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Rent Romus

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

Other Web links

Edgetone Records
All Music Guide
Wikipedia
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
The Otherworld Cycle is the culmination of over fourteen years of research of the Finno-Ugric traditions and music. The Cycle consists of a series of new compositions and improvisations inspired by the poems of the Finnish National Epic known as the Kalavela, as well as Karelian regional folk songs, and Sami Joik song elements of the native peoples of the north. The Other World thematic abstractly reference the Uralic “Body of Memory” embedded in Romus’ musical psyche refracted through the multi-faceted lens of improvisation and postmodern jazz. Ron Heglin•Voice Heikki Koskinen•Recorder, E-trumpet, Kantele, poetry reading Bob Marsh•Voice Suki O'Kane•Percussion Joshua Marshall•Tenor Saxophone Bill Noertker•Bass Timothy Orr•Drums Mark Pino•Percussion Mika Pontecorvo•Flutes Rent Romus•Alto Saxophone, Kantele, Flutes, Bells Shanna Sordahl•Cello http://romus.net/otherworld.html Film by Charles Smith, Recorded live at Gold Lion Arts January 18th 2015 Sacramento, California All compositions
CDs on which Rent Romus appears:
ArtistTitleLabelNumber
Rent Romus' Lords of Outland Lords O Leaping
Artist: Rent Romus' Lords of Outland
Title: Lords O Leaping
Label: Edgetone Records EDT4153
Label page on this site: Edgetone Records
Edgetone Records EDT4153
Rent Romus' Life's Blood Ensemble Cimmerian Crossroads
Artist: Rent Romus' Life's Blood Ensemble
Title: Cimmerian Crossroads
Label: Edgetone Records EDT4146
Label page on this site: Edgetone Records
Edgetone Records EDT4146
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: Nine Winds EDT4129/NW0298
Label page on this site: Nine Winds
Nine Winds 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
The Emergency String (X)tet meet Rent Romus Emergency Rental
Artist: The Emergency String (X)tet meet Rent Romus
Title: Emergency Rental
Label: Edgetone Records EDT4100
Label page on this site: Edgetone Records
Edgetone Records EDT4100
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
Thollem McDonas, Rent Romus - Bloom Project Sudden Aurora
Artist: Thollem McDonas, Rent Romus - Bloom Project
Title: Sudden Aurora
Label: Edgetone Records EDT4083
Label page on this site: Edgetone Records
Edgetone Records EDT4083
Ministry of Rites, Rent Romus & Tobias Fischer GRID
Artist: Ministry of Rites, Rent Romus & Tobias Fischer
Title: GRID
Label: Edgetone Records EDT4079
Label page on this site: Edgetone Records
Edgetone Records EDT4079
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
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Review: STATIC ILLUSION MUSIC SERIES
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