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 $10-20 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 above. The send a request SIMM Series Survey Monkey Form 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, February 23 2020 7:30 PM
7:30 pm Brett Carson - solo piano
8:30 pm Ellis/Charuest/Valsamis
Lisle Ellis - bass, Yves Charuest - saxophone, Peter Valsamis - drums

Yves Charuest, Lisle Ellis, and Peter Valsamis began playing together in the late 1980’s in Montreal, Canada and, over the years, developed a distinct and personal collective musical language. Drawing inspiration from jazz and avant-garde music, the trio’s measured pace brings space and clarity to their ideas and interaction, shifting between traditional jazz and extended techniques.

Brett Carson is a composer, pianist, improviser, and occasional theater artist based in Oakland CA. His compositional work, which has been described as "fascinatingly intense" (Stephen Smoliar, SF Classical Voice), explores the intersection and juxtaposition of diverse conceptual strata delving into the realms of myth, ritual, and unconscious impulse. Drawing from a plurality of influences, including Sun Ra, Olivier Messiaen, Captain Beefheart, and the literary work of André Breton, Jorge Luis Borges, and J.R.R.Tolkien, he seeks to establish alternative logical systems and cosmologies.
In addition to his compositional work, he has performed as a pianist across the US, Europe, and South America in new music, free improvisation, jazz, and rock contexts. He has played/recorded with a wide variety of musicians and groups including the Art Ensemble of Chicago, Bill Baird, Brian Baumbusch, Nicolas Collins, George Lewis, Roscoe Mitchell, Rent Romus, and William Winant.
Recent projects include the jazz/improvisation group Quattuor Elephantis and a mytho-dramatic song cycle "Mysterious Descent". Recent works for theater include the 2017 premiere of his one act play, "Mary's Dilemma, or That Sinking Feeling," and the 2018 premiere of his experimental chamber opera "Just Visiting (X-Ray Vision)".

Sunday, March 8 2020 7:30 PM
7:30pm Dave Mihaly and the Shore
Lin Shi – piano, percussion/Charith Premawardhana – viola/Patrick Byers – baritone saxophone and flute/Dave Mihaly – drums, guitar, compositions
8:30pm Bill Noertker's Moxie
Annelise Zamula - tenor sax, flute/Brett Carson - piano/Bill Noertker - contrabass/Jon Arkin - drums

Dave Mihaly and the Shore
Music for strings, wind, and percussion. Tight and loose, improvised and composed. First time meeting of this collective group; big ears, receptive eyes, and wide imaginations.

Moxie celebrates the first date of its 20th year with an array of tunes that encapsulates Noertker's quirky ouevre. The music is brought to life through the collective interactions of Noertker and his idiosyncratic friends/colleagues: the endlessly inventive Brett Carson tickling the ivories; the ever-playful and emotive Annelise Zamula on woodwinds; and the luminant and sparkling rhythm stylist Jon Arkin.  More...

Sunday, March 22 2020 7:30 PM
7:30 pm Eki Shola - voice/keyboard/electronics
8:30 pm E. Doctor Smith's Feat of Clay
Eric Dahlman - trumpet, Edo Castro Woodhouse - 7 string bass, Peter Mckibben - guitar
E. Doctor Smith - drummstick

Eki Shola vibrant career in music and medicine can be described best by the artist herself, “I create music not only for myself, but to generate a space for the listener. Music is healing.” A vocalist and pianist, Eki Shola’s music transcends genre, as she seamlessly draws from jazz, electronica, and world music to create a sonic landscape all her own. Her music has been described as “inimitable” and “…sound art to be used to trigger thought and encourage love and beauty through rhythm and unique composition.”
Born in London to Jamaican parents, Eki Shola was raised in a musical family. She emigrated to New York in 1987 and later as a pre-med student at Cornell University, she played in the jazz ensemble performing with legendary musicians such as Steve Turre and Dr. Donald Byrd. Now living in Northern California, Eki Shola released her debut album, Final Beginning, in 2016 and the album has been reviewed, charted and aired around the world. ASCAP Plus winner and three-time NorBay Music awardee (2017-2019) for Best Electronica Artist, Eki Shola has played across the San Francisco Bay Area, London, and New York City and has opened for various artists including Kitaro, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Bebel Gilberto, DakhaBrakha, Baraka Moon, Sammy J, Lucky Otis, and Habib Koité.

Sunday, April 19 2020 7:30 PM
7:30pm Strange Brothers (DK)
Simon Spang-Hanssen – saxophones, flute/Kasper Tranberg – trumpet, cornet/Peter Danstrup – acoustic bass guitar/Ole Rømer – drums
8:30pm Noertker's Moxie: CD release for Tricycle
Annelise Zamula – tenor sax, flute/Bill Noertker – contrabass/Jason Levis – drums/others tbd

In 1976 Strange Brothers was formed by Simon Spang-Hanssen, Peter Danstrup and Ole Rømer. Later the same year the group won 1st price at the International Jazz Festival in Dunkerque, France, and shortly after saxophone legend John Tchicai joined the band. Critics called the band ‘the white swan of Danish jazz’ and gradually the band evolved around John Tchicai’s many international activities – Tchicai was like a nomad living several places in Europe and the USA. The band members were a part of the international entourage of musicians around him in bands like New Jungle Orchestra and John Tchicai Group. After the death of Tchicai in 2012 the brothers began picking up the old tunes, combining them with new compositions and invited the younger trumpet player Kasper Tranberg to join in. After that they never looked back and the band is now known as one of the most exuberant bands on the jazz scene: a sparkling front and a rhythm group that hasn’t skipped a beat for more than 40 years. In their book you will find both old and new compositions, focusing on energy, unique themes and close-knit interplay.
In April 2019 they released their first record on the ILK-label, the Copenhagen based high-profile jazz and contemporary label, that both Tranberg and Danstrup are members of – Danstrup is chairman at the moment. ILK has good US distribution. The original trio worked closely with Tchicai in various constellations, both in Denmark and across. In the ‘70ies and ‘80ies they toured regularly in Europe and even had a week in Morocco. Individually, all musicians have been even wider travelled: Spang-Hanssen has lived in France for a decade and toured in Africa and South America, Tranberg regularly plays in Japan and has toured all over the world as a member of New Jungle Orchestra and Danstrup has also played in Asia, Africa and the Americas.
Listen to Strange Brothers on Soundcloud

In 2018 bassist Bill Noertker traveled to London, Sidmouth, and Mexico City. His journeys inspired him to compose a three-part suite, Tricycle. The 24 tunes comprising this suite have been brought to life through interactions with 10 of his fondest musical compatriots and will be available on CD for the first time at this performance.  More...

Sunday, May 10 2020 7:30 PM
7:30pm Honda/Mezzacappa/Dessen Trio
Motoko Honda – piano/Lisa Mezzacappa – bass/Michael Dessen – trombone
8:30pm Noertker's Moxie
Annelise Zamula – alto sax, flute/Bill Noertker – contrabass/Jordan Glenn – drums/others tbd

Motoko Honda is a concert pianist, composer, and interdisciplinary artist who has created a distinctive sound through her holistic approach to music, and her exceptional sensitivity in relating to other art forms and technologies. Employing a "virtuoso technique paired with her intensely imaginative mind" (Susan Dirende, L.A. Splash Magazine), and with stylistic influences ranging from jazz to Indonesian music to contemporary prepared piano with electronics, Motoko's compositions and structured improvisations are intended to affect the skin, organs and minds of the listener rather than simple recitations of rhythmic and harmonic themes. Called both a "keyboard alchemist" (Chris Barton, L.A. Times), and the "embodiment of a muse" (Greg Burk, Metaljazz), Motoko's performances transport audiences on sonic adventures that transcend the boundaries and conventions of contemporary music.

Lisa Mezzacappa is a San Francisco Bay Area-based composer, bassist, bandleader, and producer. Called “one of the most imaginative figures on the Bay Area creative jazz scene” by The Mercury News and “a Bay Area treasure” by KQED public radio, she has been an active part of California’s vibrant music community for more than 18 years. Mezzacappa’s activities as a composer and bandleader include ethereal chamber music, electro-acoustic works, avant-garde jazz, music for groups from duo to large ensemble, and collaborations with film, dance and visual art.

Michael Dessen is a composer/trombonist who creates music for improvisers and explores technologies including live electronics, telematics and networked scores. For over two decades, he has composed and performed across a wide array of contexts, garnering critical praise and collaborating with leading artistic innovators. Dessen's music has been recognized with awards from Chamber Music America, New Music USA and the Fromm Foundation, and released by labels including Clean Feed and Cuneiform. He is based in Southern California.  More...