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Luggage Store Creative Music Series

The mission of Outsound Presents is to encourage experimental musical composition, improvisational performance, and the invention and use of new musical instruments. Genres include jazz, the avant-garde, found sound, noise art, musique concrète, minimalism, and the unnamable. We support the presentation of original works of new, creative, and experimental music and sound while raising public awareness of local and touring musicians as an alternative to both traditional and market-driven music.

Currently, Outsound Presents produces at least two weekly music series throughout the year, actively promotes artists who have participated in Outsound performances, and seeks to introduce a wider audience to new music through talks, demonstrations and performances at local schools and colleges and other educational venues. The organization’s premiere showcase is the weeklong New Music Summit, held each year in July.

Current Board:

Robert Anbian, Promotion Director, Board member
Sheila Bosco, Co-Director, Board member
Collette McCaslon, Production Director, Board Secretary
Amanda Chaudhary, Production Consultant, Board President
Matt Davignon, Production Director, Board member
Philip Everett, Production Consultant, Board member
Pete Martin, Production Consultant, Board member
Polly Moller, Grant Writer, Board member
Bill Noertker, Production Director, Board member
Ray Scheaffer, Production Consultant, Board member
John Vaughn, Production Consultant, Board member
Jennifer Chu, Grant Writer, Board member
Rent Romus, Executive Director, Board Treasurer

Past support volunteer roster includes:
Kathleen Quillian, Grant writer
Suki O’Kane, Production Director
David Katz, Funding consultant

Outsound began in February 2000 as a monthly music performance series at 848 Divisadero under the name ‘Static Illusion/Methodical Madness’ (SIMM). As the series grew, performances moved to the Musician’s Union Hall. Presently, Outsound is offering three performance series at different locations in the San Francisco Bay Area. Performances feature international as well as local talent in a broad range of new music and improvisational genres.

The Outsound New Music Summit (formerly the Edgetone Music Summit), presented on four consecutive nights in San Francisco and Oakland, has been showcasing the most innovative and pioneering new music in California and beyond since 2002. The Festival’s line-up includes electronic music artists, composers, and improvisers, providing a supportive environment for exploration of genre and sonic creativity. In addition, the festival is promoting intermedia arts, fostering cross-pollination between music/sound art and experimental film/visual arts.
In the last four years the Summit featured over 200 groups from around the United States as well as Europe, Australia, and Japan including California debut performances, drawing an audience of over a thousand annually.

The SIMM Series is a musician run/audience funded music series bringing highly professional and adventurous music that would not normally be heard or supported by mainstream venues. The series presents sixteen to twenty performances a year, bi-weekly on season (Spring-Fall) and monthly off season. And is currently in it’s sixth season.

The Luggage Store New Music Series presents weekly Thursday night performances. It is the longest standing experimental music series in the S. F. Bay Area. Operating since 1991; Outsound was given curator-ship in 2001. Artists receive promotional support as well as volunteer work from the curator artist members of Outsound (i.e. performance set-up, door staff).

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