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
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 1 2016 8:00 PM
8:00 pm neem (gabby fluke-mogul and k. kipperman)
9:00 pm Shannon Hayden - cello/electronics

Ground breaking cellist, Shannon Hayden, began playing cello at the age of 7 and over the next several years she studied and competed both nationally and internationally. Her playing attracted the attention of acclaimed cellists Janos Starker and Aldo Parisot, who invited her to enroll in the Yale School of Music at 18 to begin graduate studies. While there she concentrated primarily on 20th century music and had the opportunity to work with contemporary composers Ezra Laderman and David Lang. Interest in furthering the range and the future role of her instrument continued and even eclipsed her interest in traditional cello works. Reluctant to accept offers from recognized and established groups after graduation Shannon released her second album, Solid State Cello, combining both classical and pop elements.

Shannon Hayden's third album, walks a thin line between avant experimental and more accessible themes. Her sound has been described as an emotionally charged journey through surreal, sonic landscapes. She performs her own compositions around the world while also providing multi-instrumental work for the Asthmatic Kitty Records artist Lily and Madeleine.

gabby fluke-mogul is a performing, teaching, composing & collaborating-improviser based out of the bay area. gabby has existed as a violin-body in south florida, western massachusetts, & the wider new england area. in addition to performing solo acoustic violin-body improvisations, gfm collaborates with local & touring ensembles, thesis performances, facilitates community-based workshops, & teaches in public, private, & non-profit learning spaces. gfm has performed in & with a variety of ensembles, installations, bodies, & instrument bodies. gabby is presently studying with fred frith, zeena parkins, roscoe mitchell, india cooke, & pauline oliveros at mills college in the MFA program for performance & literature with improvisation specialization.

k. kipperman is an experimental music composer, improvisor, teacher, listener, sounder, vegan, multi-media artist, writer, crafter, and more. Originally hailing from New Hampshire, they also lived for a time in Berlin, Germany, but now reside in western Massachusetts teaching and working in the Hampshire College Music Department. k will begin in the MA in [music] composition program at Mills College in Oakland, CA in the fall of 2015. Inspired by something, everything, and sometimes even nothing, k is always thinking about what it means to be connected to and critical of one’s own identity and privilege within music, sound, noise, composition, art, communities, and everything else in the entire world (also outer space).  More...

Thursday, September 15 2016 8:00 PM
8pm Oa (Matt Davignon & Hugh Behm-Steinberg - voice sampling)
9pm Daniel Blomquist (electronics) & Aria Rostami

Oa is a collaboration between writer Hugh Behm-Steinberg and experimental musician Matt Davignon. Using CDs, tapes and samples from a growing pool of speakers, Oa breaks spoken language down to abstract sound elements, which are then improvised into musical textures and passages.
https://edgetonerecords.bandcamp.com/album/oa

Daniel Blomquist has been recording with the experimental sound trio 15 Degrees Below Zero since 2001. He currently is working with tape manipulation; eroding away the production of recorded music and field recordings.
https://danielblomquist.bandcamp.com/
https://glacialmovements.bandcamp.com/album/wandering-eye  More...

Thursday, September 22 2016 8:00 PM
8pm: Christopher Whitley - violin/electronics
9pm: Travis Johns (electronics) and Alex Cantona (cello)

Canadian violinist Christopher Whitley is an engaging and versatile performer. From Baroque music to free jazz Christopher is committed to exploring and performing music of all styles. He is a dedicated chamber musician and collaborates regularly with young composers in both the Bay Area and Canada.
He is a founding member of the Thalea String Quartet, the first quartet-in-residence at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. The Thalea String Quartet has performed recitals in the US, Canada and Italy and has collaborated with members of the St. Lawrence and Borromeo Quartets. During their residency at the Banff Centre in June of 2015 they worked with renowned chamber musicians Gilbert Kalish, Alasdair Tait and Mark Steinberg. He studied composition at McGill with composer Chris Paul Harman and has worked with a number of esteemed improvisers including Lori Freedman, Malcolm Goldstein, Iva Bittova and Marc Ribot.

Alex Cantona:
Born and raised in Romania, Alex started his early artistic endeavors playing classical cello and studying composition; throughout his ensuing career a number of key encounters/influences with the work of artists such as Ornette Coleman, Jackson Pollock, John Coltrane, Derek Bailey, Bill Dixon, Edward Kienholz, Ken Jacobs, Keiji Haino and Andrei Tarkovski helped helped him begin forging his own path and his own improvisational idiom, a task to which he diligently applies himself to the present day. Under his own name, Alex has composed and performed in dozens of interdisciplinary theatre and film projects and collaborated with such artists as Samir Akika, Markus Michailovski, Norbert Steinwartz, Janet Archer, Lorca Renoux, Alfredo Catania, Hans Klohe, Hernan Jimenez and Jose Arce.

Travis Johns is a sound artist and educator currently residing in Baltimore, Md. As an improvisor, he performs primarily on laptop and electronic instruments of his own design; with studies in the field conducted under the tutelage of Fred Frith, Joelle Leandre and Butch Morris, among others. Active in the Bay Area experimental music scene for several years, Johns moved to Costa Rica in 2011 where he concentrated primarily on building instruments for himself and others – something that he has continued to do since his return to the United States under the nom de plume of VauxFlores. He holds a B.M. in Technology in Music and Related Arts from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, studies conducted with Tom Lopez, as well as an MFA from Mills College in Electronic Music and Recording Media, studies conducted with Chris Brown, Les Stuck and Hilda Paredes. He has participated in residencies at such places as the Atlantic Center for the Arts and RPI’s Create @ iEar, and has had work featured by el Museo Centroamericano de Arte Video (MUCEVI), the Electronic Music Foundation, Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA), and the Bienarte 8 Costa Rican Biennial, and the 2013 Biennial of the Central American Isthmus (BAVIC).  More...

Thursday, September 29 2016 8:00 PM
NorCal Noise Fest San Francisco
AUME (featuring Scot Jenerik & Aleph from F-Space/Chrome)
CHER VON (experimental vocalist from Kentucky)
MIA ZABELKA (violinist from Vienna,AUSTRAI!!)
PHOG MASHEEEN (wacky noise from Orange County)
plus a special appearance by
TATSUYA NAKATANI / Phillip Greenlief DUO  More...

Thursday, October 20 2016 8:00 PM
Live Looping Festival  More...

Thursday, November 3 2016 8:00 PM
8pm Portrait Maker
9pm Marshall/Wallace/Bafus
Joshua Marshall, tenor and soprano sax
Eli Wallace, keyboard
Jon Bafus, drumset

Pianist/composer Eli Wallace, having recently relocated to Brooklyn New York plays in groups ranging from straight-ahead jazz, to indie-rock, to free improvisation, to classical music. Recently he performed a commissioned work at Jazz at Lincoln Center, New York, NY and Oberlin Dance Conservatory, San Francisco, CA with dancer/choreographer Randee Paufve. He was also awarded Honorable Mention after submitting his piece “Influx Rebellion” to the EarShot Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute Readings. His musical education was granted by Lawrence University, Appleton WI, and New England Conservatory, Boston, MA, where he completed a Bachelor’s of Music, and a Master’s of Music, respectively.

Joshua Marshall is an Oakland-based saxophonist and composer/improviser. His work involves architectural innovation, narrativity, systematic improvisatory practice, and live digital media. He has studied with Roscoe Mitchell, Fred Frith, Pauline Oliveros, Evan Parker, Zeena Parkins, Butch Rovan, I.M. Harjito, and Steve Adams of the ROVA Saxophone Quartet. Joshua has played and/or recorded with Opera Wolf, The Lords of Outland, Architect/Enchantress, Bill Noertker's Moxie, Medium Sized Band, ELL3, Cheer Accident, Josh Allen's Deconstruction Orchestra, Key West, Mister Sister, Ikue Mori, Robocop, the Andrew Weathers Ensemble, Modest Machine, and MDK. His music has been featured in festivals and conferences nationwide, including Providence Pixilerations events, the 2010 International Computer Music Conference and 2013's Outsound Summit. Joshua graduated from Brown University, earning a B.A. through the MEME program, and holds an M.F.A. in music from Mills College.

Jon Bafus is a Drummer, Percussionist, Band Leader and general creator of things. Born and raised in the foothills of California’s Sierra Nevada mountains, he now resides in Sacramento as his home base. With interests in both structure and chaos (and the spectrum in between), Bafus has been involved with many musical projects over the years, leaning in one or both of those directions. His main focus lies within his band Gentleman Surfer, which was founded as a solo project in 2006, and has since grown into a fully functioning four man unit. other current projects include a percussion duo with Kevin Corcoran, known as Invasive Species, as well as various collaborations with Sacramento Guitarist Ross Hammond. Past Projects include Afternoon Brother, Sholi, Sol + Jon = Yes, Genetic Makeup, and Good News Bears. Bafus has also taken part in many Improvisational Collaborations with great players such as Carson McWhirter, Nick Reinhart, and Tony Passarell.

Portrait Maker is an improvising chamber ensemble that experiments with time and space. The group combines elements of theater and dance with sublime yet intricately complex music.
Roger Kim is a jazz guitarist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He currently leads the experimental chamber music ensemble, Portrait Maker, in addition to playing in a number of groups and projects ranging from straight-ahead jazz to 50's R&B.
Roger approaches music with the understanding that it is a language. By playing with expectations, rhythm and impulses, tension and release, music bypasses the specificity of words and reaches straight into the human psyche. Shaped by a background in classical form and orchestration, modern compositional techniques, and jazz harmony, Roger's playing, in addition to his compositions and arrangements, ask questions, take journeys, and evoke sentiments.
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