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.
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
6:15pm 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, 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.

30 years ago, Bill Noertker, Annelise Zamula, and Dave Mihaly started playing under the name 'The After the End of the World Coretet'. They all had met earlier playing in an art rock band that crossed genres called 'Bardo'. The AEWC was formed in order to play primarily self-composed, instrumental music.
The original fourth member, Tracy McMullen, played with the band for several years before becoming an academic. The next steady fourth member, Jon Birdsong, played with the band for a handful of years before moving to L.A., NYC, and Belgium. In between those two wonderful musicians, the Coretet would play with a rotating cast of other instrumentalists at gigs all over the Bay Area.
But the primary and ongoing members remained the trio of Zamula, Noertker, and Mihaly. They're all composers who have all maintained residency in the morphing San Francisco realm. They have a special almost sibling rapport. Inspired by all eras of so-called jazz music, free improvisation, western classical, folk music from where ever the folk dwell, and really any audible soul music . . . they've evolved together into a very rare unit. Their personal Venn diagrams of music connect in a cornucopia heart whilst the outlying fringes add pepper and tension. As in any long-term relationship/friendship/partnership, a psychic knowing has evolved which adds a nuanced quality to the sounds that can't be faked.
The Coretet name was initially used, rather than Quartet, to not limit the number of members who played within the crew. For this performance we present the core of the Coretet.  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...