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SIMM Series

Outsound Presents @ Musicians Union Hall
116 9th St @ Mission
San Francisco CA

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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.
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
6:00pm 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

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

Directions : BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) Station: Civic Center /Walk down Market Street from station exit Turn left on 9th St. 116 9th St.

Link to home page : SIMM Series

Upcoming Events:

Sunday, Apr 27 2014 7:30 PM

Rent Romus' Lords of Outland 20th Anniversary Celebration Concert + CD Release of "The Proceedings of Dr. Ke"
Featuring Dave Mihaly, Bill Noertker, Philip Everett, Ray Scheaffer, Joshua Marshall, Collette McCaslin, Joshua Allen, Darren Johnston, and Jim Ryan

"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 through active deconstruction. The group has developed original music ranging from unhinged free improvisation to thematic compositional suites inspired by abstract and sociology-political poetry, science fiction, horror, and abstract concepts.

Sunday, May 4 2014 7:30 PM

7:30pm Beast Nest
Sharmi Basu - solo electronics
8pm Botanical Garden
Sharmi Basu - electronics/Stephan Haluska - harp
8:30pm Noertker's Moxie
Annelise Zamula - tenor sax, flute/Amber Lamprecht - oboe, flute/Brett Carson - piano/Bill Noertker - contrabass

Sharmi Basu is an MFA student in the Music Department at Mills College. She suffers from an internalization of ancestral trauma and colonization, and plays music to achieve temperance between her paranoia and teetering depression.

Stephan Haluska is a harpist, improviser, and composer. He loves the harp for its resonant beauty, for the myriad of sound possibilities, the idiomatic harmonies that the pedals can derive, and the tactile nature of the instrument. Stephan’s aim is to push the harp into new territories by extending the harp’s vocabulary through extended effects, amplification, and electronics, and to provide new roles for the instrument. Stephan is currently attending Mills College in their MFA program in Performance and Literature with a concentration in Improvisation where he studies with Zeena Parkins, Fred Frith, and Roscoe Mitchell.

Bassist/composer Bill Noertker has been active in the Bay Area jazz and avant-garde scene since the late 1980s. Since 2001, he has lead his own ensemble, Noertker's Moxie, as a forum for his compositions inspired by visual artists such as Paul Klee, Wassily Kandinsky, Franz Marc, Salvador Dalí, and Joan Miró, architect Antoni Gaudí, poet Rainer Maria Rilke, sculptor David Beck, and others. Noertker has composed over 150 pieces of music for this group and has released eight CDs, including three CDs of his extended suite Sketches of Catalonia, and two volumes of his extended Blue Rider Suite.
He has also composed music for three films that showcase the intimately-scaled sculptures of David Beck, and composed the score for a Nikos Koumoundouros film, The Commandments or the Nostril of Ektor Kaknavatos, that was selected for the Short Film Corner at the prestigious Festival de Cannes 2010. He is now at work scoring the upcoming Olympia Stone film “Curious Worlds: the Art and Imagination of David Beck.”

Annelise Zamula started on flute at age 11 and picked up sax at 14 after falling in love with jazz. She studied classical flute with the late Wallace Mann of the National Symphony while in her teens. After moving to Boston to attend Berklee College of Music, she studied flute with Matt Marvuglio.
Annelise has performed with numerous groups in the Bay Area, including the Riffrats, Moodswing Orchestra, Montclair Women’s Big Band, Connie Champagne and Her Tiny Bubbles, Carwash, The Strayhorns, Golden Gate Park Band, and more.
In 1996 she joined the Billy Tipton Memorial Saxophone Quartet (BTMSQ) and toured the U.S. and Europe with the group, as well as recording a CD, Sunshine Bundtcake, which was released in March 2000. She has played live radio shows with BTMSQ and the After the End of the World Coretet, both in Europe and at the Bay Area’s own KPFA, KUSF, KALX, and KPOO. With BTMSQ, Ms. Zamula performed with the Indigo Girls on their West Coast tour of 1997, including a performance at the Lilith Fair in Vancouver; at the Bumbershoot Festival in Seattle, and with the Pat Graney Dance Company.
She co-founded the After the End of the World Coretet and composed some of the songs released on the group’s two CDs, Quaternity and 13.
Annelise currently performs with Big Lou's Dance Party, Noertker's Moxie, and the Berkeley Saxophone Quartet.

Brett Carson's work draws from a wide variety of musical traditions, reflecting the influence of Anthony Braxton, Tim Berne, John Zorn, Olivier Messiaen, Philip Glass, Claude Vivier, Sun Ra, and others. The composition-improvisation continuum is explored through traditionally notated structures, graphic scores, and improv game concepts. He is originally from Georgia and spent some time working in the Atlanta experimental music scene before moving to California to pursue his MA in Composition. He is currently based in Oakland, and studies at Mills College with Roscoe Mitchell, Zeena Parkins, Fred Frith, Chris Brown, and Les Stuck.

Amber Lamprecht is from San Luis Obispo, CA but now lives in San Francisco, CA. As a teenager she competed and won several solo concerto competitions in California on the oboe. She was given a full scholarship to The University of Colorado at Boulder School of Music where she completed a Bachelors Degree of Music Performance on the oboe. Amber has expanded her knowledge of music into other musical genres. She has performed and recorded with almost every type of music by performing as a session player and improvisatory instrumentalist in the San Francisco area on both oboe and flute.

Sunday, May 18 2014 7:30 PM

7:30pm Revenant Quartet
Karl Evangelista - electric guitar, Michael Coleman- keys/electronics, Tom Djll - trumpet/electronics, Nava Dunkleman - percussion
8:30pm The Equity and Social Justice Quartet
Plays music from the new CD out on Edgetone
Markus Hunt - double bass, Robert Lopez - drums, Darren Johnston - trumpet, Rent Romus - alto saxophone

With its genesis in a semi-apocalyptic duo performance between Evangelista and Coleman, an edited version of which provided the soundtrack to SNEAL’s similarly foreboding short film “The Last Days of the San Diego Zoo”, the Revenant Quartet is a unique mixture of free improvisation, intense noise, and moody electronic textures–music that is both chilling and beautiful.

The Equity and Social Justice Quartet, a new jazz group formed by Bay Area bassist and educator Markus Hunt. In April 2014 Hunt released The Whisper of Flowers on Edgetone Records. This is Hunt's first recording as a leader. The title of the album was taken from a quote from bassist William Parker: "It is not about jazz, it is about sound as revealed through the mysteries of life. About those who have said yes to the whisper of a flower and the shout of a blue hurricane."
His recent debut performance of the ESJQ was held Grace Cathedral to benefit the Homeless Children's Network of San Francisco.

Sunday, Jun 1 2014 7:30 PM

7:30pm Eat The Sun
Gretchen Jude - koto/Jason Hoopes - bass/Noah Phillips - guitar
8:30pm Noertker's Moxie
Annelise Zamula - tenor sax, flute/Bill Noertker - bass/Dax Compise - drums

Sunday, Jun 29 2014 7:30 PM

Jim Ryan @ 80 A celebration and concert with Bay Area sonic luminary, saxophonist, and poet...
7:30pm Jordan Glenn's Mindless Thing featuring poetry by Jim Ryan
8:30pm Jim Ryan Trio

Mindless Thing is a collaboration between drummer/composer Jordan Glenn and saxophonist/band leader/poet/artist/sage Jim Ryan. The music, composed and conducted by Glenn, takes malleable material and filters it through a unique ensemble of strings and percussion. The result is used to create a backdrop for Ryan's surreal and haunting poetry.

photo by Carly Hoopes

Poet, writer, philosopher and musician, Jim Ryan is an original member of the exploratory family of artists of the 20th century. His powerful playing style and truly original voice permeates the San Francisco Bay Area with vibrant spirit.
Jim Ryan was born in St. Paul, Minnesota and began listening to bebop at age 15. In 1958 after obtaining a degree in philosophy from the Universisty of Minnesota, Jim was drafted into the army and sent to Europe. After serving for 21 months, Jim found himself attending the Sorbonne in Paris France. After a short time he discovered he was infected with the writing bug and became involved with the beat poet community that was blossoming in France and throughout the world, rubbing elbows with such poets as Boroughs, and Ginsberg. Nearing his mid-30's it became more difficult to make a living writing and he found many of his former-writing friends were becoming involved in painting and other artistic endeavors. In 1968 Jim was given a wooden flute and shortly thereafter acquired a c-melody sax. At the same time many of the American new music musicians, Sonny Murray, Albert Ayler, Sun Ra, Archie Shepp, Anthony Braxton, and the AACM were given funding by the US Government and settled in Europe including France. Jim was in the right place at the right time and found himself jamming and performing with these rebels of creative music. As the migration of cutting edge American artists continued more straight ahead artists like Johnny Griffith and Steve Lacy began to arrive to take advantage of the European scene. In the early 70's Jim participated in a yearlong workshop organized and led by Steve Lacy while continuing to develop his writing. In 1975 Jim formed the Free Music Formation, a group which performed in Paris and other European cities.
In 1975 he returned to the United States in search of a fresh start and settled in Washington, D.C. where he formed the Art Performance Group performing throughout the area. In 1987 he moved California and lived in Marin County until 1993 when he moved to Oakland and became part of the San Francisco Bay Area improv and jazz scene.
After a long hiatus, in 1997, he launched one of his current groups Forward Energy featuring stellar artists like trumpet player Eddie Gale and drummer Donald Robinson. Jim also performed with Marco Eneidi's "American Jungle Orchestra," and Eddie Gale's "Orchestra for World Peace." In 1998 he became the editor and publisher of Outside, an underground art and music zine in Oakland, which featured such artists as Positive Knowledge, Marco Emeidi, as well as many artists of Bay Area improv scene. For two years beginning in 1999 Jim was the booker for the Luggage Store Gallery Series in San Francisco. At that same time he was also booking for the Starry Plow new music series in Berkeley, 2310 Telegraph Gallery in Oakland, and he currently curates shows occasionally at 21Grand Gallery in Oakland.
In the spring of 2000, he founded the Electro/Acoustic Sextet of Oakland, which was a melding of free jazz and avant academic styles. You can hear this pivotal Bay Area saxophonist presently with his group Forward Energy which has recorded five albums for Edgetone Records since 2009, as well as his poetry work with Jordan Glenn's Mindless Thing which began in 2012.

Sunday, Aug 31 2014 7:30 PM

7:30 Instagon
8:30 T.D. Skatchit & Company

Sunday, Oct 26 2014 7:30 PM

Fall of Solo
7:30pm Jakob Pek - guitar/voice
Interweaving of fingerstyle work with boundary dissolving realities and some spoken word
8:15pm Andrew Jamieson - piano
9:00pm Robert Lopez - drums