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This will be a week of two adventurous concerts from Outsound Presents

Ori Barel working with his electronic gear
Ori Barel working with his electronic gear
courtesy of BayImproviser

As I have previously written, Outsound Presents regularly fulfills its mission “to provide the explorative sonic community with opportunities to promote their vision and perform their music” with two regular concert series. The New Music Series at the Luggage Story Gallery (LSG) is the longest-standing experimental music series in the Bay Area and presents multi-set performances every Thursday evening curated by Rent Romus and Matt Davignon. The second is called the SIMM (Static Illusion Methodical Madness) Music Series. This involves concerts on Sunday evenings that present “highly professional and truly adventurous music that would not normally be heard or supported by mainstream society.” Romus is also the curator of this series, working in conjunction with Bill Noertker.

The next SIMM Series concert will take place this weekend. So this will be the only week of the month that provides opportunities to attend both events. Specific details are as follows.

The “main attraction” at this Thursday’s LSG concert will be Ori Barel. Barel's music explores the use of electronics in both chamber music and orchestral settings. His chamber music has been performed by a variety of ensembles in cities such as Los Angeles, New York, and Berlin. His LSG set, which will begin at 9:15 p.m., will be all-electronic. He will be preceded at 8:45 p.m. by the improvisation duo of Nick Obando on saxophone and Rub Pumpelly on drums. The opening set, at 8:15 p.m., will be given by guitarist Joe Tocci, performing with extensive augmentation by electronic equipment providing noise sources and supporting sampling and looping.

LSG is located at 1007 Market Street, on the south side just west of the intersection with Sixth Street. (Details are provided because the entrance is very inconspicuous. The door opens to a staircase leading up to the gallery.) Admission is on a sliding scale from $6 to $10. Again, the first set will begin at 8:15 p.m. on Thursday, August 14.

The SIMM Series concerts will have two sets more extended in length. It will begin at 7:30 p.m. with a solo piano performance by Brett Carson, who calls his improvisations his “metaphysical musical excursions.” He will be followed, at 8:30 p.m., by Noertker’s Moxie, a free improvisation quartet led by Noertker on bass. The other members are Annelise Zamula on tenor sax and flute, Theo Padouvas on trumpet, and Jon Arkin on drums. As was the case with Obstreperous Doves, which Noertker led at the 13th Annual Outsound New Music Summit, Noertker has gone for the brashly aggressive in naming this quartet. It was formed in 2001 as a forum for compositions inspired by both the visual (artists such as Paul Klee, Wassily Kandinsky, and Salvador Dali) and the literary (poets such as Rainer Maria Rilke). The group has performed over 150 of these pieces and released eight CDs, including Sketches of Catalonia, which fills three CDs, and the two-volume Blue Rider Suite.

This performance will take place on Sunday, August 17, beginning at 7:30 p.m. The venue for SIMM Series concerts is the Musicians Union Hall at 116 Ninth Street, near the corner of Mission Street. General admission is $10 with an $8 rate for students and seniors.

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