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, Dec 12 2013 8:00 PM
8:15 pm Jack Hertz
8:50 pm Roro (Amsterdam)
9:30 pm Ti Femme (Amsterdam)
Jack Hertz works with real and artificial sounds to create intangible techno-organic impressions between music and noise. Jack has worked with many artists over the 30 years he has been playing. He has released more than 35 albums on netlabels around the world and receives regular air play on many radio stations.
Roro is a drummer who experiments with free percussion sounds. Besides playing in improv group Dagora he plays with different musicians and solo. Roro tries to find the energy of space and participants while remaining open to the environment and acoustics. lately roro has been lucky enough to have been making sonic waves of liberty with gems like: Anne la Berge, Peter Quistgard, Jaap Blonk, James Harrar, Yedo Gibson, Marshall Allen (of the sun ra arkastra), Dagora, Ti Femme, Dylan Carlson (of earth), Eugene Chadbourne, Geoff Leigh (of the henry cow), Peter Zincken, Frankie Vis, Ludo Mich, City Hands, Raoul van der Weide, Sunburned hand of the man, Eric Thielemans, Mik Quantius, John Moloney (of thurston moore's new band), Cathy Heyden, Daevid Allen (of gong/soft machine), Alfredo Genovesi, Arvind Ganga, and many more.....
Ti Femme a the solo project. Rituals in voice, harmonica, tape, found sounds, accordion, keyboards, and fx. Storytelling from the in between places through chant and repetition.
Ti Femme has toured and collaborated with Amsterdam noise/jazz improvisers Dagora and berlin based musician Wouter Jaspers, and has toured throughout europe.
Thursday, Dec 19 2013 8:00 PM
8pm Joshua Marshall - solo tenor saxophone
9pm Dave DeFilippo - algorithm and gesture improvised computer music
Joshua Marshall is a performer, composer, and improviser living inOakland, CA. His work involves abstract narrativity in musical form, systematic extensions of improvisatory practice, advanced studies in saxophone technique, and interactive performance with 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. In addition to performing solo saxophone sets, Joshua has played with Opera Wolf, Ikue Mori, Poles of Interest, the Andrew Weathers Ensemble, Modest Machine, and MDK. His playing has been featured in festivals and conferences nationwide, including Providence Pixilerations events and the 2010 International Computer Music Conference. Joshua graduated from Brown University, earning a B.A. through the nationally renowned MEME program, and is currently pursuing an MFA in Music at Mills College.
Dave DeFilippo's project makes use of software and touch sensitive controllers to compose thoughts both somatic and not, about 'the gesture' and its double, 'the program.' Gestures, as blocks of sensation formed by aesthetic practices, function as quasi-conversational periodic structures that make music convincing, convincing because they reference a body that acted. Programs in many cases, like the presets and audio units in Ableton Live, territorialise and transform what were body motions into models for efficiencies of sonic production and reproduction. Idealized and most times homogenized messages containing specific-affective instructions about how to be in body encapsulate as industrial standards, returning as radio-songs and returning as things becoming more and more similar to technology-- ourselves. The hope is to momentarily dislodge this great event of feedback we find ourselves in, by playing a synth/system that relies on loops of feedback and self-analysis to re-stabilize itself after being pressed to perform by gestures.
Thursday, Dec 26 2013 8:00 PM
8pm Slither Syndicate with Wolfgang Chan/Andre Custodio
Thursday, Jan 9 2014 8:00 PM
TRANCE MUTATIONS a guest curation by Micah Danemayer
projections by visual aids
Trance Mutations sonically grounds itself in hardware based electronics or analogue components. Magnified dark and industrial rhythms with glints of new age imagery, Trance is about a merging between many genres of electronic music complimented with cerebral imagery from resident and invited visual artists / projectionists
I.C.P.C.P is a recent discovery / diversion into areas lesser known… further into less well light areas… dusty.. degraded… of a future ever present.
Loachfillet’s sound structures are the sort of thing that occurs when you dissect Quintron’s Frog Tape, Rosa Rio’s horror picture theater organ and the Phantom of the Opera and reconstruct them into a horrific ungodly monster meant to roam the filthy sewers or tend to overgrown bats and spiders in a deep dank cave.
Demonsleeper a.k.a Alexandra Buschman is song project about nightmares and lucid dreams...
Thursday, Jan 16 2014 8:00 PM
8:00pm Half-Human Quartet
Joe Lasqo, Ritwik Banerjee & Warren Stringer
9:00pm Daniel Blomquist
Daniel Blomquist's work focuses on the breaking down of the physical form. His work is process based, it never has a defined end point but follows a set of rules to it's natural end. In breaking down the musical form he works to dissolve the digital perfection into an analog waste that hints at the its former euphoria.
Ritwik Banerji (ঋত্বিক ব্যানার্জী) , and Joe Lasqo have worked with artificial intelligence concepts of "Improvising Agents" (i.e. improvising software musicbots). Ritwik has used insights from learning theory and his practice as an educator to decolonize musician-computer interaction on the basis of openness "to the possibilities that a computer is already intelligent (not merely in the process of becoming intelligent)," resulting in the creation of his software musical collaborator, Maxine.
Joe Lasqo has applied experience from prior AI work in expert systems and natural language/speech processing to the development of Maxxareddu, a musical software entity using blackboard architectures, NLP algorithms and grammars for the purposes of musical improvisation.
They’ll join the improvising agents’ conversation on acoustic instruments (Banerji on saxophone, and Lasqo on piano) in the improvisational dance of decisions taken by humans and decisions taken by software.
Thursday, Jan 23 2014 8:00 PM
8pm Jan Pusina - electronics/laptop
Industrial, urban, conversations, radio, synthesized pieces and electroacoustic soundart from 1967 to 2011.
Composer and electronic pioneer Jan Pusina spent his early years out of college (U.C.Berkeley, m.a.1969) designing exhibits at San Francisco’s Exploratorium, hanging out at Mills College working on synthesizers and music concrete, teaching music at U.C.Davis, and science, and later working in electronics, accelerator technology and physics and at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Since his retirement in 2006 he has devoted himself to music: French horn performance and teaching, and composing.
Thursday, Jan 30 2014 8:00 PM
9pm The Wright Trio
feat Jack Wright - alto saxophone
Ben Wright - bass
Bob Marsh - cello
JACK WRIGHT. After teaching at Temple University in the 1960s and leaving academia in the early 1970s to engage in radical politics and community organizing, by the late 1970s Wright directed his energies into music. He is one of a very small group of musicians in North America that has played improvised music exclusively since the 1970s. Through years of near constant touring, often performing for audiences in cities and towns where improvised music had never before been heard, he came to be regarded as something of an underground legend. He has deliberately eschewed the conventions and socio-aesthetic limitations of musical careerism to pursue his own vision. Although his de-professionalized approach sets him apart from most musicians at his level of accomplishment, his art has always grown, expanded, and synthesized new information. He is unquestionably an original and virtuosic saxophonist, a master improviser who is deeply lyrical, with humor never far away.
Today Wright tours frequently in Europe and North America (and in Japan in 2006), making new musical and human connections, bringing European musicians to the U.S. and bringing musicians everywhere together. His inspiration has provided crucial impetus to hundreds of musicians and has even motivated several people to establish music venues in order to present him and other improvisers (e.g. Baltimore’s High Zero festival). His vast list of collaborators includes some “name” luminaries (William Parker, Axel Dorner, Michel Doneda, Andrea Neumann, Denman Maroney, Bhob Rainey to name a few) but more significant are the many obscure greats he has played with. He has made over 40recordings (many published on his own Spring Garden label), performed in over 20 countries, and written extensively and insightfully about music and society for journals such as Improjazz (France) and Signal to Noise (US), as well as his own website.S
Thursday, Feb 6 2014 8:00 PM
8pm Dylan Neely - electroacoustic violin
9pm Christopher Luna's Jatyantara-parinamah
Nava Dunkelman, percussion, Jacob Peck, guitar, Aprille Tang, electronics, Jeniffer Wilsey, percussion, Christopher Luna, keyboard/conduction, Rachel Condry, clarinet
Dylan Neely is a composer, performer, and sound artist. His music has been performed by groups including Quartetto Indaco, Mills Contemporary Performance Ensemble, Mills Improvisation Workshop, and Caedmon Quartet, and played by The American Composers' Orchestra and The Salome Chamber Orchestra. He has performed as a violinist with musicians including Paul Cantelon, Angela McCluskey, Wadada Leo Smith, and Roscoe Mitchell. Dylan is a former Fulbright Fellow to Serbia and a past participant of the highSCORE Festival, the New York Youth Symphony Composition Program, and The Watermill Center's International Summer Program. He received his B.A.magna cum laude from Bard College at Simon's Rock and is currently a graduate student at Mills College.
The music included in this cycle originated from a collection of sounds that were recorded in different locations (the city, a studio, the woods, etc.). The process of transcription and analysis of these sounds brought awareness of the way in which their harmony, rhythm, density, dynamics and timbre relate to each other. In the process of translation from field recording to instrumental music there is a transformation that occurs due to notation, acoustics, and esthetics. Our objective is to bring these sounds to music (are they music already?), sometimes as faithfully as possible, other times using them as starting points for improvisational and compositional development, establishing a direct connection to their original form. We imagine this transformation as transmigration (in sanscrit, Jatyantara-parinamah): the characteristic traits of a sound are detached from their source and born into a new form (the composition, the musician and the instrument), adding to it a new layer of existence and at the same time keeping the essence of its previous source.
Thursday, Feb 13 2014 8:00 PM
Laurie Buenafe, Eric Saxby, Ken Prokuski
9pm Reconnaissance Fly
Whatuke is a mystical uke trio that forgets keys. The first step in learning to play the ukulele is to forget how to
play the ukulele. The next step is to forget that it is an ukulele.
Reconnaissance Fly is a band of composers who have reclaimed the best spam poetry ("spoetry") for humanity, deploying jazz, progressive rock, funk, samba, free improvisation, a small Chinese gong, and an arsenal of wind instruments against the dastardly internet robots.
The five members of Reconnaissance Fly are Amar Chaudhary with keyboard and electronics; Rich Lesnik playing clarinet, bass clarinet, and soprano and tenor saxophones; Polly Moller with flute, bass flute and voice; Larry the O on the drums, and Tim Walters on bass guitar and electronics. When not playing live around the Bay Area they are recording their debut album Flower Futures, awakening their inner Peter Frampton, and denouncing pineapple pizza. www.reconnaissancefly.com
Thursday, May 15 2014 8:00 PM
An evening with Marco Eneidi
more information TBA