SYPHER (Dave Lombardo, Bill Laswell, Dorian Cheah (electric violin))

The Chapel presents a special residency with Bill Laswell & friends

SYPHER (Dave Lombardo, Bill Laswell, Dorian Cheah (electric violin))

Wed · February 6, 2019

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

$50 adv / $55 door

This event is all ages

Partially seated - first come, first served

Multi-show passes available - please contact us directly at 415.551.5157 or

7 show passes available here

Dave Lombardo
Dave Lombardo
Dave Lombardo, is a three time nominated, two time Grammy award winning Cuban American drummer, deemed one of the most significant drummers of our time. Lombardo is most widely known as an aggressive and exceptionally skilled heavy metal drummer, but over time he has proven that his unique gift far surpasses the confines of being labeled. His use of the drums have been called “astonishingly innovative” and earned him the title “The Godfather of Double Bass”.

Over his career, he has had a significant influence on the metal scene and has inspired many modern metal drummers, particularly within both death metal and thrash metal. As an original & founding member of Slayer, Lombardo has performed with Slayer on seven albums, including their groundbreaking 1986 release Reign In Blood and their 2006 release Christ Illusion, for which he received critical praise. Lombardo’s music career has spanned more than 30 years, during which he has been involved in the production of over 40 commercial recordings spanning a number of major genres with bands such as Fantômas, Grip Inc., Testament, Apocalyptica, John Zorn, in addition to Slayer.

Lombardo’s myriads of ongoing endeavors have found him in a variety of compelling adventures. Within the past three years, he has recorded the drum tracks for various television shows and films, launched a solo project titled ‘The Repercussion of Dave Lombardo’ that has taken him around the world performing to numerous sold-out venues, created an art collection called ‘Rhythm Mysterium’ that has been shown in Los Angeles, New York City, Sydney and Melbourne Australia, in addition to unveiling an extraordinary visual and audio experience with his First Edition Book, ‘LOMBARDO’.

In November 2015, Lombardo revealed the formation of yet another new radical band, Dead Cross. A ruthless, hardcore punk band described by Rolling Stone as “a vicious statement of renewed intent from Lombardo, the most influential metal drummer of the past 30 years.” On December 12, 2016 Dead Cross announced that they had enlisted unparalleled vocalist, Mike Patton, to front the band. Produced by Ross Robinson (Korn, Slipknot, Sepultura) and Dead Cross, the band released their first album in early 2017 and our currently writing their sophomore set.

Not one for downtime, in February 2016, Lombardo joined forces with legendary Mike Muir and his cultish band Suicidal Tendencies. It was also announced in August 2016 that Lombardo was chosen to perform with horror punk icons, The Misfits, for their highly anticipated reunion shows.

Lombardo is clearly showing no signs of slowing down. With the underground rumblings of more surprises on the way, 2019 promises to be one of his most provocative and inspiring years to date.
Bill Laswell
Bill Laswell
Bill Laswell (b. February 12, 1955 in Salem, Illinois and raised in Albion, Michigan) is an American bassist, producer and record label owner. He was married to Ethiopian singer Ejigayehu Shibabaw alias Gigi.

Laswell ranks among the most prolific of musicians, being involved in hundreds of recordings with many musicians from all over the world. Laswell's music draws upon many different genres, most notably funk, various world music, jazz, dub and ambient styles. He has also played or produced music from the noisier, more aggressive end of the rock spectrum, like hardcore punk and metal.
Dorian Cheah (electric violin)
Dorian Cheah (electric violin)
Dorian Cheah is a violinist and Emmy-nominated composer, producer, and arranger from Pittsburgh, PA. He began playing violin at age 2 ½ and moved to New York to study with Dorothy De Lay and Naoko Tanaka at The Juilliard School.

He is known for his unique sound on the electric violin and has recorded two albums with esteemed producer and bassist Bill Laswell (Ara, 2007 on Metastation Records, and The Dorian Electric, 717, available digitally on Bandcamp).

Since arriving in Los Angeles in 1995, Dorian has composed music for film and television, worked with top producers and songwriters in LA, and recorded with major label artists including Brandy, Celine Dion, Brie Larson, Jennifer Lopez, and En Vogue. His original scores for feature films and documentaries include the score for Am Limit by Academy Award-winning director Pepe Danquart and Concrete Kids by producer/director Lije Sarki (The Peanut Butter Falcon with Jon Bernthal, Dakota Johnson, and Shia LaBeouf).

Dorian’s original compositions and productions have been placed in hundreds of films and TV shows including CSI, Ghost Whisperer, Zoey 101, Material Girls, Drake and Josh, Naturally Sadie, Degrassi, Tosh.0, Burn Notice, Victorious, One Life to Live, General Hospital, All My Children, and many others.

Dorian has two children and lives in Santa Monica, CA.
Oz Fritz
Oz Fritz
Oz Fritz has worked as an audio professional and sonic architect for over 40 years. Starting out in live sound reinforcement, Fritz transitioned into studio recording after moving to New York in the mid ‘80s. Highlights of his career include a long-time collaboration with producer/musician Bill Laswell in the areas of concert sound, studio recording and mixing, and remote field recording with artists such as Material, The Master Musicians of Jajouka, Iggy Pop, and the Flying Mijinko tour of Central Asia. Other credits include Tom Waits, Primus and the English group God. More recently he mixed and mastered the new Flat Earth Society double album Untitled #0. Fritz lives in Grass Valley, California.
Venue Information:
The Chapel
777 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA, 94110