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.
Please read the policies here. Contact Rent Romus for booking and all other inquires.

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.

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

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

Upcoming Events:
Sunday, June 24 2018 7:30 PM
7:30 pm Lords of Outland
Philip Everett - drums, percussion, electronic autoharp
Ray Schaeffer - electric basses
Rent Romus - alto, soprano, c-melody saxophones, voice, electronics, toys
8:30 pm Levin/Pontecorvo/Pino/Abrams
Elliott Levin - tenor saxophone,flute, poetry, Mika Pontecorvo- guitar, Mark Pino - drums, Kersti Abrams - alto saxophone,North-African reeds, mbira, Eli Pontecorvo - bass

Elliott Levin returns to the bay area for an improvised music/poetry outing. He will perform with some members of Cartoon Justice he payed with at the Lingua Incognita Session set at the "Soundtrack for Film without Camera" event in Philly in early June.
Elliott was a longtime player in Cecil Taylor's ensembles, and has a history being mentored by and playing with Marshall Allen and John Gilmore from Sun Ra Arkestra. In this role Cartoon Justice takes a tangential approach to avant-jazz, filtering the ideas in harmolodics through more earthy/roots-y even punk aesthetic.

"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. The group has developed original music ranging from unhinged free improvisation to thematic compositional suites inspired by abstract and socio-political poetry, science fiction, horror, and fantasy.  More...

Sunday, July 8 2018 7:30 PM
7:30pm Fluke-Mogul/Weeks Duo
gabby fluke-mogul - violin/Tom Weeks - alto saxophone
8:30pm Noertker's Moxie performs part 2 of Tricycle
Annelise Zamula - alto sax, flute/Brett Carson - piano/Bill Noertker - contrabass/Jason Levis - drums

gabby fluke-mogul is a violinist, improviser, composer, & educator living in Oakland, CA. gabby is deeply committed to exploring & connecting to the spiritual depths, infinite sounds, hues, & multitudinous voices of the acoustic violin. through improvising//composing, gfm hopes to create space for individual & collective intersectional process, intimacy, & vulnerability. they are interested in the sensual nature of sound—how desire & eroticism are embodied & translated within the political & poetic context(s) of improvisation.
gabby holds a BA from Hampshire College (Amherst, MA) in Music & Critical Studies of Childhood, Youth, and Learning where they studied with Rachel Conrad, Marty Ehrlich, Jamie MacDonald, Dan Warner, & Becky Miller and a MFA in Music Performance and Literature with Improvisation Specialization from Mills College (Oakland, CA) where they worked with Pauline Oliveros, Jennifer Wilsey, Zeena Parkins, India Cooke, Fred Frith, Roscoe Mitchell, Kala Ramnath, W.A. Mathieu, & Kara Davis. gabby will complete Pauline Oliveros's Deep Listening Certificate Program in January 2019.
gabby believes in the power of listening, improvisation, babies, children, & kindness. gfm performs with a variety of ensembles & collaborative projects in addition to facilitating community-based workshops & teaching (toddlers-adults) in public, private, & non-profit learning spaces.

Moxie will be performing part two of Bill Noertker's Tricycle, a musical travel diary recounting his recent journeys in the UK and Mexico. Part two reflects on his encounter with Southwest England's Jurassic Coast and the re-invigoration of a friendship that has spanned four decades.  More...

Sunday, August 19 2018 7:30 PM
7:30pm Pikuva Sielu
John Vaughn - saxophones/Robert Kuhlmann - guitars/Mark Pino - percussions
8:30pm Noertker's Moxie performs part 3 of Tricycle
Annelise Zamula - saxes, flute/|Bill Noertker - contrabass/others TBA

Pikuva Sielu came together somewhat haphazardly in Spring of 2018, the result of John Vaughn needing a rhythm section for a trio gig. This new trio consists of Vaughn on woodwinds, Robert Kuhlmann on electric bass, and Mark Pino on drums.

John Vaughn has been involved with the Northern California improvised music community for nearly 20 years. Founding member of COMA, John continues to play in various ensembles and in a wide variety of settings.

Robert Kuhlman was-Born in Nebraska in 1954 and headed West to see the ocean. He inadvertently saw the Beatles on the original Jack Parr show late one night when he woke up to get some water. It was the Black and White film clip from the original Cavern Club in Liverpool. That was it. What ever those guys had goin’ on was what Robert started to pursue. After landing a scholarship to College, Kuhlmann moved to the East Bay to attend what was then called California College of Arts and Crafts. It was here that Kuhlmann was introduced to Ornette Coleman. This was a pivotal meeting. Robert pursued the “Free Jazz” genre and practiced and learned theory and jazz harmony.

Mark Pino has been playing drums in public since the early 1990’s. Mark considers himself a band player, and loves the interaction that comes from playing in creative band situations.

Moxie will be performing part three of Bill Noertker's Tricycle, a musical travel diary recounting his recent journeys in the UK and Mexico. Part three reflects on the circular nature of time as seen through the prism of his repeated encounters with the work of Leonora Carrington in London, Mexico City, and San Francisco.  More...