Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community

                 

SIMM Series @ The Musicians Union Hall

116 9th St @ Mission
San Francisco CA   

The Static Illusion Methodical Madness Music Series is a musician run bi-monthly music performance series bringing highly professional and truly adventurous music that would not normally be heard or supported by mainstream presenters. Since 2001 the SIMM Series has been curated by Outsound Presents and local improvisers/composers/sound artists Rent Romus and Bill Noertker. They present a cross section of sound artists and musicians from the experimental improvisation and composition genres.
Alternate Sundays 7:30-10pm
Admission $10-15 sliding scale (unless otherwise stated)
All ages welcome.
The series is an artist-run, grass-roots DIY effort that relies on volunteers. Please contact Outsound Presents to get involved in marketing and project support.
Outsound Presents is a 501(c)3 non-profit volunteer collective of explorative sound artists who support the SF Bay Area new and experimental music scene.
BOOKING
Please read the policies here. Contact Rent Romus for booking and all other inquires.














Principle
Artist-run, volunteer, grass-roots DIY effort
Type of Music Presented
Experimental: new sonic, improvised, noise, electronic, lowercase, avant and improv jazz (most styles), outrock, 21st century composition, and sonic art. See artist list below.
Format

Bi-monthly on Sunday Nights 7:30-10pm
Two acts per night
6:15pm Load-in Setup 7:00pm Door opens

Performances although scheduled for 7:30 may start around 7:45 depending on audience participation.

Booking Lead Time Two to three months in advance
Terms & Policy
100% paid to performing artists.
One comp admission per artist.
No Open Rehearsals. Please be prepared prior to your concert.
No Power tools, or destructive devices of any type allowed. No fire or fume generating devices unless under a controlled environment and is 100% non-toxic. No smoking of any kind allowed in the space.
Facility and Equipment
Sound studio, three tables, seats approx 35.

Piano, drum kit with stands(no cymbals), music stands
Location

Tiny storefront on 9th Street near Market
about 2 blocks from Civic Center Street BART station.
Parking on Sundays is free and normally available along the street. 9th Street is a one way street in the northerly direction.

Do Not Have
Projector, microphones, instrument cables, power strips, sound system
Do Not Provide
No guaranteed payment, guest passes, hotel accomodations, transportation, or a sound person.

(rehearsals should be facilitated by the groups on their own time)
To Book a Gig
Check calendar for date availability.
Submit performance description with proposed dates, brief artist bios, website information and links to audio/video to Rent Romus
Past Performers
Over the course of its Thursday night concerts, the series has presented hundreds of artists drawn from a vanguard roster, among them Biggi Vinkeloe, Cash Killion, Henry Kaiser, Fred Frith, Gino Robair, Wolfgang Fuchs, Karen Stackpole, Gianni Gebbia, Oluyemi Thomas, Eddie Gale, Jim Ryan, Dina Emerson, Jack Wright, Rent Romus, CJ Borosque, Danielle DeGruttola, Bob Marsh, Shoko Hikage, Xome, Randy Yau, Stimbox, and countless others both local and international.

Audience Feedback
"This series in the Musicians Union Hall, 116 9th St @ Mission, SF, reminds me of cozy parties among friends at my favorite yakitori joint, nestled under the Shimbashi Bridge in Tokyo in the night rain… from the outside a few hints of warm light and laughter, on the inside a serious good time. The difference is that, unlike the yakitori joint, the SIMM Series is a spaceship that travels to other musical dimensions.
An acoustic-centered sister of the Luggage Store Series, SIMM has brought the best cutting-edge acoustic jazz and avant-garde musicians in and out of the Bay Area to SF audiences and delivered one musical adventure after another. It's my honor to return to this series."
-Joe Lasqo, pianist
http://www.outsound.org

Upcoming Events:
Sunday, August 6 2017 7:30 PM
7:30 The Hung Professionals
Tom Weeks - alto saxophone, Nathan Corder - guitar, Scott Siler - drums
8:30 Rent Romus' Life's Blood Ensemble
Joshua Marshall - tenor saxophone, Heikki Koskinen - e-trumpet/flutes, Rent Romus - alto saxophone, flutes
Safa Shokrai - double bass, Max Judelson - double bass, Timothy Orr - drums/percussion

Tom Weeks is a composer, improviser, and saxophonist from the San Francisco Bay Area, CA. He has received a Bachelor's degree in Jazz Composition from Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA, and a Master's degree in Composition from Mills College, Oakland, CA. He has studied with Roscoe Mitchell, Fred Frith, Zeena Parkins, Pauline Oliveros, Chris Brown, Steve Adams, Richard Evans, Phil Wilson, and Greg Hopkins, among others. His music is influenced by various African-American musical traditions, the historical avant-garde, and the heavy metal and hardcore traditions; utilizing improvisation, extended techniques, and traditional and experimental notational practices. He has worked with musicians such as Alvin Curran, Makoto Kawabata, Walter Thompson, Vinny Golia, William Winant, members of the ROVA saxophone quartet, and Henry Kaiser, among many others.


Life's Blood pay tribute as well as bring to light, reinvent, deconstruct, and breathe life into the deeper realms of their collective body of memory performing original music, as well as contemporary local and international composers. Created in 1999 by saxophonist Rent Romus while on tour in Northern Europe, the group currently features drummer Timothy Orr along with a rotating cast of guest performers from the San Francisco Bay Area.
Their latest album Rising Colossus released in 2016 "offers an incisive and often exhilarating glimpse at a scene that Romus has played an essential role in shaping. The LBE dives headlong into a disparate array of compositions, opening and closing the album with very different works inspired by epic tales..." (Andrew Gilbert SF Chron)
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Sunday, August 20 2017 7:30 PM
7:30pm Shen-Wen Duo
Sophia Shen - pipa; Gabby Wen - guqin
8:30pm Noertker's Moxie
Annelise Zamula - alto sax, flute; Masaru Koga - tenor sax, flute; Bill Noertker - contrabass; Jason Levis - drums  More...

Sunday, October 1 2017 7:30 PM
7:30pm The Lost Shapes
Jason Levis - drums/Kasey Knudsen - alto sax/Darren Johnston - trumpet/Safa Shokrai - bass/Mark Clifford - vibes
8:30pm NoOi
Mark Oi - electric guitar, compositions/Bill Noertker - electric bass, compositions  More...