Luggage Store New Music SeriesOutsound co-Presents @ The Luggage Store Gallery
1007 Market St.
San Francisco California 94103 USA
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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.
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.
Please read the policies here. Contact Rent Romus for booking and all other inquires.
|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.|
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)
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.
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
|Visual arts gallery with simple PA (mixer and 2 speakers, 2 mic stands, 2 mics), full window film screen, one LCD projector (no interface must supply own cable). A few tables, 45 folding chairs and 2 music stands are available. Max Capacity 100(standing room)|
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
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).
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
Directions : 1.5 blocks from the Powell Street BART station
2 doors up from Taqueria Cancun
Link to home page : Luggage Store New Music Series
Thursday, Mar 13 2014 8:00 PM
8pm: SING Sang SUNG with Bob Marsh - solo voice
9pm The Holly Martins
Kasey Knudsen- Alto Saxophone, Eric Vogler - Guitar, Lorin Benedict - Voice
The Holly Martins (named after the main character in the classic postwar film, The Third Man) is a trio of Bay Area musicians dedicated to exploring the boundaries of jazz-infused improvised music, but without the trappings of a traditional "rhythm section". This configuration requires each individual to simultaneously take on multiple roles typically assigned individual players (soloist versus accompanist), thereby promoting more open-ended explorations of the material.
"The inspired combination of musical elements here results in a sound that's not only fresh and original, but far more accessible than the concept might suggest on paper." - The One True Dead Angel
Thursday, Mar 20 2014 8:00 PM
8pm: Gestaltish (Rachel Condry - clarinets, Gretchen Jude -vocals/mic, Jacob Pek - electric guitar/percussion, Jennifer Wilsey - percussion/piano)
9pm: Gosling (Sarah Elena Palmer and Danishta Rivero)
Gestaltish is a Bay Area quartet of improvisers who, when taken as a whole, may seem more than the sum of their parts. This dynamic group of musicians maintain a regular improvising practice together using game strategies and Deep Listening practices. Out of their continued work, they have developed their own language. Embracing tonality, rhythmic integrity or the absence of either, this free-improvising ensemble traipses deftly through sonic space and time. They will keep your ears...on their toes, as it were.
1. a young goose
2. a foolish, inexperienced person
3. The combined forces of vocalists, Danishta Rivero (Voicehandler,Blood Wedding, Aghora) and Sarah Elena Palmer (EFFT, Lutra Lutra)
Danishta: a musician/sound artist who specializes in the Hydrophonium (a water-based electro-acoustic percussion instrument), extended vocal techniques, and digital processing.
Sarah: a songwriter and a vocal improviser - tending towards the emotional and tonal - who also uses electronic processing to adjust the spacial/textural context of her sounds.
Thursday, Mar 27 2014 8:00 PM
8:00 Quattuor Elephantis
Brett Carson, Mateo Lugo, Robert Lopez, Scott Siler
9:00 Talk More
Andrew Weathers, Shanna Sordahl, Aaron Oppenheim
Thursday, Apr 3 2014 8:00 PM
8pm: MoreGuitar - Michael Knowlton/David Michalak
9pm: Thomas Carnacki
Michael Knowlton is a Stinson Beach based visual artist and musician who loves to surf when not playing the guitar or painting. He feels fortunate to have played with two generations of Bay Area experimental musicians and instrument builders and loves the interaction and dialogue that happens in the moment. His CD releases include: Swarm Warnings, Moanin Parade, and Sideshow Seance. Knowlton's paintings have been widely exhibited and collectors include Tom Waits, Dennis Hopper, Nicolas Cage, and Danielle Steele.
David Michalak is a San Francisco based filmmaker and musician who has never surfed and only recently has admitted to being a guitar player. He's made over 50 films, some of which have been shown at the SF International Film Festival, Cannes, The Everson Art Museum and other less noted venues. He has released CDs with: T.D. Skatchit & Co., Ghost in the House, Reel Change and Doctor Bob. His performances are characterized by shimmering passages, abstract snapshots and haunting representations of visual elements.
Thomas Carnacki is a purloined moniker attached to the recording and performing activities of Berkeley-based Gregory Scharpen, who in turn emerges from the twin factory-farms of theatrical sound design and several tours of duty with the oblique-concrete outfit irr. app. (ext.). Thomas Carnacki has performed on both coasts of the continent, and has convinced a sizable number of luminaries to shed their dignity and participate in the proceedings. The core performing outfit generally includes Jesse Burson, James Kaiser, and Gregory Hagan. Carnacki performances have taken place in festivals such as Project Soundwave and the 2008 Whitney Biennial, and as part of such organisms as the Illuminated Corridor and Neighborhood Public Radio. https://www.facebook.com/thomascarnacki
Thursday, Apr 10 2014 8:00 PM
8pm Bush of Ghosts + Aurora Josephson
Aurora Josephson - voice, Philip Greenlief - saxophones
Damon Smith - double bass, Spirit - percussion
9pm Sandy Ewen (Houston) - guitar, objects
Tony Dryer - double bass
Jacob Felix Heule - percussion
Sandy Ewen is one of the most important improvising musicians in Texas. She has created a new improvisational language in her stereo, object-based approach to the guitar. While not the first musician to lay the guitar flat or use objects, the her detailed exploration of each object's sonic capabilities and and using each object as almost a second instrument separates her from those who rely on effects pedals or traditional guitar technique for their sound palette.
She will play She will play solo and trio with Jacob Felix-Heule & Tony Dryer, who have a duo called Basshaters.
Bush of Ghosts was formed & named by Philip Greenlief in the early 21st century. It is named after the famous novel by Nigerian writer Amos Tutuola. It was a working band for period that explores where free jazz and free improvisation overlap. An extreme sensitivity to timbre is the unifying principle.
The "rhythm section" of Spirit and Damon Smith have collaborated with a wide range of musicians such as Joëlle Leandré, Peter Kowald, John Tchicai, Peter Van Bergen, Marco EneIdi, Glenn Spearman, Wadada Leo Smith & Peter Brötzmann. Greenlief, one of the finest saxophonists in the world belongs squarely in this company. The trio was augmented by trombonist Jen Baker in the past & for this concert they are joined by the amazing Aurora Josephson, who has a long history with all three musicians.
Thursday, Apr 17 2014 8:00 PM
8pm: Eric Glick Rieman - Prepared & Extended Rhodes Piano
9pm: Rachel Condry (clarinet) and people
Eric Glick Rieman:
Performing on a variety of instruments, including the prepared/extended Rhodes electric piano, as well as piano, melodica, celeste, organ, Waterphone, and toy piano, SF Bay Area composer/improviser Eric Glick Rieman performs improvised and previously structured music in several settings, both solo and in groups, He has performed with the Mills College Contemporary Performance Ensemble in Oakland, CA, USA since 1999, and received an MFA from Mills in Electronic Music and the Recording Media in 2001. Rieman writes for piano, Rhodes electric piano, and ensembles. http://www.ericglickrieman.com/ (Photo Credit - Peterbkaars.com)
Thursday, Apr 24 2014 8:00 PM
8:00 Crash & Burn
8:40 Bear Bones, Lay Low
9:20 Jooklo Duo
Breaking away from the more prominent style of saxophone led improv band, LIBERTAS, CRASH & BURN employ elements of early INDUSTRIAL MUSIC, ELECTRONIC, and JAZZ into their minimalist to frantic way of playing and living. One moment it can sound like EINSTURZENDE NEUBAUTEN, the next moment it's urgent FREE JAZZ. This is no dinner music!
Thursday, May 1 2014 8:00 PM
8pm: Jim Ryan/Mark Pino Duo
Chekeré is an ensemble of percussionists led by Bob LaDue, who all play differently-pitched chekerés (dried gourds with nets of beads around them). http://music.dennydennybreakfast.com/album/cheker-part-i
Thursday, May 8 2014 8:00 PM
8:00 pm TBA
9:00 pm cleaninglady
Stevie Richards - saxophone and Modular Synthesizer
Stevie Richards is a builder and player who performs under the name : cleaninglady.(Stevie is also the Sound Engineer for Make It Up Club in Melbourne , Australia which has just celebrated their 16th Anniversary).cleaninglady musical performances are varied depending on venues and personnel. Mains instruments used are Hand Made Modular Synthesizer and Alto Sax but rarely together. On Modular Synth : Performances follow a restricted discipline of using only a single voice panel of Modular Synth with no keyboard and outboard effects. The point here is not to rely on effects to flesh out the performance but to have to actually play the instrument using knowledge of signal path only as a guide. The actual sounds can be quite harsh to intense sub bass and everything in between. This is generally dictated by the venue or collaborators on the night.On Saxophone : The approach is conversational , sometimes intense ; always coming out of an improvised exchange with collaborators or the playing environment.It could be seen as free jazz ; the intent is an honest expression of the moment.
Thursday, May 15 2014 8:00 PM
An evening with Marco Eneidi
Musician/composer/alto saxophonist Marco Eneidi and Swiss/Mexican drummer Cosmic Brujo play in a series of solos and duos breathtaking in its originality and visceral energy. Their improvisational approach is so personal, so explosive and so devastating that it makes jazz (and most other music) sound like the archaic language of an ancient people. There's also a gentle side that makes even simple melodies seem radiantly beautiful. Colors circulate, falling high in the order of justice, introducing the metal poetry of what they are saying. Brujo drummer reaches down into the boom boom de-la bam
from the red chili in what is essentially the expression of an attitude, or a collection of attitudes, about the world, and only secondarily an attitude about the way music is made.
Along with saxophonist Marco Eneidi, the overarching focus of the musicians is to play a wholly improvised, spontaneously created series of works, demonstrating the fertility and expressiveness of free and collective creativity. They use a color palate that transcends the normal order of things, causing the listener to be jolted from their relative comfort, urging them to ruminate on justice and planetary zeitgeist.
Hearing them together, blending improvisation and counterpoint harmony, is like monitering an active volcano.
Thursday, May 22 2014 8:00 PM
8:15 Pauchi Sasaki
8:45 Bill Baird
9:30 Beast Nest
Bill Baird writes:
"My works explore alternative controllers for musicians -- graphic scores, timers, text, conduction, body movement -- usually within a theatrical context. I like when form and content are indivisible and reinforce one another. The instruments in my ensemble change for each show but have been known to include: cello, saxophones, trombone, violins, vibraphone, typewriter, amplified household objects, computer robot voice generator, tape echo, and musical desk of my own construction. I am currently an MFA candidate at Mills College and am composing multiple works for theatre, small ensemble, and film scores, as well as more traditional song-type music with the context shifted into the unfamiliar." http://www.billbillbillbillbill.com
Beast Nest/Sharmi Basu is currently an MFA student at Mills College in the Electronic Music and Recording Arts department. Based in Oakland, she attempts to catalyze a political, yet ethereal aesthetic through combining her strict anti-colonial and anti-imperialist politics with a commitment to spirituality within the arts. Beast Nest, Sharmi's primary performing project, uses her unwavering depression & restrained horror to channel left-eyed spirits. While simultaneously clearing and entering, the sewage pipes of the body and the patriarchy congeal into watery soundscapes as a vehicle for achieving liberation through the darkest of fears.https://soundcloud.com/olgadagod
Thursday, May 29 2014 8:00 PM
Syrinx (yasi perrara)
The Fathers (headboggle/sun poisoning collab)