how it enables a “one man band” person like me to bring that to a live situation. I grew up back east, but have resided in California for the last 25 years. I’ve always been into music. I’m primarily a guitarist, but I attempt to…

Iconoplasty

Iconoplasty was born when rock guitarist Josh Gross had a conversation with mashup DJ Greg Gillis (Girl Talk) about his laptop live-mix techniques, and became curious if it was possible to emulate that constantly evolving dance-mix style with live instruments and a loop pedal instead of software and samples. The answer was yes. Instead of…

BLVR

BLVR is the new project of Santa Cruz musician J.J. McCabe (ROBOTGOD, the Parcel, A Dark and Stormy Night, Tether Horse, Mylo Jenkins, Portents). Developed over a 2 year period of severe illness that kept Kim from playing his usual instruments, BLVR is heavily influenced by the stark, desolate sounds of John Carpenter and ’80s…

Andy Graham

Andy Graham is an inventor, producer, and performer from the San Francisco Bay area. In 1995, Andy invented a unique didgeridoo racking system allowing hands-free playing of the instrument while playing drums and other instruments. Andy has invented various unique instruments over the years including electric stringed didgeridoos, and the Green Machine cocktail drum kit…

MANDOMAN

Hideki Nakanishi (aka MANDOMAN) is a live looping electric mandolin player/luthier from Osaka, Japan. Hideki uses most of him time in his Sol Anemo workshop building special order handcrafted stringed instruments for superior musicians with fine touch, and when that touch comes to music he creates with many looping pedals and one electric mandolin to…

Laura Stavinoha

Laura Stavinoha is a Dutch vocalist, songwriter, loop artist, vocal coach and producer. As a singer, she’s been involved in many styles: from baroque to deep house music and from contemporary classical to her own pop songs. For years, she has performed as a classical soprano in The Netherlands and abroad. Currently her focus is…

CIAN

Band Members Liz Ruvalcaba: Voice / Loops Eliud Ernandes: Bass / Loops Hometown Guadalajara Jalisco Mexico About “A loop is a small work that has been specially prepared to be repeated during the audio file until its end.” -Hawkins Biography It begins as a need for creative escape between Liz Ruvalcaba and Eliud Ernandes, strongly…

MIDI_Pipe

MIDI_Pipe es un proyecto de LiveLooping que busca generar paisajes sonoros a partir de la fusión entre rítmos modernos y músicas tradicionales haciendo uso de nuevas tecnologías que transforman los tímbres generados tanto por instrumentos acústicos como guitarra, saxofón y clarinete; como por sintetizadores, cajas de rítmo y efectos vocales como el BeatBox y el…

Otros Cronopios

From Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico. https://twitter.com/otroscronopios

ANI

ANI (Amy Lee), a San Francisco Bay Area native, has been doing improvised music since early childhood. Who knew that piano lessons and jazz band would have gotten crossed with her second love: computer technology. But she’s left the comfort of Cubase and Renoise in her home studio to play live sets with ultra-portable iPads,…

Future Cassette

John Connell AKA Future Cassette is an electronic/experimental/live looping musician from Santa Cruz, CA. John infuses his modular synth & iOS sound design with many influences, including the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, early industrial music, and UK Bass. John has performed at the Y2K International Live Looping Festival in Santa Cruz since 2008, and has has…

Rick Walker (Y2K Loopfest Founder)

Live looping artist Rick Walker is an electronic music composer, percussionist, trapset drummer, multi-instrumentalist and found sound musician. “I am a found sound/live looping/abstract electronica/world percussionist/drummer/lo fi toy digital video filmaker/multi media inventor living in Northern California with my wife, the talented multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, Chris Wedertz. I’m a found sound/live looping/abstract electronica/multi-instrumentalist who specializes…

Bill Walker

Bill Walker is a guitarist of uncommon stylistic range who blends a world of influences in to a unique and lyrical personal voice. His solo performance creates a rich tapestry of layered sounds, blending electric and acoustic guitars, lap steel guitars, and percussive guit-boxing techniques, with state of the art live looping techniques and sound…

Daniel Thomas

A busy musician, recording engineer, and producer, Daniel has contributed to dozens of CDs, soundtracks, and video game titles. His work includes chart topping albums for international recording labels, original compositions for film and television, and genre defining sound design work for major instrument manufacturers. Daniel has travelled the world supporting many international recording artists…

Martin Janíček

Soundartist, sculptor and musician investigating acoustic qualities of various materials and spaces. Creates original sound instruments, interactive objects and installations, radiocompositions, spatial compositions. Studied at Academy of Fine Arts, Prague, 1990-1997 and later assisted at conceptual department of prof. M.Šejn–till 2002. Often site specific works, since 2000 member of mamapapa c.a., where with T.Žižka relised…

stRiCtLy AlBeRt

Albert Mathias Audio/video artist, has been performing in San Francisco and abroad since 1991. He is a multi-disciplinary musician who creates live composition and recorded sound design for dance, theater, film, video, and Television. He also produces and performs his own solo music under the name StRiCtLy AlBeRt. Mathias is Music Director of la ALTERNATIVA…

Philippe Ollivier

Philippe Ollivier has had a diverse musical career, from traditional music to contemporary circus. A genuinely iconoclastic bandoneon player who mixes acoustic technique with electronics, this self-taught musician and programmer creates original compositions for films, theater, contemporary circus or installations. In association with Christophe Baratay, he invented Logelloop, a looper software that’s essential to his…

Entertainment for the Braindead

Entertainment for the Braindead is the solo project of Berlin based singer and multi- instrumentalist Julia Kotowski. Since 2007 she has been dedicating herself to the creation of very quiet sounds, weaving the noises of small instruments, field recordings and delicate vocal arrangements into introvert folk songs. The results have been published in various, often…

Y2K17 Venues in Santa Cruz and San Jose!

We’re only days away now from the start of the festival! Here are the main venues and dates performances: Anno Domini Gallery: Fri Oct 6, Wed Oct 18 Center Stage Theater (Jewel Theatre Company): Fri Oct 20, Sat Oct 21, Sun Oct 22 UCSC DANM: Fri Oct 20 (daytime) Felix Kulpa Gallery: Fri Oct 6…

New! Rules of Performance and Festival Information for Performers

We’re so happy to showcase our latest festival information for 2017 performers. Please review the following information before contacting us: Y2K17 Domestic Performers Rules of Performance Y2K17 Foreign Performers Rules of Performance Thank you and we’ll see you at the festival!

Y2K17 coming soon!

Save the dates: October 18 – October 22! Many more details to come!