Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community

                 

Luggage Store Creative Music Series

1007 Market Street
San Francisco California   



Thursdays 8-10pm
Admission $6-15 sliding scale
All ages welcome, no one refused for lack of funds.

The LSG Creative Music Series is the longest standing experimental music series in the Bay Area, with weekly Thursday night shows since 1991. The venue aims to be a welcoming, inclusive space for musicians of all backgrounds and levels - from artists trying a new project in public for the first time to well-known international acts. Founded by LSG Gallery Directors Laurie Lazer and Darryl Smith, the series has been curated by several Bay Area musicians. Since 2002 it's been curated by Outsound Presents and local improvisers/sound artists Rent Romus and Matt Davignon. They present a wide cross section of sound artists from every experimental genre.

The series is an artist-run, grass-roots DIY effort that relies on volunteers. Please join us in setting up chairs, curtain, lights, sound once a week, and contact Outsound Presents to get involved in marketing and project coordination.

The Luggage Store Gallery is a non-profit corporation funded by the City of San Francisco, grants, and your contributions. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday, Noon to 5pm. For gallery information call 415-255-5971.


BOOKING
The majority of our booking occurs when an artist contacts us. Please read the policies here. Contact Rent Romus for booking and all other inquires.










Principle
Artist-run, volunteer, grass-roots DIY effort with little money and extraordinary results
Type of Music Presented
Experimental: new sonic, improvised, noise, electronic, lowercase, avant-jazz, outrock, 21st century composition, and sonic art.
Format

Weekly on Thursday Nights 8-10pm
Usually two or three acts per night

7:00pm Setup, 7:15-7:45 Sound check
8:15pm Set One (45 min)
9:15pm Set Two (45 min)

or

7:00pm Setup, 7:15-7:45 Sound check
8:10pm Set One (30min)
8:40pm Set Two (30 min)
9:25pm Set Three (30 min)

Booking Lead Time
Two to four months in advance
Terms & Policy
70% of door equally split between sets. 30% of door goes toward rental of the space. We volunteer our time and efforts to running the show. One comp admission per artist.

No Open Rehearsals: Please prepare for your concert prior to the scheduled date.

Luggage Store is an art gallery. We will not book acts that would endanger the series for future artists Destructive Performance Art is not allowed as well as Power tools, or destructive devices of any type including fire or fume generators. This is a no smoking environment (includes incense and other forms of smoking).
Facility and Equipment
We have a simple PA (mixer and 2 speakers, 2 mic stands, 2 mics), as well as tables and power strips. If you plan to use the PA, please bring the cables you would need to plug in. We can take mono 1/4" cables or XLR.
With enough notice, we may be able to secure a video projection surface. Max Capacity 75 (standing room)
We Do Not Have
Piano, projector, green room
We Cannot Provide
We cannot provide a guaranteed payment minimum, hotel accommodations, transportation, rehearsal space/time, or a dedicated sound person. (We will set up the PA and help you sound check, but if you need someone to stand in different parts of the room and set custom EQ, then it's a good idea to bring your own person.)
Location/Parking/Loading

Located on Market Street near Taylor 1 block from Powell Street BART station, and several San Francisco buses stop right outside. Parking is best on 6th, Taylor or Golden Gate. Stay out of alleys. Loading in by double parking on Market is risky - you can get ticketed. We recommended using a cart for transporting equipment so you can park, load up your cart, and trek on over to the space. Be ready for 30 stairs, there is no elevator.
Questions?, please email us

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



http://www.outsound.org

Upcoming Events:
Thursday, September 28 2017 8:00 PM
8:00 pm Sahba Sizdahkhani - santour, drums
9:15 pm PC Muñoz -electronics/drumset/poetry
Karl Evangelista - electric guitar


San Francisco recording artist/producer/drummer PC Muñoz's genre-defying projects are stylistically broad and deep, revealing a sonic explorer equally at home with contemporary classical, funk, hip-hop, folk, world music, poetry, free-jazz, art installations, and modern dance productions. His partnership with composer/cellist/longtime Kronos Quartet member Joan Jeanrenaud has yielded three highly acclaimed projects: the GRAMMY-nominated Strange Toys, the iTunes-charting Pop-Pop, and the art-inspired Visual Music. A frequent collaborator, PC has also recorded and/or performed with rock legend Jackson Browne, dream-pop poet/chanteuse Ingrid Chavez, Prince and the Revolution synth wizard Dr. Fink, Kulintang master Danny Kalanduyan, sonic surrealists Broun Fellinis, woodwinds renegade Kyle Bruckmann, Oakland emcee/pianist phenom Kev Choice, vocalist Jennifer Kreisberg of the legendary Native American group Ulali, Emmy-winning composer/virtuoso Van-Anh Vanessa Vo ,jaw-dropping cellist Alex Kelly, and countless other musicians and recording artists.
Filipino-American guitarist/composer Karl Evangelista ranks among a new wave of creative musicians grounded in jazz, 20th century experimentalism, and popular song, exploring the place of multiculturalism and ethnic co-existence in an increasingly post-cultural, trans-idiomatic cultural space. Signal to Noise magazine hails Evangelista as "one of the most original instrumentalists and composers of his generation," and as the creative force behind boundary breaking group Grex, Evangelista has been called "essential current-and-future listening," his music "a near-seamless blend of modern jazz, contemporary structuralist composition, indie rock, and blues rock” (Tiny Mix Tapes). This complex, powerful aesthetic fosters an “otherworldly experience” that is “completely original” (Eugene Weekly).

Iranian musician Sahba Sizdahkhani serves as a unique crossroad of East meets West. Inspired heavily by 1960’s free-jazz and Persian Traditional Music, he constantly channels the fire-energy and longing for connectivity that these two stormy histories represent.
Sahba began drums at the age of 12, and santour, an ancient string instrument, several years later. A momentous breakthrough resulted upon hearing The John Coltrane Quartet for the first time, making him a stalwart believer in free improvisation as the only means to attaining maximum expansion, revelation, and flight during performance.
Sahba has recorded with artists on the imprints of Dischord Records, Southern Lord, and Drag City, and has appeared live with Peter Brotzmann, Devendra Banhart, Miho Hatori (Cibo Matto), Marc Ribot, Eli Keszler, and Mary Halvorson. He completed a Bachelor of Arts at The University of Maryland in Art History and Archeology as well as in Jazz Performance at Berklee College of Music.
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Thursday, October 5 2017 8:00 PM
Puppy Surprise Improv Derby Night!

Come to the venue with instruments ready to play. We'll draw artists' names out of a plush Puppy Surprise's velcro belly, to make quartets for short sets.  More...

Thursday, October 12 2017 8:00 PM
8:15pm: Fathers (Derek Gedalecia & Nathan Bowers - noise & classical guitar)
8:45pm: Forest Management (drones from Chicago)
9:30pm: Felisha Ledesma (samplers/electronics)

Forest Management is John Daniel, an American musician currently living and working in Chicago, Illinois. The project was created in 2011 in Daniel’s hometown of Westlake, Ohio, with the installation of a recording work for the Walter R. Schuele Planetarium. Since 2014, Forest Management has released music on labels such as Constellation Tatsu, Amethyst Sunset, and Lillerne, and has toured and collaborated with a number of different artists including Earthen Sea, LXV, Skin Graft, and Celer. Daniel also manages and curates the music and film label Sequel, which focuses on short film DVDs and limited CD editions.
https://forestmanagement.bandcamp.com


Felisha Ledesma is an interdisciplinary artist and organizer based in Portland, Oregon. Ledesma is the Director of S1, an artist run space that focuses on experimental sound, critical contemporary art, and access to education through programs such as the Synth Library – the first ever of its kind. Through the Synth Library and other resources, S1 is able to provide engaging and low-cost workshops, open gear use hours, and artist-in-residence programs all within the framework of non-traditional learning environments that focus on skill-sharing and co-learning. In her personal practice, Ledesma creates cathartic and minimal sound collages using field recordings, synthesizers, tapes, and voice.  More...

Thursday, October 19 2017 8:00 PM
8:00pm John Bischoff (electronics)
8:40pm Ctrl-Z
Ryan Page, Daniel Steffey, Nick Wang (electronics)
9:20 RTD3
Tom Nunn - inventions, Ron Heglin- voice/brass, Doug Carroll - cello

John Bischoff (b. 1949) is an early pioneer of live computer music. He is known for his solo constructions in real-time synthesis as well as his development of computer network music. Bischoff studied composition with Robert Moran, James Tenney, Robert Ashley, and David Behrman. He has been active in the experimental music scene in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 40 years as a composer, performer, and teacher. His performances around the US include NEW MUSIC AMERICA festivals in 1981 and 1989, Roulette and Experimental Intermedia in New York, and Lampo in Chicago to name a few. He has performed in Europe at the Festival d'Automne in Paris, Akademie der Künste in Berlin, STEIM in Amsterdam, and Fylkingen in Stockholm among other places. He is a founding member of the League of Automatic Music Composers, the world's first computer network band, and co-authored an article on the League's music that appears in Foundations of Computer Music (MIT Press 1985). From 1985 to the present he has performed and recorded with the network band The Hub. In 1999 he received a $25,000 award from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts in New York in recognition of his music. He was also named a recipient of an Alpert Award/Ucross Residency Fellowship in 2002. In 2004, noted media theorist Douglas Kahn published A Musical Technography of John Bischoff in the Leonardo Music Journal (Vol. 14, MIT Press). Two important retrospective CD packages documenting computer network music were released in 2007 and 2008: The League of Automatic Music Composers: 1978-1983 (New World Records) and 3-CD set of recordings by The Hub titled Boundary Layer (Tzadik). Recordings of his work are also available on Lovely Music, 23Five, Centaur, and Artifact Recordings. A solo CD titled Audio Combine was released a few years ago on New World Records and was picked as one of the "Best of the Year 2012" by WIRE magazine. Bischoff was also listed in Nate Wooley's "guide to American weirdos" (WIRE, July 2016). He is Professor of Music at Mills College in Oakland, California. http://www.johnbischoff.com/

Ctrl-Z is an electronics trio made up of Ryan Page, Daniel Steffey, and Nick Wang. Using an array of modular synthesizers, computers, homemade circuitry, junk, and other performers, they play composed material written, or adapted for, live electronics and video; often bringing in other performers to participate in their realizations. They are currently accepting new pieces submitted by composers, as well as realizing more classic works by pioneers of the genre.  More...

Thursday, November 2 2017 8:00 PM
8:00 pm Song & Dance Trio Karl Evangelista-guitar, Cory Wright-reeds, Jordan Glenn-drums
9:00 pm Arma Agharta (from Lithuania) - voice/electronics/toys




Arma Agharta is a sound performance artist and promoter from Lithuania devoted to improvised and
experimental music. Since 2006 he has organized more than a 100 events in Lithuania and did more than 300
performances all around the world: from Brazil to Philippines, from Siberia to California, from Greenland to
Moldova.
His intense and high energy shows span a broad territory between the eruptions of chaotic noise and hypnotic
psychedelic ritual to dadaist humour, odd bodily movements, spontaneous improvised games and the voice,
detached from meaning and turning into unintelligible glossolalia
https://soundcloud.com/arma_agharta
http://www.arma.lt/p/videos.html  More...

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