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Rent Romus

Cross genre saxophonist, instrumentalist and composer, producer, curator
Rent Romus is a force spanning over 25 years of D.I.Y. music production, performance, and curation who “swings like death and hell” according to Danish writer and producer Jack Lind. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Romus work on the saxophone has been dubbed “ferocious” by the San Francisco Weekly and “central to the creative music world of the West Coast” by writer jazz critic Frank Rubolino.
From his very beginnings as a student of jazz while being exposed to the twilight tutelage of Stan Getz he found himself drawn to the outer realms of Sun Ra and Albert Ayler, as well as Derek Bailey and the sheer catharsis of noise by musicians like Merzbow. He currently runs collective ensembles such as the Lords of Outland as well as the Life’s Blood Ensemble and most recently The Ruminations.
Romus has recorded exploring improvisation and composition from whispers to high energy in a wide variety of musical settings on over 35 albums both as a leader and sideman which have included Chico Freeman, John Tchiai, Vinny Golia, Thollem McDonas, Stefan Pasborg, Dave Mihaly, James Zitro, Kash Killion, Jon Bridsong, Jim Ryan, and Ernesto Diaz-Infante, Josh Allen, and Instagon.
As a D.I.Y. producer he runs Edgetone Records a label for many forms of improvisation and experimentation. He is the founder and Executive Director of Outsound Presents under which curates the bi-weekly SIMM Music Series at the Musicians Union Hall as well as the long standing weekly Luggage Store Gallery New Music Series, and The Outsound New Music Summit, a music festival held every summer.

"Rent remains a force for me, his restraint as powerful as his melodic attacks." - Thurston Hunger, KFJC 89.7 FM Los Altos, CA
"The center piece of the band is Rent Romus with his fantastic sax work, and like his contemporary Zorn, Romus has a long history in the music scene as well as in the established cultural art world working and collaborating with talented musicans." - Jackalblaster


Discography As a Leader/Co-leader:
Thee Unhip, Lords of Outland, Nine Winds 2012
Cloud Knitter Suite Live, Lords of Outland, Edgetone 2012
Edge of Dark, Lords of Outland with Vinny Golia, Edgetone 2011
Emergency Rental, The Emergency String (X)tet meet Rent Romus, Edgetone 2010
XV (the first fifteen years 1994-2009), Lords of Outland, Edgetone 2009
Sudden Aurora, Bloom Project with Thollem Mcdonas, Edgetone 2009
The Pit, Lords of Outland. Edgetone 2009
GRID, Ministry of Rites, Edgetone 2008
Thundershine, Jazz On The Line with Chico Freeman (re-issuse), Edgetone 2008
Prismatic Season, Bloom Project, Edgetone 2008
You can sleep when you're dead!, Lords of Outland, Edgetone 2008
Strap, Jazz On the Line Quartet, Edgetone 2008
Bloom, Bloom Project with Thollem Mcdonas, Jon Brumit, Steven Baker, Edgetone 2006
Culture of Pain, Lords of Outland, Edgetone, 2006
Reverberations of Spring Past, Pax, 2006
The Foolkiller, Tri-Cornered Tent Show, Edgetone, 2005
Legion Of Dagon, Tri-Cornered Tent Show , Edgetone, 2004
Novo Navigatio, The Abstractions, Edgetone/Pax Records, 2004
ARS VIVENDE, The Abstractions, Edgetone/Pax Records, 2003
Sonic Conspiracy, The Abstractions, Edgetone/Pax Records, 2002
The Metal Quan Yin, Lords of Outland with poet C.J. Reaven Borosque, Edgetone, 2001
PKD Vortex Project – New Music composed inspired by the Stories of Phil K. Dick, Edgetone, 2001
Out of Town, Guinea Pig, Edgetone, 2001
Avatar In the Field – A Tribute to Albert Ayler, Lords of Outland, Edgetone, 2001
Blood Motions, Life’s Blood Trio, Jazzheads Records, 1999
Adapt…or DIE!, Lords of Outland with John Tchicai, Jazzheads Records, 1997
You’ll Never Be The Same, Lords of Outland, Jazzheads Records, 1995
In The Moment, Jazz On The Line with Chico Freeman, Edgetone Records, 1994
no boundaries, Jazz On the Line, Edgetone Records, 1991
Dark Wind, Jazz On The Line, Edgetone Records, 1988

Discography As a sideman:
Ear of the Storm, T.D. Skatchit & Company, Edgetone 2013
Skatchbox Surveillance, T.D. Skatchit & Company, Edgetone 2012
The Awakening, Jim Ryan's Forward Energy, Edgetone, 2011
C.O.M.A. California Outside Music Associates, Edgetone/Jazzheads Records, 2004
CONFIGURATIONS, Jim Ryan's Forward Energy, Edgetone, 2002
TWO FORMS OF MULTITUDES, Moe!kestra!, Edgetone/Pax, 2003
Bleedin’ Heart, Paris Slim with Joe Lewis Walker, Sonny Rhodes, Globe Records, 1996


Other Web links

http://www.romus.net
Edgetone Records
All Music Guide
Wikipedia


Upcoming Events:

Sunday, September 28 2014 7:30 PM
SIMM Series @ The Musicians Union Hall [116 9th St @ Mission SF]
7:30 Mike Sopko & Hamir Atwal duo
"an amazing document of eclectic improvisation. . . " - Frank Alkyer
8:30 Life's Blood Ensemble
Clifford Brown III - trumpet, Jason Hoopes - double bass, Rent Romus - saxophones
Scott Walton - double bass, Timothy Orr - drums  More...
Sunday, October 5 2014 7:30 PM
SIMM Series @ The Musicians Union Hall [116 9th St @ Mission SF]
The Deconstruction Orchestra
A power house big band of immense proportions!
Josh Allen - conductor/composer/tenor saxophone
Jason Hoopes bass. Kurt Ribak bass. Mark Miller drums. Timothy Orr drums. Roger Reidlbaur guitar. John Finkbeiner guitar. Nick Obando alto. Rent Romus alto. Sam Flores tenor. Joshua Marshall tenor. John Vaughn bari. David Slusser bari. Matt Streich trombone. Matt Gaspari fluglehorn. George Moore trumpet. Collette McCaslin cornet  More...
Saturday, October 25 2014 8:00 PM
Community Music Center [544 Capp Street SF]
San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music & Outsound Presents
The Other World Cycle - visions of the Kalevala land of my grandmothers
A Suite of new music inspired by the ethos of Finnish cultural mythology
by Rent Romus,
featuring The Life's Blood Ensemble:
Ron Heglin•Voice Jason Hoopes•Bass
Markus Hunt•Bass Heikki Koskinen•Recorder, E-trumpet, Kantele
Bob Marsh•Voice Suki O'Kane•Percussion Timothy Orr•Drums
Mark Pino•Percussion Mika Pontecorvo•Flutes
Rent Romus•Saxophones, Kantele, Flutes, Bells
Shanna Sordahl•Cello Scott Walton•Bass
Buy tickets for The Other World Cycle - visions of the Kalevala  More...
Sunday, October 26 2014 3:00 PM
Community Music Center [544 Capp Street SF]
******Matinee Show******
San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music & Outsound Presents
The Other World Cycle - visions of the Kalevala land of my grandmothers
A Suite of new music inspired by the ethos of Finnish cultural mythology
by Rent Romus,
featuring The Life's Blood Ensemble:
Ron Heglin•Voice Markus Hunt•Bass
Heikki Koskinen•Recorder, E-trumpet, Kantele
Bob Marsh•Voice Suki O'Kane•Percussion Timothy Orr•Drums
Mark Pino•Percussion Mika Pontecorvo•Flutes
Rent Romus•Saxophones, Kantele, Flutes, Bells
Shanna Sordahl•Cello Scott Walton•Bass
Buy tickets for The Other World Cycle - visions of the Kalevala  More...
Thursday, October 30 2014 8:00 PM
Luggage Store New Music Series [Outsound co-Presents @ The Luggage Store Gallery 1007 Market St. SF]
8pm VR Quartet Duo
John Vaughn- soprano/alto/tenor saxophones/electronics, Rent Romus - soprano/alto/c-melody saxophones/electronics
9pm Transient: Molina/Ackamoor
David Molina: classical and electric guitar, cello, autoharp, burmese harp, ukeline, bells, hand drum, flutes, spring machine, music boxes, Waterphone, and electronics.

Idris Ackamoor: Alto sax, Invented Cymbal tree and Chinese gongs. Invented Battery of instruments played simultaneously featuring a medium calypso box and a bass calypso box from Jamaica, a Russian hand painted zither, and a Mbira from Zimbabwe. Various percussions featuring Jamaican conch shell, sleigh bells, semsemia Egyptian harp, South African pan flute, nose flutes, musical spoons, train whistle, didgeridoo, New Orleans “musical washboard”, and harmonica. Invented “Ope” (a bamboo instrument with saxophone mouthpiece), various self – made bamboo flutes. Various small African balaphones and Cajon drum box.  More...
Photo Albums (click to view photos):
Videos
Life's Blood plays "Infinistism" by Rent Romus Kim Cass - double bass Timothy Orr - drums/percussion Markus Hunt - double bass Darren Johnston - trumpet Rent Romus - alto saxophone Livea the 6th Annual In the Flow Festival Luna's Cafe Sacramento, CA video by Charles Smith
CDs on which Rent Romus appears:
ArtistTitleLabelNumber
Rent Romus' Lords of Outland The Proceedings of Dr. Ké
Artist: Rent Romus' Lords of Outland
Title: The Proceedings of Dr. Ké
Label: Edgetone Records EDT4143
Label page on this site: Edgetone Records
Edgetone Records EDT4143
Rent Romus' life's Blood Quartet Truth Teller
Artist: Rent Romus' life's Blood Quartet
Title: Truth Teller
Label: Edgetone Records EDT4135
Label page on this site: Edgetone Records
Edgetone Records EDT4135
Rent Romus' Lords of Outland Thee Unhip
Artist: Rent Romus' Lords of Outland
Title: Thee Unhip
Label: Edgetone Records EDT4129/NW0298
Label page on this site: Edgetone Records
Edgetone Records EDT4129/NW0298
Rent Romus' Lords of Outland Cloudknitter Suite Live
Artist: Rent Romus' Lords of Outland
Title: Cloudknitter Suite Live
Label: Edgetone Records EDT4128
Label page on this site: Edgetone Records
Edgetone Records EDT4128
Rent Romus' Lords of Outland w/Vinny Golia Edge of Dark
Artist: Rent Romus' Lords of Outland w/Vinny Golia
Title: Edge of Dark
Label: Edgetone Records EDT4112
Label page on this site: Edgetone Records
Edgetone Records EDT4112
Rent Romus' Lords of Outland XV (The First Fifteen Years 1994-2009)
Artist: Rent Romus' Lords of Outland
Title: XV (The First Fifteen Years 1994-2009)
Label: Edgetone Records EDT4094
Label page on this site: Edgetone Records
Edgetone Records EDT4094
Rent Romus' Lords of Outland The Pit
Artist: Rent Romus' Lords of Outland
Title: The Pit
Label: Edgetone Records EDT4084
Label page on this site: Edgetone Records
Edgetone Records EDT4084
Reverberations From Spring Past Diaz-Infante/Fernandes/Montoya/Romus
Artist: Reverberations From Spring Past
Title: Diaz-Infante/Fernandes/Montoya/Romus
Label: Pax Recordings PR90281
Label page on this site: Pax Recordings
Pax Recordings PR90281
The Abstractions Novo Navigatio
Artist: The Abstractions
Title: Novo Navigatio
Label: Edgetone Records PR90275/EDT4027
Label page on this site: Edgetone Records
Edgetone Records PR90275/EDT4027
The Abstractions Ars Vivende
Artist: The Abstractions
Title: Ars Vivende
Label: Pax Recordings PR90260/EDT4019
Label page on this site: Pax Recordings
Pax Recordings PR90260/EDT4019
Moe! Staiano's MOE!KESTRA! Two Forms of Multitudes: Conducted Improvisations
Artist: Moe! Staiano's MOE!KESTRA!
Title: Two Forms of Multitudes: Conducted Improvisations
Label: Pax Recordings PR90261
Label page on this site: Pax Recordings
Pax Recordings PR90261
Rent Romus' Lords of Outland Avatar in the Field
Artist: Rent Romus' Lords of Outland
Title: Avatar in the Field
Label: Edgetone Records EDT 4001
Label page on this site: Edgetone Records
Edgetone Records EDT 4001
Guinea Pig/Out of Town Live at the Hotel Utah
Artist: Guinea Pig/Out of Town
Title: Live at the Hotel Utah
Label: Edgetone Records EDT 4002
Label page on this site: Edgetone Records
Edgetone Records EDT 4002
PKD Vortex Project Music Inspired by Phil K. Dick
Artist: PKD Vortex Project
Title: Music Inspired by Phil K. Dick
Label: Edgetone Records EDT 4003
Label page on this site: Edgetone Records
Edgetone Records EDT 4003
The Abstractions Sonic Conspiracy
Artist: The Abstractions
Title: Sonic Conspiracy
Label: Edgetone Records EDT4012
Label page on this site: Edgetone Records
Edgetone Records EDT4012
Interviews/Articles:
Review: STATIC ILLUSION MUSIC SERIES
Audio Samples: