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, November 6 2014 8:00 PM
8pm Tania Chen, Tom Djll, Gino Robair
9pm Caracol Carnívoro (From LA: Martín Escalante - sax and Oliver Steinberg - bass)


Caracol Carnívoro make nightmare music on acoustic instruments. Both natives of Los Angeles, Martín Escalante (sax) and Oliver Steinberg (bass) met online through a craig's list want ad. Martín has lived most of his life in Guanajuato, Mexico, working on film and photography jobs, while Oliver lives and works as a professional musician in LA, this duo is their outlet for cathartic, ritualistic, improvised noise rooted in free jazz. https://caracolcarnivoro.bandcamp.com/releases

Tania Chen is a pianist, experimental musician, free improviser and sound artist, working with pianos, keyboards, found objects, toys and vintage and lo-fi electronics.
She studied piano with John Tilbury during her Masters degree in Performance studies at Goldsmiths College, University of London.
She has performed the music of John Cage, Earle Brown, Schoenberg, Webern, Satie, Scriabin, Andrew Poppy, Michael Parsons and Chris Newman in the UK, Europe, USA and Japan. She is equally known for her passion for free improvisation, performing alongside and collaborating with musicians that include Steve Beresford, John Edwards, Lol Coxhill, Alan Tomlinson, Roger Turner, John Butcher, Rhodri Davies and Terry Day.
Earlier this year, Tania has been touring John Cage’s Indeterminacy with Steve Beresford and the comedian, writer and performer Stewart Lee. Most recently, she has been nominated for the Royal Philharmonic Society RPS Award.

Besides having a fascination with resonating objects, Gino Robair owns
Rastascan Records and is an associate editor for Electronic Musician
magazine.
Gino frequently tours North America and Europe as a soloist and often improvises in ad-hoc groups. He has performed and/or recorded with Anthony Braxton, Tom Waits, John Butcher, LaDonna Smith, Otomo Yoshihide, Eugene Chadbourne, John Zorn, Nina Hagen, Thinking Fellers Union Local 282, Myra Melford, ROVA Saxophone Quartet, The Club Foot Orchestra, and he is a founding member of the Splatter Trio.

Tom Djll is a composer, improviser, and occasional writer on music. He is the recipient of a Masters degree from Mills College in Electronic Music as well as a Deeploma from the Deep Listening Organization, and was awarded the Paul Merritt Henry Prize for Composition at Mills. His projects include Mockracy, for co-operative orchestra, Grosse Abfahrt, large-group free improvisational music, and Beauty School, hardcore electronic noise. Djll appears on recordings from EMANEM, Tzadik, Creative Sources, Rastascan, and Artifact.  More...

Thursday, November 13 2014 8:00 PM
8:00pm The Ruminations
Mark Pino - percussion, Rent Romus - saxophones/toys/etc, Jakob Pek - guitar/etc., Gabby Fluke-Mogul - violin
9:00pm Eat the Sun
"The Djerassi Sessions" album release performance
Jason Hoopes, Gretchen Jude, Noah Phillips


Eat The Sun is a trio of free improvising musicians, each of whom studied in the graduate music programs of Mills College. They played their first official gig in Oakland, in the light of the solar eclipse of 2012, what the band's name represents. Their music traverses a delicately balanced landscape of noise and tonality. At times very light, empty, and accessible. At other times dark, dense, and impenetrable. This is the terrain of Eat The Sun.

http://edgetonerecords.com/eatthesun.html

The Ruminations are instantaneous generators of the poke and ponder process of sound-shaping abstract experimental workout routines oblivious of prescribed thought or purpose.
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Thursday, November 20 2014 8:00 PM
8pm Adam Adhiyatma - guitar
9pm Odeya Nini - Vougheauxyice (Voice)


Compositions and improvisations for solo voice, investigating extended vocal techniques integrated with movement and field recordings. Vougheauxyice (Voice) explores the arc from silence to noise and from tender texture to the grandeur of melody.
Odeya Nini is a Los Angeles based experimental vocalist and contemporary composer.
She has collaborated extensively with dancers, animators, film makers and theater directors, including Meredith Monk and Butch Morris. Her work has been presented at numerous venues including REDCAT, the EMPAC center, the Hammer Museum, Joyce Soho, Art Basel Miami, and from Los Angeles to Tel Aviv to Odessa and Mongolia. Odeya holds a BFA from the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music where she studied with Theo Bleckmann and Gerry Hemingway, and an MFA in composition from California Institute of the Arts.
Her debut album Vougheauxyice was released on pfMENTUM records in April 2014.

Adam Adhiyatma is dedicated tothe discipline of musical improvisation as a form of procedural music, sound meditation, healing, social corrective or catharsis – when it admits to verbal description.
He is a guitarist, composer and improviser from Singapore exploring the formal and mystical boundaries of sound. Mystical: phenomenological or experiential rather than supernatural. Some of his favorite music combines clarity and detachment with hallucinatory intensity. He also ponders upon the concept of voices; multiple voices issuing from the same body, hydras, and the ensuing confusion, and the ensuing ecstasy.
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Thursday, December 4 2014 8:00 PM
8:00 PM DunkelpeK
9:00 PM Mike Sopko & Hamir Atwal duo
"an amazing document of eclectic improvisation. . . " - Frank Alkyer

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
9pm Key West  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, October 22 2015 8:00 PM
The Experimental Side of the Y2k15 Live Looping Festival  More...

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