Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community

                 
Luggage Store Creative Music Series
1007 Market Street
San Francisco California   
(415) 255-5971




Thursdays 8-10pm
Admission $8-15 sliding scale
All ages welcome, no one refused for lack of funds.

The LSG Creative Music Series is the longest standing experimental music series in the Bay Area and California, with weekly Thursday night shows since 1991. The venue aims to be a welcoming, inclusive space for musicians of all backgrounds and levels - from artists trying a new project in public for the first time to well-known international acts. Founded by LSG Gallery Directors Laurie Lazer and Darryl Smith, the series has been curated by several Bay Area musicians. Since 2002 it's been curated by Outsound Presents and improviser/composer Rent Romus. They present a wide cross section of sound artists from every experimental genre.

The series is an artist-run, grass-roots DIY effort that relies on professionals in the community who volunteer their time. Please join us in setting up chairs, curtain, lights, sound once a week, and contact Outsound Presents to get involved in marketing and project coordination.

The Luggage Store Gallery is a non-profit corporation funded by the City of San Francisco, grants, and your contributions. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday, Noon to 5pm. For gallery information call 415-255-5971.
BOOKING
The majority of our booking occurs when an artist contacts us.
To book your project please use our Survey Monkey
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SWG8QFL
Contact Rent Romus if you have any questions.









Principle
Artist-run, volunteer, grass-roots DIY effort
Type of Music Presented
Experimental: new sonic, improvised, noise, electronic, lowercase, avant-jazz, outrock, 21st century composition, and sonic art.
Format
Weekly on Thursday Nights 8-10pm
Usually two or three acts per night. Load in and setup is at 7:00pm Setup
Set times
45 min if two sets
30 min if three sets
Booking Lead Time
six to eight weeks in advance
Terms & Policy
70% of door proceeds is equitably split between sets. 30% of door proceeds go to the Luggage Store Gallery for use of the space. We volunteer our time and efforts to running the show. One comp admission per artist is recommended.

No Open Rehearsals: Please prepare for your concert prior to the scheduled date.

Luggage Store is an art gallery. We will not book acts that would endanger the series for future artists Destructive performance art is not allowed including the use of power tools, fire or fume generators. This is a no smoking environment including incense or scented candles.
Facility and Equipment
We have a simple PA (mixer and 2 speakers, 2 mic stands, 2 mics), as well as tables and power strips. If you plan to use the PA, please bring the cables you would need to plug in. We can take mono 1/4" cables or XLR.
With enough notice, we may be able to secure a video projection surface. Max Capacity 75 (standing room)
We Do Not Have
Piano, projector, green room
We Cannot Provide
We cannot provide a guaranteed payment minimum, hotel accommodations, transportation, rehearsal space/time, or a dedicated sound person. (We will set up the PA and help you sound check, but if you need someone to stand in different parts of the room and set custom EQ, then it's a good idea to bring your own person.)
Location/Parking/Loading

Located on Market Street near Taylor 1 block from Powell Street BART station, and several San Francisco buses stop right outside. Parking is best on 6th, Taylor or Golden Gate. Stay out of alleys. Loading in by double parking on Market is risky - you can get ticketed. We recommended using a cart for transporting equipment so you can park, load up your cart, and trek on over to the space. Be ready for 30 stairs, there is no elevator.
Questions?, please email us

To Book a Gig
Check calendar for date availability.
Submit a booking request using our Survey Monkey Form. Questions? Rent Romus

http://www.outsound.org

Upcoming Events:
Thursday, March 28 2019 8:00 PM
8:15 pm Sheldon Brown - reeds
9:00 pm Mike Monford Quintet (Detroit)

Native Detroiter Mike Monford got an early start on his love for music. It began at the age of four while constantly digging through his father’s jazz and R&B albums. His musical interests grew through his teen years when he absorbed himself in the hip-hop culture, and morphed into DJing at parties under the name DJ M & M. The turning point came in high school when he explored singing, but it was the saxophone that became his instrument of choice.
In 1997, Mike was awarded a musical scholarship to the University of Hartford - Hartt School of Music. There, he studied with jazz great and master saxophonist Jackie McLean. He also was awarded a musical scholarship from the Societie of the Culturally Concerned, formerly known as the Bluebird Reunion, based in Detroit.
While studying at the Hartt School Conservatory, Mike traveled to New York where he found and was hired by bassist Bill Lee (filmmaker Spike Lee’s father), pianist Marc Cary, pianist Alan J. Palmer, trumpeter Raymond Williams, and bassist Hakim Jami. Not only did he perform with these greats, he also recorded with them. Mike spent some 20 years in New York honing his talents, and entrenched in the history and sounds of jazz.
Armed with his experiences as a performer, composer, and arranger, "Perseverance," Mike Monford's debut CD as a band leader was released in 2012. The CD features Grammy Award winning pianist Marc Cary, Tarus Mateen on bass, Steve Williams on drums, and Rayse Biggs on trumpet.


Composer and woodwind multi-instrumentalist Sheldon Brown has been involved in the San Francisco Bay Area creative music scene for over 20 years. In June of 2014 he premiered his extended composition "Blood of the Air" at the 32nd Annual San Francisco Jazz Festival. Based on the speech melodies of Beat-era Surrealist poet Philip Lamantia, "Blood of the Air" was made possible with the help of Chamber Music America's 2013 New Jazz Works: Commissioning and Ensemble program (funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation), and with additional support from San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music.
Since 1994 he has led Sheldon Brown Group, which performs his own compositions, and he recently formed Sheldon Brown Quintet, which performs the music of Herbie Nichols, and Distant Intervals, based on poetic speech melodies. Sheldon Brown Group has performed several times at Yoshiʼs and as part of the San Francisco Jazz Festivalʼs Summer in the City series.
Brown has performed internationally as a featured soloist with Cuban pianist Omar Sosa, and recorded on 5 of Sosaʼs albums. While with Sosa he performed at many famous venues, such as The North Sea Jazz Festival in Den Haag, New Morning in Paris, Tribute to the Love Generation in Tokyo and many others.
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Thursday, April 4 2019 8:00 PM
8:15 pm Matt Ingalls - solo clarinet
9:00 pm Heikki Koskinen w/ Donald Robinson, Rent Romus, Cheryl E. Leonard

Reviled for his "shapeless sonic tinkering" by the Los Angeles Times, oakland musician Matt Ingalls is a composer, clarinetist, concert producer, and computer music programmer. Often incorporating elements of improvisation, his music is heavily influenced by his long involvement in computer music. His composerly solo improvisations explore extended clarinet techniques that interact with the acoustic space, often as combination tones. Matt is the founder and co-director of sfSound, a new music series, ensemble, and internet radio station devoted to new ideas and traditions of experimental music, performance art, live electronic music, Bay Area composition, and the various facets of contemporary improvisation.

Heikki "Mike" Koskinen is a recording artist, composer, and educator currently living in San Francisco. Chosen in "Rytmi" magazine critics polls as Finland’s top jazz trumpet player in the 1970’s, he left his native Finland to study jazz at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Heikki’s music career began in Finland with playing American Soul music as well as free improvised jazz, with musicians such as Edward Vesala, Juhani Aaltonen, and Heikki Sarmanto. Heikki is the recipient of several Finnish composing grants, recorded several albums, and won awards as an innovative children’s music teacher. His 1980’s Bay Area bands, with Heikki on trumpet, featured such musicians as Hadley Caliman, Steve Heckman, Mark Levine, Joe Bonner, Bennie Green, Larry Hancock and Michael Spiro. Lately Heikki has re-connected with his free improvising musical roots, especially with Bay Area sax player Rent Romus and the Finnish “Kellari (Cellar) Trio”, featuring reed player Mikko Innanen and bassist Teppo Hauta-aho. Heikki’s main instruments these days are piano, the Morrison Digital Trumpet as well as tenor recorder. Besides performing and composing, he teaches music in the Bay Area. For ten years he was coordinator and host of the local radio program, "Studio Finland" and he has been a key musical figure in the Bay Area Finnish community for several years.  More...

Thursday, May 23 2019 8:00 PM
8:15 pm Infinexhuma - dark ambient/industrial
9:00 pm 99 HOOKER - Kaoss Enhancer


99 Hooker has been performing live media for many years. In 2000 he founded the pioneering media group rev.99 . He most recently toured Japan with Akio Mokuno. He has not played LSG for 15 years or so.



SF Bay Area based dark ambient artist ranging in stylistic approach from ritual, drone, cinematic, horror, space, dark ambient, film score style, nature ambient, noise and industrial. The project officially began in 2016 under the name "Infinexhuma" and was formerly known as "Exhuma" in 2013. An album “Chaotic Depth” was release in 2016 strictly to Bandcamp and was not mastered. Subsequently two albums "Crossing" and "Unasan" were officially released in 2018 to all platforms, digitally and physically. “Infinexhuma” follows the afterlife of a physically manifested spirit awoken in a transitional state between the death of its’ human host by suicide and full passing. Currently lost and seeking the reason it was detached from the host’s primary being, Infinexhuma must travel through tangible worlds as well as other darker undefined worlds to ultimately join the host and continue to the afterlife. It is to be taken literally as a dark narrative which is in itself subjective and objective, and as well from an outer and alternate perspective, as a partial mockery of the flaws of an over industrialized society and the subsequent "dead" repetitions of human life (Infin = infinitely / Exhuma = exhumed).  More...

Thursday, May 30 2019 8:00 PM
8:15 pm Josh Allen - solo tenor saxophone
9:00 pm Josh Martin - solo electric bass

Joshua Allen has created his own personal language on the tenor saxophone, with an emphasis on polytonal and asymmetrical phrasing, as well as extending the range and sonic ability of the instrument. He does this with constant emphasis and study of the overtone series, and the generation of multiphonics from the application of this process. He is currently teaching Fellowship students at the Brubeck Institute at the University of Pacific. He was born in Berkeley, California in 1972. Like many of today’s prominent musicians, Mr. Allen was a product of the Berkeley public school system, studying saxophone starting at the age of nine under Phil Hardymon. He went on to study with such prominent Bay Area musicians as Bill Aron, Joe Henderson, and Rory Snyder. With his focus squarely on jazz composition and performance, Mr. Allen moved to Southern California in the early nineties to study with Rick Helzer at San Diego State. He became active in the Latin Jazz community, and worked with various musicians such as Dennis Chambers, and Eddie Palmieri. Mr. Allen’s return to the Bay Area in the mid 90s to finish his Bachelors degree at Sonoma State. His association with saxophonist Marco Eneidi led to working relationships with musicians such as Glen Spearmann, Matthew Goodheart, Damon Smith, and eventually Cecil Taylor.

Josh Martin is 1/3 of the band VOCO and 1/2 of the experimental unit Conan The Barbiturate- both heavily amplified endeavors. This will be his first formal solo bass set, and will use no effects or looping of any kind. Only a 1968 well-weathered Univox bass and a tiny amp.  More...

Thursday, June 20 2019 8:00 PM
VauxFlores Industrial Label Showcase
Usufruct, [ruidobello], Oa, Travis Johns

Usufruct (YOO-zoo-fruckt) is the right of the people to harvest the fruits of common property. The duo Usufruct, consisting of flutist, composer, vocalist/improviser Polly Moller Springhorn and computer musician Tim Walters, deconstructs, lovingly reassembles, and improvises around found texts and musical materials in the public domain.


[ruidobello] is Jorge Bachmann, a Sound Artist living and working in
San Francisco, California.


oa is Hugh Behm-Steinberg and Matt Davignon
Hugh Behm-Steinberg is the author of two books of poetry and two libretti: Terrible Things Will Happen But It’s Going to Be Okay: A Donner Party Opera with composer Guillermo Galindo, and a children’s
opera based on the Chinese folktale, The Clever Wife, which was commissioned by the Houston Grand Opera for their Opera to Go series. In 2015 his short story “Taylor Swift” won the Barthelme Prize for short fiction. He is a former Wallace Stegner Fellow in creative writing at Stanford University and the recipient of an NEA fellowship. He’s a shop steward for the California College of the Arts Adjunct Faculty Union/SEIU 1021, where he teaches in the MFA Writing and BA Writing and Literature Programs.
Matt Davignon’s music is “fragile and gorgeous and stubbornly weird,” according to the SF Bay Guardian. He’s best known for combining drum machine and pre-recorded source material with a variety of electronic
processing devices to create shifting layers of organic and expressive sounds. His music is inspired by field recordings, natural sound phenomena, irregular and imperfect rhythms, and psychedelic, drone and
space music.


Travis Johns is a sound artist residing in Ithaca, NY, whose work includes performance, installation and printmaking, often incorporating electronic instruments of his own design. Active in the San Francisco Bay Area experimental music scene for several years, Johns moved to Costa Rica in 2011 where he collaborated extensively with visual artist Paulina Velazquez-Solis on Raro, an immersive sound and sculpture installation that represented Costa Rica in the 2013 Biennial of the Central American Isthmus (BAVIC). Since returning to
the states, first to Baltimore and later to Ithaca, he’s continued to apply his trade as a composer, educator and sound artist under the nom de plume of VauxFlores. He holds a B.M. In Technology in Music and Related Arts from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, studies conducted with Tom Lopez, as well as an MFA from Mills College in Electronic Music and Recording Media, studies conducted with Chris Brown, Les Stuck and Hilda Paredes. He has participated in residencies at such places as the Atlantic Center for the Arts and RPI’s Create @ iEar, and has had work featured by/at el Museo Centroamericano de Arte Video (MUCEVI), the
Electronic Music Foundation, Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA), the Bienarte 8 Costa Rican Biennial, el Museo Nacional de Costa Rica, MAC Panama, The California Academy of Sciences, Alianza Francesa de Guatemala, The Lab (San Francisco), Battery Townsley (Marin County, Ca), Rhizome DC (Washington DC) and Cornell University.
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