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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 Merzbow. He runs the collective ensembles the Lords of Outland as well as the Life’s Blood trio. Romus has recorded exploring improvisation and composition 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.
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
Edgetone Records
All Music Guide


Executive Director 501(c)3 non-profit artist organiation
curates Luggage Store Gallery Series, SIMM Series, @ Outsound New Music Summit
Owns and operates Edgetone Records

Address: P.O. Box 5299
Richmond CA 94805

Upcoming Events:

VAMP music • art • consignment

331 19th Street

Saturday, Apr 19 2014 2:00 PM

VAMP hosts 3 sets of jazz+ as part of the Oakland Drops Beats event.


Set 1 (2pm): German/Swedish saxophonist and flautist Biggi Vinkeloe plays VAMP as part of her US tour!

A sorceress of avant / jazz wind energy, and veteran of stellar collaborations with Roberto Bellatalla, Alberto Braida, Chris Brown, Lisle Ellis, Marco Eneidi, Ken Filiano, Gianni Gebbia, Vinny Golia, Giancarlo Locatelli, Miya Masaoka (正岡みや), Barre Phillips, Gino Robair, Cecil Taylor, Peeter Uuskyla, and Marie Wärme, among many others, Biggi Vinkeloe will réprise her long-standing collaboration with Bay Area master drummer Donald Robinson, whom Coda Magazine has described as a "percussion Dervish", and among whose most notable collaborators are Alan Silva, Anthony Braxton, Oliver Lake, Glenn Spearman, Larry Ochs, Bobby Few, Raphé Malik, and Joe McPhee.

Joining will be Bay Area neogaku pianist / computer musician Joe Lasqo, whose recent local performances include: the Vexations [Re-vex'd] II 22-hour Satie-based improv marathon; w Aaron Bennett's Electro-Magnetic Transpersonal Orchestra at Duende; w Czech sound artist Lucie Vítková, UK laptopist Joe Snape, + local madman, Bob Marsh, at Berkeley Arts Festival.

Also joining is NYC bassist and computer musician Lisle Ellis. Veteran of 40+ recordings (incl. Down Beat ✰✰✰✰✰ The Ornette Coleman Songbook), he's worked with Paul Bley, Peter Brötzmann, Andrew Cyrille, Anthony Davis, Ben Goldberg, Frank Gratowski, Joëlle Léandre, Rudresh Mahanthappa (ರುದ್ರೇಶ್ ಮಹಂತಪ್ಪ), Myra Melford, Bob Ostertag, William Parker, ROVA Saxophone Quartet, Stefano Scodanibbio, Cecil Taylor, William Winant, Pamela Z, and John Zorn, among many others.

Special guest is saxist/composer/bandleader Aaron Bennett, who's been bending space in Bay Area jazz & improvised music for 15 years+. Also influenced by the music of W. Africa, Indonesia, India, & Japanese gagaku (雅楽), Aaron has collaborated with Wadada Leo Smith, Peter Kowald, JohnButcher, Marco Eneidi, Gianni Gebbia, Adam Lane, Aphrodesia, Lagos-Roots, ROVA Saxophone Quartet and many others.

Arbetslag och musikinstrument:

Biggi Vinkeloe: saxes & flute
Donald Robinson: drums
Joe Lasqo: synth/laptop/percussion
Lisle Ellis: bass+
Aaron Bennett: bari sax


Set 2 (3pm): Medium-Size Band, the collective of Brett Carson, Joshua Marshall, Jon Myers, and Jacob Pek

Formed in 2012, the Oakland-based Medium-Size Band has dedicated itself to the exploration of novel formal structures and directed improvisations. Acting as a composer’s collective in which each member contributes pieces to the pool, the MSB draws on a diverse set of techniques aiming toward group communication and the channeling of creative energy. Each individual member’s unique background contributes to the eclecticism and freedom of movement between different genres and musical perspectives.

Joining them will be the hardest working man in Avant-Joik, multi-saxo-flauto-toyist Rent Romus.

Line-up & instrumentation:

Brett Carson: keyboards
Joshua Marshall: saxes
Jon Myers: drums/percussion
Jacob Pek: guitar + ? ¿ ?
Rent Romus: saxes + ¿ ? ¿


Set 3 (4pm): Ben Goldberg, Sheldon Brown, Vijay Anderson

As Ben Goldberg said in describing this trio's appearance at The Stone as part of his recent week-long NY residency there:

"Vijay Anderson, Sheldon Brown, and I have a weird ability to create things that sound like they were created using some kind of weird ability."

Those who have enjoyed this trio's invention of Oort Cloud Dixieland in their open form trad/space improv sessions at Duende understand how true this is…

…a weird ability to grow a drum-driven forest of intertwoven reed-lines against the sky that sounds like it needed a weird ability to grow...

Line-up & instrumentation:

Vijay Anderson: drums/percussion
Ben Goldberg: clarinets
Sheldon Brown: reeds


SIMM Series

Outsound Presents @ Musicians Union Hall
116 9th St @ Mission

Sunday, Apr 27 2014 7:30 PM

Rent Romus' Lords of Outland 20th Anniversary Celebration Concert + CD Release of "The Proceedings of Dr. Ke"
Featuring Dave Mihaly, Bill Noertker, Philip Everett, Ray Scheaffer, Joshua Marshall, Collette McCaslin, Joshua Allen, Darren Johnston, and Jim Ryan

"Romus' fiery romp is a no-holds barred exposition. He slices through steel with accuracy and ease, equating to a jovial soundscape, scraped with intensifying solos and Everett's colorific cymbals hits. They galvanize your neural system from start to finish, while projecting a take no prisoners approach throughout." - Glenn Astarita, All About Jazz

Saxophonist, composer Rent Romus started the Lords of Outland in 1994 a collective of like-minded musicians focusing on exploring improvisation, melody, noise, and sound art while acknowledging their jazz, rock, and blues roots through active deconstruction. The group has developed original music ranging from unhinged free improvisation to thematic compositional suites inspired by abstract and sociology-political poetry, science fiction, horror, and abstract concepts.

Make-Out Room

3225 22nd St

Monday, May 5 2014 8:00 PM

The Monday Makeout-
FREE/No Cover
-The cutting edge of Bay Area jazz and creative music--in three acts-

8:30pm - Ross Hammond/Alex Jenkins Duo
(powerhouse modern guitar hysterics)

9:30pm - Reconnaissance Fly
Amanda Chaudhary-keyboard, electronics
Larry the O-drums, percussion
Polly Moller-voice, flutes
Richard Lesnik-reeds
Tim Walters-bass, computer
(angular, whimsical avant pop/RIO)

10:30pm - The Lords of Outland
CJ Borosque-no input pedals, trumpet
Philip Everett-drums, eletronics
Ray Schaeffer-electric basses
Rent Romus-reeds, voice electronics
(classic Bay Area free music)

Center for New Music

55 Taylor St

Saturday, May 10 2014 8:00 PM

zBug, lead by David Leikam, will present a custom structured improvisational concert based on architectural and music compositional themes centered around the Center for New Music in San Francisco, California. zBug compositions will explore the sonic atmospheres of being and range from 7 to 10 minutes each.

“diG your music. Eclectic ain’t the word. Film noir multiverse ethnic blade runner desert world. Love it!” – Nivek Ogre, ohGr/Skinny Puppy

David Leikam – moog rogue, electric bass-cello, piano
• Fred Malouf – electric guitar, electronics
Rent Romus – saxophones
Moe! Staiano – drums, percussion

zBug is based in San Francisco, California and presents structured improvisational music sets, based on the performance venue architecture and music compositional themes, featuring select geographical guest members on concert engagements worldwide. They have been associated with Wadada Leo Smith, Hawkwind, Pink Floyd, and Lou Reed’s Metal Machine Trio (MM3).

CDs on which Rent Romus appears:

Guinea Pig/Out of TownLive at the Hotel UtahEdgetone RecordsEDT 4002
Moe! Staiano's MOE!KESTRA!Two Forms of Multitudes: Conducted ImprovisationsPax RecordingsPR90261
PKD Vortex Project Music Inspired by Phil K. DickEdgetone RecordsEDT 4003
Rent Romus' Lords of OutlandAvatar in the FieldEdgetone RecordsEDT 3001
Reverberations From Spring PastDiaz-Infante/Fernandes/Montoya/RomusPax RecordingsPR90281
The AbstractionsArs VivendePax RecordingsPR90260/EDT4019
The AbstractionsNovo NavigatioPax RecordingsPR90275/EDT4027
The AbstractionsSonic ConspiracyEdgetone RecordsEDT4012