Edgetone Records 25th Anniversary Festival

English: Rent Romus performing at the San Fran...

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Outsound Presents @ SIMM Series
Edgetone Records 25th Anniversary

Musicians Union Hall
Where: 116 9th Street San Francisco, CA
Sunday November 20, 2016
Doors 6:30pm music at 7:00pm
$10-20 sliding

presenting original music and improvisation from
Keith Kelly Ensemble
Jazz On the Line
Thollem McDonas
The Lords of Outland

On a fall night November 18th 1991 Edgetone Records presented “no boundaries” from the group Jazz On the Line in Santa Cruz California at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center. Now, twenty five years later Edgetone sports a catalog of over 180 releases from 70 different artists and bands from the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond.

Founded by saxophonist Rent Romus, Edgetone is built on the foundation of supporting community as well as unique and creative approaches to music. Additionally, the label strives to be a beacon to independent and exploratory musicians who seek to have a home without compromise.
In celebration of the fiercely “Do-It-Yourself” spirit, Rent Romus in association with Outsound Present this final showcase at the SIMM Series at the Musicians Union Hall 116 9th Street San Francisco on Sunday November 20th at 7:00 pm.

7:00 pm Keith Kelly Ensemble
Keith Kelly – woodwinds Tony Obr – modular synth Nathan Hubbard – drums and cymbals, electronics, vibraphone Brett Reed – drums and cymbals, electronics, vibraphone
The Keith Kelly Ensemble plays improvised music, blending electronic and acoustic sounds. The members share a love of jazz, contemporary classical, noise, and dance music – all of which provide fertile soil to till.

7:45 pm Jazz On the Line
Rent Romus – alto saxophone, Anna Kristina – vocals,
Stefano DeZerega – piano, Ben Leinbach – drums,
Ravi Abcarian – double bass
In the summer of 1984 Rent Romus founded the Jazz on the Line with co-founding members saxophonist/composer Michael Sidney Timpson, saxophonist Daniel Magay. In 1986 while attending the University of California at Santa Cruz, Rent Romus and Jason Olaine re-formed the group, which became the primary focus for his compositions and productions until 1993. The group began as an acoustic jazz sextet which later fused jazz, blues, gospel, and other popular styles into their original compositions.

8:45 pm Pianist Thollem McDonas was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, rigorously studying the standard classical piano repertoire, composing and improvising since he was a young child and absorbing the myriad of sounds of his culturally diverse upbringing. After dedicating his 20s and 30s to grassroots political activism, he’s refocused his attention these last 10 years on a breadth of musics that incorporate his myriad experiences and curiosities. In this last decade alone, he has played well over 1,000 concerts throughout N. America and Europe as a soloist and in collaboration with hundreds of musicians, dancers, and filmmakers. As leader or co-leader, he has released almost 50 albums in that span on 19 different vanguard labels to international critical acclaim.

9:30 pm Rent Romus’ Lords of Outland
CJ Borosque – no-input pedals/trumpet, Rent Romus – alto/soprano saxophone, Ray Scheaffer – electric bass, Philip Everett – drums/percussion
Saxophonist, composer Rent Romus created the Lords of Outland in 1994 a collective of like-minded musicians focusing on exploring improvisation, melody, noise, and sound art while acknowledging their jazz, rock, and blues roots. The group has developed original music ranging in a series of recordings inspired by abstract socio-political themes as well as authors Frank Herbert, H.P. Lovecraft, Phil K. Dick.