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.
BOOKING
Please read the policies here. Contact Rent Romus for booking and all other inquires.














Principle
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.
Format

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
Location

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
http://www.outsound.org

Upcoming Events:
Sunday, March 3 2019 7:30 PM
7:30 pm Scott R. Looney Trio
Lisa Mezzacappa - bass, Kjell Nordeson - drums/percussion
8:30 pm Strikethru
Kip Kipperman - contrabass, Isaac Otto - saxophone, Kim Nucci - electronics

Strikethru is an Oakland-based electroacoustic trio consisting of Kip Kipperman on contrabass, Isaac Otto on saxophone and Kim Nucci on electronics. they have been working together for 3 years, exploring utopic soundscapes and memory through a language of bloops, bleeps, squeaks, scrapes, sizzles, long tones, short tones, creaking bones, and melody.

Scott R. Looney (piano, hyperpiano) has always been interested in the creation and performance of compelling sounds across a broad spectrum of contemporary, improvised, and experimental music. He has studied composition and improvisation with Roscoe Mitchell, Wadada Leo Smith, Morton Subotnick, David Rosenboom, and Frederic Rzewski, obtaining his MFA in Composition from California Institute of the Arts. After moving to New York, and finally to the San Francisco Bay area, he became more interested in expanding the timbral possibilities of the piano, and using pianists such as Denman Maroney as a starting point, has forged a signature style using the inside and outside of the piano, plucking strings, using metal implements and other quick preparations, in combination to playing the piano normally. Lisa Mezzacappa (bass) is a San Francisco Bay Area-based bassist, bandleader, composer, curator and producer. An active collaborator in the Bay Area music community for more than a dozen years, she leads her own groups Bait & Switch, the Interlopers, Nightshade, Eartheaters and the Lisa Mezzacappa Trio, and co-leads the ensembles BODABODA, duo B., Cylinder, the Mezzacappa-Phillips Duo, and the Caribbean folk band Les Gwan Jupons. Lisa has released her music on the Clean Feed, NoBusiness, Leo, NotTwo, Evander, Odd Shaped Case and Edgetone record labels, and has recorded as a sideperson for the Tzadik, Kadima and Porto Franco labels. She collaborates frequently on cross-disciplinary projects in sound installation, film/video, sculpture and public music/art. Kjell Nordeson, PhD (drums, percussion), is a Swedish percussionist and instructor currently living in San Francisco, Caifornia. In 1986 Nordeson formed AALY Trio, together with fellow Swede Mats Gustafsson. AALY Trio became one of the leading groups in the Swedish experimental scene in the 90’s. He has toured extensively in Europe, North America, North Africa and Japan with various groups; altogether over 1200 performances in around 30 different countries, and recorded over 50 CDs. He has performed with Peter Brötzmann, Barry Guy, Ken Vandermark, Sten Sandell, Joe Morris, William Parker, Paul Rutherford, Martin Küchen, Gerry Hemingway, Christer Bothén, Frank Gratkowski, Stefano Scodanibbio, Mark Dresser, Martin Küchen and many others.  More...

Sunday, March 17 2019 7:30 PM
7:30pm Gabby Wen: solo performance of guqin
8:30pm Noertker's Moxie: Annelise Zamula - alto sax, flute; Joshua Marshall - tenor sax; Bill Noertker - contrabass; Daniel Pearce - drums

Gabby Wen (b. 1995) is an improviser, electroacoustic composer, and sound/performance artist. Born in Toisan, raised in Shenzhen and the East Bay, she is currently based in San Francisco. Having a background in computer science and postcolonial studies, she is interested in the subtle intersections of mathematics and art, of tradition and innovation, and the impact of new technology on indigenous music around the globe. Her works explore the disordered human life experience, the physical state of obsolete and dysfunctional, erotica, and conscience. Works with modular synthesizers, code, homemade electronics, field recordings, guqin (Chinese seven-stringed zither), found objects, voice, body & more.
Guqin, or qin, is an ancient Chinese plucked 7-string instrument that was mainly played by the literati class with its history dating back more than 3000 years ago, in improvisational styles for personal meditation or small gatherings among the sages. Seeking to break the elitist, patriarchal and Confucianist connotation of the qin, Gabby Wen de-romanticizes its sound, reimagining the instrument as a vehicle of a radical grassroots resistance fueled by feminine and queer energy with unorthodox performance and electronic processing.

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 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 175 pieces of music for this group and has released eleven CDs, including three volumes of his extended suite Sketches of Catalonia, three volumes of his extended Blue Rider Suite, and three volumes of his druidh series.
He has also composed music for three films that showcase the intimately-scaled sculptures of David Beck, composed the score for a Nikos Koumoundouros film that screened at the Festival de Cannes 2010, and most recently scored the Olympia Stone film “Curious Worlds: the Art and Imagination of David Beck.”  More...

Sunday, April 14 2019 7:30 PM
7:30pm The Guthrie Project
Beth Schenck - saxophones, compositions; Matt Wrobel - guitar
8:30pm Noertker's Moxie
Annelise Zamula - alto sax, flute; Brett Carson - piano; Bill Noertker - contrabass; Jason Levis - drums  More...