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, 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, October 26 2017 8:00 PM
On First: Flourescent Grey (electronics)
On Second: Agnes Szelag (cello/voice/electronics) and Kanoko Nishi-Smith (koto)
On Third: KREation Ensemble

Agnes Szelag is a composer, performer (cello and vocals), and multi-media installation artist. Transformation is often a theme in her work as she creates spaces that connect the tangible with the intangible, interactive schemes that ride the line between composition and improvisation, and electronic textures that are both delicate and dark. Her solo EP No Summer or Winter on Aphonia was hailed as “a distinctive voice in the electro-acoustic field” by Textura, and “gorgeous” by XLR8R. Her most recent release as myrmyr with Marielle Jakobsons The Amber Sea on Digitalis (2009) as was named by Boomkat as “one of the most unique and absorbing albums we’ve heard this year,” and made their top 100 for 2009. Her duo with The Norman Conquest, Dokuro, is described by THE WIRE as “discreetly sculptured.” Agnes Szelag has also recently formed Evon and released a debut record The Bees Are Coming.

Kanoko Nishi-Smith is a performer currently based in SF/Bay Area. Though classically trained on piano, receiving a BA in Classical Music Performance from Mills College, her recent interest has primarily been in performing 20th century and contemporary musical compositions for piano as well as for koto (Japanese 13-string zither), and free-improvisation in various different contexts, with musicians, as well as dancers, poets, and visual artists.

KREation Ensemble:
Steeped in the study of the powers of vibration, KREation is lead by Bay Area via Baltimore saxophonist/composer Kevin Robinson. Formed in 2003. The group performs in a variety of instrumentation and configurations- from a 12 piece band to a quartet, trios, duets to solo etc. The group has performed at various festivals, jazz clubs, concert venues and art galleries throughout the US.  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...

Thursday, November 16 2017 8:00 PM
8:00) Benjamin Tinker
9:00) Gretchen Jude, Kevin Corcoran, Matt Davignon trio

Benjamin Ethan Tinker (New York, 1969) is a multidisciplinary artist and electronic musician who has lived in San Francisco since 1996. He chooses to work primarily with analog synthesizers with which he composes electroacoustic music, and performs regularly with the improv ensembles White Pee, The Heroic Trio & Poles of Interest. In addition, he curates and writes about experimental music. He has a BFA in Sculpture from SUNY Purchase and a MFA in Electronic Music from Mills College, between those degrees was a decade of commercial audio engineering.

Gretchen inhabits the liminal spaces between natural & artificial, tradition & experimentation, self & other; she tends to wander various borderlands of contemporary experience. Improvisatory interaction with the immediate environment forms the core of her musical practice. As a composer, she approaches music composition as 'a channel for the desire to sing' (to paraphrase Joel Ryan paraphrasing William Forsythe). Her work aims to synthesize and harmonize personal, embodied experience with the rapid changes in culture and machinery that both empower and impinge upon us.

Kevin Corcoran is a percussionist and field recordist with an open interest in sound as medium as it moves through contexts of art, music, ecology, and communication. As a drummer and percussionist he is most interested in techniques which extend the sonic possibilities of the instrument emphasizing textural sound, sympathetic vibration, sustained tones without audible attack and the use of found objects. As a field recordist he gathers sounds in urban and rural locations. These sonic environments are presented, as encountered or edited and manipulated, displaced from their origins with an intent to create temporary, imagined acoustic places and are often combined with or serve as inspiration to his work with percussion.

Matt Davignon’s music is “fragile and gorgeous and stubbornly weird,” according to the SF Bay Guardian. He’s best known for combining drum machine and/or pre-recorded voices with a variety of electronic processing devices to create shifting layers of organic and expressive sounds. His music is inspired by field recordings, natural sound phenomena, irregular and imperfect rhythms, and psychedelic, drone and space music.  More...

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