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, April 7 2019 7:30 PM
7:30 Kaiser/Looney
Henry Kaiser - guitar/electronics, Scott R. Looney - piano
8:30 Rent Romus' Lords of Outland
Philip Everett - drums, Ray Schaeffer - bass, Alex Cohen - guitar
Rent Romus - alto, soprano, c-melody saxophones, flutes

In 1977, Kaiser founded Metalanguage Records with Larry Ochs (Rova Saxophone Quartet) and Greg Goodman. In 1979 he recorded With Friends Like These with Fred Frith, a collaboration that lasted for over 20 years. In 1983 they recorded Who Needs Enemies, and in 1987 the compilation album With Enemies Like These, Who Needs Friends? They joined with fellow experimental musicians John French, and English folk-rocker Richard Thompson to form French Frith Kaiser Thompson for two eclectic albums, Live, Love, Larf & Loaf (1987) and Invisible Means (1990). In 1999 Frith and Kaiser released Friends & Enemies, a compilation of their two Metalanguage albums along with additional material from 1984 and 1999.
In 1991, Kaiser went to Madagascar with guitarist David Lindley. They recorded roots music with Malagasy musicians and discovered music that, he says, "changed us radically and permanently". Three volumes of this music were released by Shanachie under the title A World Out of Time. In 1994 he made a similar trip to Norway, again with Lindley, recording music that was released as Sweet Sunny North (2 volumes, 1994 and 1996).
Since 1998, Kaiser has been collaborating with trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith in the "Yo Miles!" project, releasing a series of tributes to Miles Davis's 1970s electric music. This shifting aggregation has included musicians from the worlds of rock (guitarists Nels Cline, Mike Keneally and Chris Muir, drummer Steve Smith), jazz (saxophonists Greg Osby and John Tchicai), avant-garde (keyboardist John Medeski, guitarist Elliott Sharp), and Indian classical music (tabla player Zakir Hussain).
Kaiser has appeared on more than 250 albums and scored dozens of TV shows and films, including Werner Herzog's Encounters at the End of the World (2007).[3] He was nominated for a Grammy Award for his work on the Beautiful Dreamer tribute to Stephen Foster.
In 2001, Kaiser spent two and a half months in Antarctica on a National Science Foundation Antarctic Artists and Writers Program grant. He has subsequently returned for nine more visits to work as a research diver. His underwater camera work was featured in two Herzog films, The Wild Blue Yonder (2005) and Encounters at the End of the World (2007), which he also produced, and for which he and Lindley composed the score. Kaiser served as music producer for Herzog's Grizzly Man (2005). He was nominated for an Academy Award for his work as a producer on Encounters at the End of the World.


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. The group has developed original music ranging from unhinged free improvisation to thematic compositional suites inspired by abstract and socio-political poetry, science fiction, horror, and fantasy.
Throughout the the groups rich history it's core roster has changed numerous times featuring guests such as Vinny Golia, John Tchicai, Hasan Razzaq, LA Jenkins, and Josh Allen recording 11 albums and performing throughout the West Coast of the United States.
Rent Romus is a force spanning over 25 years of D.I.Y. music production curating over 80 shows a year for the new music avant garde and jazz communities as well as leading several groups from rolicking jazz to free abstract chamber music, to sounds tracks for film and dance. Ray Schaeffer has performed in a diverse array of ensembles from full orchestra to folk rock bands, and experimental improv groups going back to the 1970s. Philip Everett found his mettle in Bartok, Debussy, and Gershwin as well as New Orleans style 2nd line marches. Armed with an array of teachings Phillip, became the leader of various groups over the years starting in 1967 to present crossover experimental country, free jazz, and avant rock. When Collette McCaslin a.k.a. "CJ Borosque" isn't writing poetry, making videos, or painting abstract art, she's blening noise and melody through no-input analoge pedal systems and trumpet. Her fascinations include, art, cooking, sound, noise, sculpture (sonic and tactile), Installations, silent films, avant-garde films and videos, modern, impressionist and surrealist art, jazz, world and classical music.  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...

Sunday, May 5 2019 7:30 PM
7:30pm Gabby Wen: solo performance of guqin
8:30pm After the End of the World Coretet - 30th anniversary - Annelise Zamula - saxes, flute/Bill Noertker - basses/Dave Mihaly - drums and whatnot

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.  More...

Sunday, May 19 2019 7:30 PM
7:30 pm Kretzmer/Clifford/Jordan
Yoni Kretzmer - tenor saxophone, Mark Clifford - vibraphone, Jordan Glenn - drums
8:30 pm Stone Raft
Josh Allen - tenor saxophone, Tom Weeks - alto saxophone, Tim Duff - doublebass, Aaron Levin - drums

Stone Raft is a quartet consisting of veteran improvisers formed in 2017 in Oakland, CA. Billing themselves as "West Coast energy music for continental secessionists", Stone Raft performs powerful free improv in the spirit of Charles Gayle, Milford Graves, Peter Brötzmann, and Sonny Simmons. Their music incorporates intense polyphony, atavistic vigor, and avant-garde technique.

Brooklyn based tenor saxophonist Yoni Kretzmer's teams up with vibraphonist Mark Clifford and drummer Jordan Glenn for a first meeting of free improvisations and spontaneous composition, each member bringing their unique, developed yet fresh sound and personality to the ford.
Yoni Kretzmer, is a Brooklyn based, tenor saxophone (originally from Tel Aviv). Yoni Has collaborated with many of the top and most adventurous figures of the NYC free jazz-free Impov scene. Kretzmer has released, so far, 9 albums under his own name, runs the record label OutNow Recordings and has curated many ongoing series in the north side of Brooklyn. ark Clifford is a vibraphonist, composer, and percussionist living in Oakland, CA.

A much sought after performer and improviser, Clifford is equally involved in free improvisation, new music, jazz, and rock; he is involved in multiple projects in the Bay Area and around the Country. His performance experience spans worldwide; he has had the honor of playing alongside an array of esteemed contemporaries, including: Jeff Parker, Kjell Nordeson, Ches Smith, Joan La Barbara, Aram Shelton, Colin Stranahan, Ron Miles, Scott Amendola, Tatsuya Nakatani, Danny Meyer, Lisa Mezzacappa, So Percussion, Oakland Active Orchestra, and has served as a percussionist with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra.

Jordan Glenn is one of the most thought after drummers in the Bay Area creative music scene. He has collaborated and recorded with master Roscoe Mitchell as well and with other key figures in the local scene such as Lisa Mezacappa, Fred Frith and the Rova Orchestra among others.  More...