Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community

                 

Luggage Store New Music Series

Outsound co-Presents @ The Luggage Store Gallery
San Francisco California 94103 USA  

The LSG New Music Series is the longest standing experimental music series in the Bay Area, with weekly Thursday night shows since 1991. Founded by LSG Gallery Directors Laurie Lazer and Darryl Smith, the series has been curated by several Bay Area musicians.

Since 2002 the New Music Series has been curated by Outsound Presents and local improvisers/sound artists Rent Romus and Matt Davignon. They present a wide cross section of sound artists from every experimental genre.

Thursdays 8-10pm
Admission $6-10 sliding scale
All ages welcome, no one refused for lack of funds.

The series is an artist-run, grass-roots DIY effort that relies on volunteers. 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
Please read the policies here. Contact Rent Romus for booking and all other inquires.

Principle
Artist-run, volunteer, grass-roots DIY effort with little money and extraordinary results
Type of Music Presented
Experimental: new sonic, improvised, noise, electronic, lowercase, avant-jazz, outrock, 21st century composition, and sonic art. See artist list below.
Format

Weekly on Thursday Nights 8-10pm
Usually two or three acts per night
7:00pm Setup, 7:15-7:45 Sound check
8:15pm Set One (45 min)
9:15pm Set Two (45 min)
or
7:00pm Setup, 7:15-7:45 Sound check
8:10pm Set One (30min)
8:40pm Set Two (30 min)
9:25pm Set Three (30 min)

Booking Lead Time
Two to four months in advance
Terms & Policy
70% of door equally split between sets 30% of door goes to the Luggage Store Gallery which Outsound is not directly affiliated with. We volunteer our time and efforts to running the show. One comp admission per artist.
No Open Rehearsals: Please prepare for your concert prior to the scheduled date.
Luggage Store is an art gallery. Destructive Performance Art is not allowed as well as Power tools, or destructive devices of any type including fire or fume generators. This is a no smoking environment (includes incense and other forms of smoking).
Facility and Equipment
Visual arts gallery with simple PA (mixer and 2 speakers, 2 mic stands, 2 mics), full window film screen, window film screen (no LCD projector or interface). A few tables, 45 folding chairs and 2 music stands are available. Max Capacity 75(standing room)
Location/Parking/Loading

Second story storefront on Market near Sixth
1.5 blocks 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 sketchy. 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

Do Not Have
Piano, projector, microphones, instrument cables, power strips
Do Not Provide
Guaranteed payment, guest passes, hotel accommodations, transportation, rehearsal space/time, or a sound person.
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 Curators/Volunteers
Ernesto Diaz-Infante, Sean Rooney, Steev Hise, Scott Looney, Matt Ingalls, Damon Smith, Bob Boster, Melissa Metrick, Jon Brumit (send us a note if you presented over the past 20 years, we'd love to hear from you).

Past Performers
Over the course of its Thursday night concerts, the series has presented hundreds of artists drawn from a vanguard roster, among them Cecil Taylor, Miya Masaoka, Alan Silva, Carl Stone, Biggi Vinkeloe, Joe McPhee, Janet Feder, Peter Kowald, Henry Kaiser, Fred Frith, Gino Robair, Koji Asano, Andrea Neumann, Axel Dorner, Kitundu, Pamela Z, Wolfgang Fuchs, Amy Denio, Jason Kahn, Eddie Prevost, Karen Stackpole, Ernesto Diaz-Infante, Gianni Gebbia, Karen Borca, Oluyemi Thomas, Saadet Turkoz, Yasuhiro Otani, Eddie Gale, Jim Ryan, Dina Emerson, Burton Green, Jane Rigler, Jack Wright, Assif Tsahar, CJ Reaven Borosque, Glenn Spearman, Danielle DeGruttola, Bob Marsh, Shoko Hikage, Bob Ostertag, Xome, Randy Yau, Stimbox, Kaffe Matthews and countless others both local and international.

Luggage Store Web Site
http://www.outsound.org

Upcoming Events:
Thursday, December 4 2014 8:00 PM
8:00 PM DunkelpeK
Nava Dunkelman - percussion, Jakob Pek - guitar, miscellany, piano
9:00 PM Mike Sopko & Hamir Atwal duo
"an amazing document of eclectic improvisation. . . " - Frank Alkyer

DunkelpeK is Nava Dunkelman (percussion) and Jakob Pek (guitar, miscellany, piano). This Bay Area based duo offers listeners a visceral, syncretic experience of sound and silence. Inspired and informed by many musics of the world and beyond, DunkelpeK interweaves and explores countless dimensions of vibration, giving being to a sonic reality unlike any other.

Mike Sopko & Hamir Atwal duo "a blend of jazz, rock and blues with infectious folkiness. . ." - Downbeat Magazine " . . . an ever expanding trip." - Sonic Masala

Hamir Atwal - Hamir studied at the Berklee College of Music on a scholarship studying improvisation/composition with saxophone great Joe Lovano and trombonist Hal Crook. After graduating from Berklee, Hamir moved back to the San Francisco Bay Area, where he collaborated/recorded with musicians such as clarinetist/composer Ben Goldberg, Blue Note recording artist Greg Osby and saxophone legend Joe Lovano. In addition to performing, Hamir has taught drum clinics at the Stanford Jazz Workshop, the Berkeley JazzSchool, and Music Academy International (Nancy, France). He has performed internationally with notable musicians such as Joe Lovano, Greg Osby, Ben Goldberg, and many more.

Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Mike Sopko, has been playing and studying guitar for over 20 years. Mike teaches and performs throughout the the US studying with a variety of teachers such as Dave Fiuczynski, Richard Smith and Bob Fraser. He has developed an array of guitar styles, including jazz, classical, and Bluegrass. Over the years, he has played, recorded, and toured with such musicians as Thomas Pridgen, G. Calvin Weston (Ornette Colman), Mike Watt, and Martin Dosh. Mike teaches at the Avloni Academy of Music, where he has been the head guitar instructor since 2003. In 2010, Mike founded the Bay Area band, Glimpse Trio/Duo, with drummer, Hamir Atwal. Glimpse Trio's first album, 1985, was awarded "Editor's Pick of the Month" in Downbeat Magazine by famed jazz/blues critic Frank Alkyer.  More...

Thursday, December 11 2014 8:00 PM
8pm GIF Problem
Sharmi Basu - electronics, Josh Marshall - tenor sax, Aaron Oppenheim - electronics
9pm Key West
Brian Pedersen - saxophones, Rent Romus - saxophones, Dave Dupuis - upright bass, Randylee Sutherland - euphonium/drums
Key West is a collective of musicians from varying musical backgrounds whose singular goal is to create a wall of sound through improvisation. They reference, disregard, and come out shooting.  More...

Thursday, December 18 2014 8:00 PM
sonic alchemy, stretched membrane, texture, chance and exploration
8pm: Ben Bennett/Wilson Shook
9pm: Thomas Dimuzio

San Francisco-based Thomas Dimuzio is one of those unsung artistic figures whose influence and abilities have substantially outstripped his visibility. Composer, collaborator, experimental electronic musician, multi-instrumentalist, improvisor, sound designer and mastering engineer - Dimuzio has been busy doing his thing(s) since the late 1980's, but is still only known to a small circle of electronic music enthusiasts. A true sonic alchemist who can seemingly create music events out of almost anything, Dimuzio's listed sound sources on his various releases include everything from "modified 10 speed bicycle" and "resonating water pipe" to short-wave radios, field recordings, loops, samplers and even normal instruments such as clarinet and trumpet. And while his wide range of musical interests make it impossible to pin a label on him, Dimuzio clearly has an insider's knowledge of older experimental musical forms such as musique concrete and electroacoustic, as well as more current dark ambient, noise and post-techno styles.

Dimuzio’s pioneering and innovative use of live sampling, synthesis, signal processing, custom crossfade looping and algorithmic mixing fuels a synergy of man and machine in his live performances. Intercepted signal feeds from his collaborators, as well as wild sources of MIDI-controlled feedback, modular synthesizers, circuit-bent toys, ambient microphones on the streets, et al become integrated as sound sources within Dimuzio’s system of live interactive electronics. His music has been released internationally on labels including RéR Megacorp, RRRecords, Asphodel, No Fun Productions, Seeland, Isounderscore, Gench, Record Label Records, Odd Size Records, Sonoris and Melon Expander. Dimuzio’s studio-based releases include his critically acclaimed (All Music Guide Pick) debut LP HEADLOCK, his double CD masterwork Sonicism, potent early cassette works detailed on Louden, and Slew, his compilation of compilation tracks spanning 14 years. His live releases Mono::Poly, Markoff Process, and Gench Concert Archives document a large number of his solo concerts.

Ben Bennett is an improvising percussionist from Columbus, Ohio. He attempts to create unique shared experiences through performances that emphasize presence, immediacy, and intuition. He applies a broad palette of sound that derives from an ongoing investigation of the physical nature of the body and of the stretched membrane (i.e. drumhead). His unconventional approach to musical form and audience relations can reveal a powerful musicality in the most unlikely gestures.
"The crux of Bennett’s output is formed through his anomalous showmanship and in the resourceful nature of the instruments he tailors. If there is “value” to be found in his art, then these aspects surely make for a sensible starting point. Recycled objects and household items are transformed into contraptions assembled for a purpose unknown to the performer until the very moment he drags them before baffled onlookers, inserting them into an orifice or smashing them with an unrelated implement. Such instances of universal obscurity add to the queer web of noise that makes the resulting sound so riveting from the perspective of the audience." -Tiny Mixtapes

Wilson Shook is an improvising saxophonist living in Seattle, Washington.
Wilson’s music emphasizes focus, texture, chance and exploration. It is ‘new music’ in that it explores each new moment and seeks to develop a critical awareness of the present.
Sonically, Wilson's music is informed by lower case and minimalist aesthetics, while embracing the full range of his instrument. He is especially interested in incidental or 'between' sounds: material that exists on the edges and in the cracks of the conventional sonic palate. Politically, Wilson's work attempts a practical approach to feminist, anarchist and surrealist conceptions of freedom on a situational scale.  More...

Thursday, January 8 2015 8:00 PM
8pm TBA
9pm Ross Hammond/Max Johnson  More...

Thursday, January 15 2015 8:00 PM
8pm Dave DeFilippo
9pm Ryan/Pino Duo
Jim Ryan - saxophones, kalimba, flutes, electronics
Mark Pino - drums, percussion, pedals, voice

This will be one of the last shows for Jim Ryan as a local performer who will be moving to the East Coast in February  More...

Thursday, January 29 2015 8:00 PM
8pm dRachEmUsiK
9pm Alphastare (Jeff Klukowski) vs Infinite Plastic Internal (Mark Pino)

(Mark Pino) got to know each other through various music-related internet chat sites. These conversations were initiated through a mutual love of improvised and electronic music forms, across many genres.
They have played music together privately and in public. They describe the sound which arises from their duo exchanges as "Ritualistic Electro-Acoustic Music". These rituals are improvised, with an emphasis placed upon mutual listening and creative thinking.

dRachEmUsiK is the solo project of award winning electronic musician, sound designer and producer Charles Shriner. Charles’ music combines a plethora of nuanced techniques in order to create groovy and meditative soundscapes; giving structure to improvisation. This style manifests itself into an organic and natural composition of a free flowing design resulting in improvisations and structured pieces ranging from ambient to glitch-groove, noise to nujazz.  More...

Thursday, October 22 2015 8:00 PM
The Experimental Side of the Y2k15 Live Looping Festival  More...

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