Rejyna

Festival Headliner. 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…

John Connell

Festival Headliner. 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…

Tim Thompson

Festival Headliner. Tim Thompson is a software engineer, musician, and interactive installation artist. His wide-ranging artistic work includes a programming language for MIDI, interactive installations at Burning Man and other festivals, musical performances with Playstation dance pads and QWERTY keyboards, and real-time video looping and processing with a handheld security camera.   Recently, Tim has focused…

Eliud Ernandes

Festival Headliner. Eliud Ernandes began his artistic training at the young age of four years old. He has received awards and recognition from institutions such as Yamaha in Mexico and Japan, the Consulate of Mexico in Houston, Texas, the office of Master Leo Brouwer in Havana, Cuba, and the Mayor’s Office of Santa Cruz, California….

Padorr

Jake Padorr showcases his psychedelic loops through the use of his vocal experimentations, mouth trumpet, and “jambient” guitar explorations. Padorr combines these sonic forces while harnessing ambient sympathetic vibrations. padorrmusic@gmail.com  Instagram is @padorrrr Padorr.bandcamp.com Videos

MC Space Cadet

MC Space Cadet hails from Seattle, where he wrote an audiovisual mixed reality live looper named Holofunk.  It lets you do looping with no buttons, no boxes, nothing but your bare hands, while moving around the stage freely. You’ve never seen anything like it, and this is its Loopfest technology debut. http://holofunk.com Promo video

Holus Bolus

Holus Bolus means ‘All At Once’.  Holus Bolus is one person, multi-instrumentalist Tom Boylan.  Referred to as the “One-Man-Psychedelic-Acousti-loop” artist, Holus Bolus is the modern take on what a one-man-band is in this day and age.  Outfitted with a small drum-kit and an acoustic guitar with some foot pedals, Holus Bolus builds songs one layer…

Jack Hertz

Inspired by the mystery of life, Jack Hertz manipulates sound to create intangible techno-organic impressions between music and noise. Composing and recording music for more than 30 years. Jack is always searching for a sonic middle ground between the real and the artificial. He utilizes machines, instruments, found objects, field recordings, and effects processing to…

Ryan Price

Ryan is a multi-instrumentalist from the small town of Oakdale, California. He picked up his first instrument, the bass guitar, at the age of 15 and hasn’t put it down since. Along with being proficient on the bass, he also plays guitar, piano, mandolin, drums, percussion, and whatever else he can get his hands on. …

Rico Rushworth

Rico Rushworth, solo name RicoR, is an 18-year old American-German drummer, beat boxer, looper, rapper, singer, and stage actor from and residing in the Santa Cruz area. He has over 10 years of experience gigging in music and theatre alike, and has worked with some incredibly talented Santa Cruz musicians and groups, including beatboxing for…

XAMBUCA aka Lux Vibratus + Chandra Shukla

XAMBUCA: THE HI(STORY) Chandra Shukla (b. 1975) created XAMBUCA before performing a debut performance in Berkeley, CA on April 20, 1995 came up with the nonsensical moniker. He formed them from letters left over from a Scrabble game that spelled out what has come to be known as ‘XAMBUCA’. It was this that prompted the…

Katja Šulc

Katja Šulc is a diverse singer at home in many genres – ranging from folk, jazz, dub to electronic, ambient and world music. Even though she started her career singing poetry, her recent focus on contemporary gypsy poetry from the Balkans and Eastern Europe was quite a twist in her musical expression.  Made in the…

The Rhythm Method 3.0

The Rhythm Method 3.0 is a duo experimenting with a blend of western blues, rock and funk combined with African melodies and rhythmic improvisation.   The Rhythm Method 3.0 are: Djidé “Mont-Kamerun” Koffa is a native of Cameroon, a country in Central Africa, that is also called Africa in miniature because Africa in terms of its…

C-90

C-90 is a singer songwriter from the Wirral, Merseyside. He composes songs about love, loss and liberation. His sound blends beats Hot chip, the eclecticism of Beck with the melodic echo stirrings of Wilco. Playing in different guises in various bands ( kid:coda with Kitchenware records. Shark sandwich ) Simon Scott re-invented himself as C-90…

Warria Magda

Warria Magda are two french singer-songwriters (Cora Laba & Oscillation Brève) mix their voices, their pens and their dreams in search of a free musical form.  Refresh a madrigal, draw in poetry, draw the sound card of an archipelago with pop treasures: here is borderless territory, where polyphony, colorful melodies and islands’s rap find their…

Razzvio

Razzvio is an electric violinist, singer and producer. Through mastery of modern digital technology including live looping and vocal and violin processing, she blends powerhouse vocals with her 7-string Viper violin designed to build songs with the sophistication of a string quartet. Razzvio’s complex brand of interactive electric string pop will make you rethink the…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

George Demarest

George Demarest earned degrees in trumpet performance 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, New Music Works and many others. He regularly records and performs in the…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…