SIMM SeriesOutsound Presents @ Musicians Union Hall
116 9th St @ Mission
San Francisco CA
Click for Photos of the Luggage Store Series
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 Door 7:00pm
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
|80% of door equally split among artists|
20% of door to Outsound ($35 minimum).
One comp admission per artist. 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
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.
"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
Sunday, Jun 23 2013 7:30 PM
7:30 Medium Sized Band
Brett Carson - Piano, Josh Marshall - Tenor Sax, Jon Myers - Drums
Jacob Peck - Guitar, Peter Sloan - Trombone
8:30 Retro Blue
Eric Marshall - bass, Timothy Orr - drums, Karl Evangelista - guitar, Eli Wallace - piano, Jim Ryan saxophones, voice
Retro Blue fully embraces the jazz tradition: swing, bop, blues, r&b, and free style -- exploring uncharted sonic areas. It includes several originals: (BS’n Charlie, Jimmy's Jump, How Are You? and Run From Baby Blues). Sensitive and communicative free improvisation is another strong element of the ensemble. The group has done several concerts since its inception during the summer of 2012.
Jim Ryan has been on the Bay Area music scene since the late 90's and began his active music career in Paris, France in the early '70s, participating in Steve Lacy's weekly free jazz jam sessions, and founded his first group ‘The Free Music Formation’ at that time.
Pianist & Composer Eli Wallace, a native of the Bay Area, recently received his Masters Degree in Music from The New England Conservatory in Boston. Now he's back home writing, teaching and gigging with several area bands.
Karl Evangelista is a young, highly original and accomplished guitarist who moved to Oakland from his hometown of Los Angeles several years ago. He teaches and is constantly gigging in Oakland and San Francisco.
Eric Marshall plays upright and electric bass in jazz and improvised music groups. He is a band leader in his own right, and is a regular performer with trumpeter Eddie Gale’s large groups and with Jim Ryan’s Forward Energy band.
Timothy Orr learned drumming from Ed Blackwell and constant gigging with rock and punk bands on the east coast. He now lives in Oakland and plays all styles from Zydeco to Free Jazz.
Formed in 2012, the Oakland-based Medium-Sized Band has dedicated itself to the exploration of novel formal structures and directed improvisations. Acting as a composer's collective in which each member contributes pieces to the pool, the MSB draws on a diverse set of techniques aiming toward group communication and the channeling of creative energy. Each individual member's unique background contributes to the eclecticism and freedom of movement between different genres and musical perspectives.
Sunday, Jul 7 2013 7:30 PM
7:30pm Architect/Enchantress: Jacob Felix Heule - Percussion / Nava Dunkleman - Percussion / Aaron Oppenheim - Laptop / Jacob Peck - Guitar, Miscellany / Tim Kim - Violin / Rent Romus - Saxophones / Joshua Marshall - Saxophones
8:30pm Noertker's Moxie Trio: Annelise Zamula - tenor sax, flute / Amber Lamprecht - oboe, flute / Bill Noertker - contrabass
Architect/Enchantress, Joshua Marshall's latest project, consists of
improvisations with text-based guidelines (suggested sound worlds/mind games).
Joshua describes his project thusly:
"You may be surprised to learn
that following the fragmentation of light into iris and particulate force
hooded figures, behoven to sleight of mind and material craft,
fashioned together an interstitial labyrinth
comprised of infinitesimal liminal nodes (a triumph of lattice-work)
spanning the gap between ought and naught.
Of course, we've all been taught
that a single node, relentlessly petitioned by the Will to Purpose
took on a fiendish, emerald lustre
and with a terrifying burst of polychromatic splendor
split in twain, yielding Enchantress and Architect
apportioning dominion of certainty and sortilege.
And thus were borne the peculiarities of form."
Bassist/composer Bill Noertker has been active in the Bay Area jazz and avant-garde scene since the late 1980s. He is a co-founder of the After the End of the World Coretet.
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 seven CDs, including three CDs of his extended suite Sketches of Catalonia, and the first volume 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.
Sunday, Aug 18 2013 7:30 PM
7:30pm Motoko Honda group
8:30pm Noertker's Moxie: Annelise Zamula - tenor sax, flute / Amber Lamprecht - oboe, flute / Jenny Maybee - piano / Bill Noertker - contrabass / Dax Compise - drums
Sunday, Aug 25 2013 7:30 PM
8:30 Deconstruction of What You Know
Josh Allen - tenor saxophone, Henry Kaiser - electric guitar
William Winant - drums/percussion, Mark Miller - drums
Sunday, Oct 20 2013 7:30 PM
7:30 Ark of Bones
Chris Evans - cello, David Boyce, tenor saxophone/electronics, Marshall Trammell - drums
Joshua Allen - tenor saxophone, John Finkbeiner - guitar, Timothy Orr - drums
The Ark of Bones project is interested in excavating, exploring, and contributing to African American improvisory art traditions in music and dance. This exploration began during Ernest Jolly and Chris Evans' Community Property residency at the Luggage Store Annex in 2010 and continued with collaborations with choreographer Byb Chanel Bibene's Kiandanda Dance Project on the Nzoto Installation performed at MOAD and ODC. Ark of Bones grew out of desire to build on this collaborative work from a slightly different angle – by putting an exploration of creative music, “Music” and deep listening at the center of this project.
The trio of Joshua Allen (tenor saxophone) John Finkbeiner (guitar) and Timothy Orr (drums) explores improvised music with a focus on rhythmic variation, jagged sonic invention and timbral exploration, underpinned by the language of free jazz. Allen’s multi-phonic saxophone has been heard in his own Deconstruction Orchestra and in projects that include Henry Kaiser, William Winant, Matthew Goodhart, Marco Eneidi, Damon Smith, Spirit, Donald Robinson, and many more. Engineer and multi-instrumentalist John Finkbeiner plays guitar with many groups, including Go-Go Fightmaster and Bait and Switch, and runs Oakland’s New, Improved Recording Studio. Drummer Timothy Orr appears on stage in multiple genres from free jazz and improvised music to Zydeco, moving from time-based to asymmetrical concepts with Key West, Forward Energy, Rent Romus’s Life’s Blood Trio, and more. Together, this group is explosive and dense as they navigate the edges of post-bop extensions, energy music, and non-idiomatic improvisation.
Sunday, Nov 17 2013 7:30 PM
7:30 PM TBA
8:30 PM The Reckoning Quartet
Aaron Bennett, Matt Montgomery, Josh Allen, Donald Robinson
The Reckoning Quartet is a multi-generational group of musicians who have long collaborated regularly in the world of Free Jazz and Free Improvisation. The Quartet is a re-imagination of Free Jazz forms.
Drummer Donald Robinson has been recognized for many years in the Bay Area improve scene, particularly in his projects with Glenn Spearman and Lisle Ellis. Tenor saxophonist Josh Allen has had a successful history of collaboration with Donald, as well as Damon Smith and Marco Eniedi. Saxophonist Aaron Bennett has worked for many years with Josh in various groups, as well as leading his own group, Go-Go Fight Master, with Vijay Anderson and Lisa Mezzacappa. Bassist Matt Montgomery has collaborated with Josh and Aaron in varied venues and projects. He has also performed with Calvin Keys.