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Luggage Store Creative Music Series

998 Market St.
San Francisco California 94103 USA  

The LSG Creative 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 Creative 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 $6-15 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

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 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, April 30 2015 8:00 PM
8pm Joshua Marshall - tenor saxphone
9pm Florent Colautti - e-String (France)

Florent Colautti's e-String is a home-built string instrument with electromagnetic bows (e-bow) piloted by the computer.
He explores the internal energy of sound, its friction, its beats. The road travels between the accumulation and evaporation, the stubborn pulse and harmonic sound. Thus, energy and emotional tension tend to listen and capture the hearing by mixing and interactions of matter. The work borrows a plastic way to get to the heart of the matter, his mutation.
Florent places a rubber band stretched to weather and minimal paths to better engulfed in dense and rough cuts. The piece is a common task that could not exist without the interaction of waves.

Joshua Marshall is an Oakland-based saxophonist and composer/improviser. His work involves architectural innovation, narrativity, systematic improvisatory practice, and live digital media. He has studied with Roscoe Mitchell, Fred Frith, Pauline Oliveros, Evan Parker, Zeena Parkins, Butch Rovan, I.M. Harjito, and Steve Adams of the ROVA Saxophone Quartet. Joshua has played and/or recorded with Opera Wolf, The Lords of Outland, Architect/Enchantress, Bill Noertker's Moxie, Medium Sized Band, ELL3, Cheer Accident, Josh Allen's Deconstruction Orchestra, Key West, Mister Sister, Ikue Mori, Robocop, the Andrew Weathers Ensemble, Modest Machine, and MDK. His music has been featured in festivals and conferences nationwide, including Providence Pixilerations events, the 2010 International Computer Music Conference and 2013's Outsound Summit. Joshua graduated from Brown University, earning a B.A. through the MEME program, and holds an M.F.A. in music from Mills College.  More...

Thursday, May 7 2015 8:00 PM
Puppy surprise improv night #2: Bring an instrument for some group improv! Instrumentalists will have their names drawn from a puppy surprise into quartets and quintets for short (7 minute) sets.

Jorge Bachmann (electronics)
Sheila Bosco (percussion or electronics)
Ferrara Brain Pan (clarinet / electronics)
Philip Everett (autoharp)
Joe Lasqo (keyboard)
Joshua Marshall (sax)
Collette McCaslin (trumpet)
David Michalak (lap steel / skatchboxes)
Mark Pino (percussion)
Eli Wallace (keyboard)




Note: Outsound's use of Puppy Surprise registered trademark does not suggest a relationship with Just Play Products, or make any sort of implication about the opinions of Just Play Products (or puppies, for that matter) about the validity and appeal of strange improvised music.  More...

Thursday, May 14 2015 8:00 PM
8pm: Scare the Neighbors (David Michalak and Philip Everett)
9pm: TBA  More...

Thursday, May 21 2015 8:00 PM
~Sound Speak~
8pm Oa
Matt Davignon - word electronics
Hugh Behm-Steinberg - word electronics
9pm The Cosmists
Andrew Joron - poetry/theremin
Mark Pino - electronics
Collette McCaslin - electronics/Trumpet

Oa (Hugh Behm-Steinberg and Matt Davignon) uses spoken stories, phrases, words and phonemes as the building blocks for improvised experimental music. Matt has been electronically manipulating sounds for over 20 years, including building an organic voice for drum machine on releases such as "Living Things". Hugh's poetry has been published in the books "The Opposite of Work" and "Shy Green Fields". Oa's debut CD compiles improvisations for samplers and digital turntables, mixing all the voices into a musical soup with ebbing and flowing narratives.  More...

Thursday, June 11 2015 8:00 PM
8pm: Y'reka (Aram Shelton: Sax/electronics & Owen Stewart-Robinson: Guitar/electronics)
9pm: Pamela Z (voice, electronics, video)

Owen Stewart-Robertson and Aram Shelton make music with guitar, saxophone, and electronics. It is focused improvisational music which uses textures as melody and creatively extends the sonic capabilities of their respective instruments.

Owen Stewart-Robertson is, among other things, a native of Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada, a guitarist, composer, educator, performer, a formerly active member of music scenes in, chronologically, the Maritimes, Montreal, Cincinnati, New York City, and Los Angeles, a mild claustrophobic, a participant in ensembles including VaVatican, Old Salt, This Sporting Life, Evelyn, Princess Reason, Teenage Burnout, Make A Circus, Jason Ajemian's HighLife and Folklords, Katherine Young's Pretty Monsters, a founder and director of experimental music label Prom Night Records, a brother of 3, a onetime student of a wonderful guy named Mick Goodrick, and an enthusiast of enthusiasm.

Aram Shelton is a saxophonist, clarinetist, improviser and composer based in Oakland, California. Since 2000 he has created original music that uses open ended improvisation as an integral component. In Oakland the projects Sound Quartet, Tonal Masher, Broken Trap Ensemble, and Ton Trio II represent his music. He is connected to Chicago (where he lived from 1999 to 2005) through his Quartet, the cooperative sextet Fast Citizens (Delmark), and Jason Adasiewicz’ Rolldown (Cuneiform). http://www.aramshelton.com/

Pamela Z is a composer/performer and media artist who works primarily with voice, live electronic processing, sampled sound, and video. A pioneer of live digital looping techniques, she processes her voice in real time to create dense, complex sonic layers. Her solo works combine experimental extended vocal techniques, operatic bel canto, found objects, text, and sampled concrète sounds. She uses MAX MSP and Isadora software on a MacBook Pro along with custom MIDI controllers that allow her to manipulate sound and image with physical gestures. Her performances range in scale from small concerts in galleries to large-scale multi-media works in theaters and concert halls. In addition to her performance work, she has a growing body of inter-media gallery works including multi-channel sound and video installations. http://pamelaz.com  More...

Thursday, June 18 2015 8:00 PM
8pm TBA
9pm Phillip Greenlief - solo saxophone

Saxophonist/Composer Phillip Greenlief will perform a set of solo improvisations as he kicks off his Summer 2015 Solo Tour of the United States. The Luggage Store Gallery show will be the first concert in a 28 city tour that will span both coastlines and cross the continent twice.

Since his emergence on the west coast in the late 1970s, Evander Music founder and saxophonist Phillip Greenlief has achieved international critical acclaim for his recordings and performances with musicians and composers in the post-jazz continuum as well as new music innovators and virtuosic improvisers. He has performed and recorded with Fred Frith, Meredith Monk and They Might Be Giants; albums include THAT OVERT DESIRE OF OBJECT with Joelle Leandre, and ALL AT ONCE with FPR (Frank Gratkowski, Jon Raskin, Phillip Greenlief). Recent residencies have included Headlands Center for the Arts and the University of Ballarat, Australia, and from 2012 to 2014 he was the curator at Berkeley Arts, a home for progressive music. He is the recipient of a San Francisco Bay Guardian Goldie Award.  More...

Thursday, July 16 2015 8:00 PM
8pm Jordan Glenn / Rent Romus duo
9pm IMA
Nava Dunkelman - percussion & Jeanie-Aprille Tang - electronics

IMA is an electro-percussive duo of Nava Dunkelman and Jeanie-Aprille Tang. The origin of this project came from our intention to express our voice through timbre in percussion and electronics. IMA [ii-ma] 今. 瞬間 focuses in the present moment in time and other distorted time perspectives, mirroring, non-retrograde, reflection, modulation, paralleling, echoes and melodies in speech. Nava Dunkelman is a Bay Area based percussionist and improviser. Born in Tokyo, Japan and raised in a multi-cultural environment by an American father and Indonesian mother, Nava’s musical interests span the globe from Japanese taiko to Indonesian gamelan to American marching band, and from classical to contemporary to the avant-garde. Jeanie-Aprille Tang aka Amma Ateria is an audio visual artist + electro-acoustic composer/improviser. Born in Hong Kong, she gravitates to rhythms of construction sites, roaming traffic, inaudible conversations, and airplanes. Her instrument is a collection of electronic hardware and plexi-glass.  More...

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

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