David Molina is an award-winning composer, multi-instrumentalist, sound artist/ designer, recording engineer, and instrument inventor who has worked on performing arts, film, radio, and multimedia productions for twenty years.. Molina’s instruments have been displayed in Bay Area galleries, museums, and festivals. He has performed throughout North and South America, and his recordings have been presented in Europe and Japan. Molina’s bands Impurita, Ghosts and Strings, and Transient can be found on Dorog Records, Resting Bell, Black Note Music, and Distant Spore labels, or self-released. For more information, visit drmsound.com.
Amy Martinez is one of the organizers of San Francisco's soul music-themed queer party Hard French, and spins vinyl under the stage name Brown Amy. Martinez is the drummer and one of the founding members of Queen Crescent, an Oakland-based psych/prog rock band, comprised of women of color, some of whom are queer. This four-piece takes inspiration from subcultures in countries including Cambodia, Indonesia, Nigeria, and Mexico, where rock and roll has historically been used as a form of resistance
San Cha is a singer-songwriter known for explosive, visceral, and emotional live performances. Her name is derived from the Spanish word sancha which translates to ‘mistress,’ and is also a reference to the title of ‘San’ given to male saints in the catholic tradition. San Cha has spent years playing in the established and underground venues of San Francisco and Oakland. In 2015, San Cha moved to Los Angeles, and formed a group called San Cha y Las Sirenas who perform original songs which show influences of Cumbia, Ranchera music, and church gospels.
David Katz is a singer, improviser, mover, and composer. Described by Israeli newspaper Haaretz as “an uber-performer,” Katz has been playing solo and ensemble improvisations under the foreignfire epithet since 2009. Katz grew up in Tel-Aviv, where he fronted legendary underground band The Fluorescents, sang in choral groups, and studied composition with Arie Shapira. Based in San Francisco since 2000, Katz earned his graduate degrees in composition and improvisation from Mills College, where he studied with Zeena Parkins, Roscoe Mitchell, and Fred Frith. Katz's recent solo appearances include English Renaissance in Tel-Aviv, a program of lute songs in collaboration with harpsichordist Arin Maisky, and Brett Carson’s song cycle Mysterious Descent.
Danishta Rivero is a musician, sound artist, and vocalist based in San Francisco. She also performs on the hydrophonium, a water-based electro-acoustic percussion instrument she created. She co-founded Optiphonal Wonder Machine, a multimedia collaboration, with Jennifer Rannells. Rivero is also one half of Las Sucias, a musical project that mixes anti-patriarchal riotgrrrl lyrics, Afro-Caribbean rhythms, brujería noise, and possessed vocals into performance rituals.