Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community

                 

SIMM Series @ The Musicians Union Hall

116 9th St @ Mission
San Francisco CA   
Click for Photos of the Luggage Store Series
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 society. 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 general $8 students & seniors
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
6:00pm 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
$35 flat from door to the Musicians Union Hall the balance split between sets.
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, December 7 2014 7:30 PM
7:30 PM United Separatists
Drew Wheeler, guitar & things, Timothy Orr, drums & stuff
8:30 PM Rent Romus' Lords of Outland
Collette McCaslin - trumpet, Philip Everett - drums, Ray Scheaffer - bass, Rent Romus - alto saxophone
Special Guest Josh Allen - tenor saxophone
CD release performance of music from 'Lords O Leaping' from Edgetone Records


"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.

Throughout the the groups rich history it's core roster has changed numerous times featuring guests such as Vinny Golia, John Tchicai, Hasan Razzaq, LA Jenkins, and Josh Allen recording 11 albums and performing throughout the West Coast of the United States.
Rent Romus is a force spanning over 25 years of D.I.Y. music production curating over 80 shows a year for the new music avant garde and jazz communities as well as leading several groups from rolicking jazz to free abstract chamber music, to sounds tracks for film and dance. Ray Schaeffer has performed in a diverse array of ensembles from full orchestra to folk rock bands, and experimental improv groups going back to the 1970s. Philip Everett found his mettle in Bartok, Debussy, and Gershwin as well as New Orleans style 2nd line marches. Armed with an array of teachings Phillip, became the leader of various groups over the years starting in 1967 to present crossover experimental country, free jazz, and avant rock. When Collette McCaslin (formerly CJ Borosque) isn't writing poetry, making videos, or painting abstract art, she's blening noise and melody through no-input analoge pedal systems and trumpet. Her fascinations include, art, cooking, sound, noise, sculpture (sonic and tactile), Installations, silent films, avant-garde films and videos, modern, impressionist and surrealist art, jazz, world and classical music.
Other Lords of Outland members include James Zitro, Kash Killion, Jason Olain, Vytas Nagisetty, Andrew Borger, Bill Noertker, John Tchicai, David Mihaly, Toyoji Tomita, Joel Harrison, Tom Nunn, Doug Carroll, Andre Custodio, Jesse Quattro, Jonas Muller, Jim Ryan, Darren Johnston, Damon Smith, and Vinny Golia.

Drew Wheeler learned to play guitar in a wind cave in South Dakota, one string at a time. When not chasing the sounds of empty chasms and cosmic dust, he can be seen and/or heard counting furiously in Free Salamander Exhibit.
Timothy Orr’s schizophrenic drumming ethos can be heard nearly continuously throughout the Bay Area--from jazz, rockabilly and zydeco bands to the avant-garde--in what can be described as musical self-medication to combat work-related PTSD.
Wheeler and Orr made their performance debut together at the 2014 Erik Satie Vexations marathon in Berkeley. United Separatists is the outcropping of that musical adventure. Wheeler, a graduate of UC Berkeley, is armed with lucrative advanced degree from UC Davis in Music Composition and Theory. Orr, a Wesleyan University English major with a useful and exciting background in Medieval and Renaissance literature, was also a student of Edward Blackwell.
United Separatists seeks to bring together and alienate audiences simultaneously by exploring Can & Can’t, Us & Them, and Yes & No.  More...