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, 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 Tricycle, part 3: Leonora
Annelise Zamula - alto sax, flute/Josh Marshall - tenor sax/Bill Noertker - contrabass/Dave Mihaly - drums

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...

Sunday, August 26 2018 7:30 PM
7:30 Pitta of the Mind
Maw Shein Win - poetry
Amanda Chaudhary - keyboard/electronics

8:30 Anbian/Robinson/Romus
Robert Anbian - poetry
Rent Romus - saxophones/flutes
Donald Robinson - drums

Maw Shein Win's writing has appeared in many journals and several anthologies, including MARY: A Journal of New Writing, Cimarron Review, Poetry International, Fanzine, and others. Along with Amanda Chaudhary, she is part of musical duo Pitta of the Mind that combines poetry with abstract electronic music. Win's most recent poetry chapbook Score and Bone is on Nomadic Press. Her full-length collection Invisible Gifts: Poems was published by Manic D Press and was a City Lights Books bestselling paperback. She is the first poet laureate of El Cerrito.

Will explore the intersection between the inner and outer reaches of what is means to seek and nurture one's haven.
Robert Anbian, second generation beat poet and rabble rouse, writes about sex, politics, seas and oceans, city streets, deserts, war, love, music, highways, petty larceny, ecstasy, childhood, death, memories. His poems and stories are populated with the poor, lost, exiled, angry, crazy in love, and intoxicated. “We, the chaos people/ the pre-manufactured people….” His syntax is mangled, his narrative a montage. He has little use for metaphor. He means exactly what he says. His texts are homespun, esoteric, oddly familiar and strange. He’s discovering the music in language, in thought, in the cortex of consciousness.
That Anbian, a leading voice in the San Francisco poetry underground, isn’t more widely known is as much a tribute to his “odd man out” obstinacy as to the usual reluctance of society to deal with its critics.
“Anbian is a raw mixture of poet, preacher, seer, and rebel... generally these poems are unlike anything else on the market.” — Choice
Donald Robinson first studied classical percussion at the New England Conservatory. During the early 1970's he served his musical apprenticeship in the jazz world of Paris, studying with Kenny Clarke and playing with Alan Silva, Anthony Braxton, Oliver Lake and Bobby Few among many others. He first played with Spearman as a duet partner during this period in Paris, an association which continued through various configurations and many recordings until the saxophonist's death in 1998.
Robinson is currently playing in many configurations with a broad range of musicians throughout Europe and the US.  More...

Sunday, September 9 2018 7:30 PM
7:30pm Recent music by Ric Louchard
Ric Louchard - piano/John Worley - trumpet and flugelhorn/Dan Magay - flute and saxophones
8:30pm Noertker's Moxie performs Tricycle, part 1: Amor Fati
Annelise Zamula - alto sax, flute/Brett Carson - piano/Bill Noertker - contrabass/Jordan Glenn - drums

Ric Louchard's music combines improvisation, written out music, surprisingly personal stories and a little audience participation. He aims to create deeply expressive music and experiences.

John Worley has played in many of the San Francisco Bay Area's creative music ensembles, as well as on over 70 recordings and videos. Being adept at a multitude of styles, John has played with and backed up national and international artists in North America, Europe, and Central America such as Mel Torme, Ella Fitzgerald, Don Byron, Wayne Shorter with the Monterey Jazz Festival Chamber Orchestra, the Carla Bley and Steve Swallow Big Band, Wayne Wallace, Jon Jang, the Asian American Orchestra, Dave Pell Octet, Pete and Sheila Escovedo, Malo, and Lila Downs.

Dan Magay moved back to the Bay Area from New York in 2005 and has been performing with a wide array of groups spanning vast ranges of styles and sounds, including the Fil Lorenz Jazz Orchestra, the Contemporary Jazz Orchestra, Funky Buela, The Avatar Ensemble, the Marcus Shelby Jazz Orchestra, the Ernie Smalls Jazz Orchestra, Chester Smith, Donald Bailey, as well as groups of his own such as the Wind Up Trio. Presently Dan is studying classical Indian music with Satish Gadagkar.

Noertker's 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 1: Amor Fati recounts the London leg of his journey and explores the re-invigoration of a friendship that has spanned four decades, Nietzsche’s concepts of eternal recurrence and amor fati, and Noertker's repeated encounters with the work of Leonora Carrington.  More...