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Rent Romus

Born: January 6, 1968    Primary Instrument: Sax, alto

Rent Romus

RENT ROMUS “swings like death and hell” according to the late Danish writer and producer Jack Lind. Born in the great north of upper Michigan and growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, Romus' work on the saxophone has been dubbed “ferocious” by the San Francisco Weekly and “central to the creative music world of the West Coast” by writer jazz critic Frank Rubolino. From his very beginnings as a student of jazz while being exposed to the twilight tutelage of Stan Getz he found himself drawn to the outer realms of Sun Ra and Albert Ayler, as well as Derek Bailey and Merzbow. He runs the collective ensembles the Lords of Outland as well as the Life’s Blood trio...
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Awards:

2003 recipient Meet The Composer Grant, Meridian Gallery Series, San Francisco, CA 2006 recipient Meet the Composer Creative Connections Grant, Bloom Tour, Bowerbird Philadelphia, PA
”Romus has been central to the creative music world of the West Coast for a number of years, and he keeps stretching the boundaries of originality with each new release.” - Frank Rubolino onefinalnote.com/Cadence

“Romus' sax rekindles that flame egregiously, thematic sketches becoming instant excuses for the instruments to coalesce into a gruelling mass of Pollockian sonic painting that plumps on the brain and self-adjusts until your synapses are completely disjointed.” Massimo Ricci, Touching Extremes

“Rent Romus and his Sax are the rudder, guiding the way....his frenzied summersaults lead the band ever upwards towards the sky.” Tobias Fischer, Tokafi

“The center piece of the band is Rent Romus with his fantastic sax work, and like his contemporary Zorn, Romus has a long history in the music scene as well as in the established cultural art world working and collaborating with talented musicans.”-Jackalblaster

Discography As a Leader/Co-leader: Life's Blood, Truth Teller (Edgetone, 2013) Thee Unhip, Lords of Outland, Nine Winds 2012 Cloud Knitter Suite Live, Lords of Outland, Edgetone 2012 Edge of Dark, Lords of Outland with Vinny Golia, Edgetone 2011 Emergency Rental, The Emergency String (X)tet meet Rent Romus, Edgetone 2010 XV (the first fifteen years 1994-2009), Lords of Outland, Edgetone 2009 Sudden Aurora, Bloom Project with Thollem Mcdonas, Edgetone 2009 GRID, Ministry of Rites, Edgetone 2008 Thundershine, Jazz On The Line with Chico Freeman (re-issuse), Edgetone 2008 Prismatic Season, Bloom Project, Edgetone 2008 You can sleep when you're dead!, Lords of Outland, Edgetone 2008 Bloom, Bloom Project with Thollem Mcdonas, Jon Brumit, Steven Baker, Edgetone 2006 Culture of Pain, Lords of Outland, Edgetone, 2006 Reverberations of Spring Past, Pax, 2006 The Foolkiller, Tri-Cornered Tent Show, Edgetone, 2005 Tri-Cornered Tent Show LEGION OF DAGON, Edgetone, 2004 Novo Navigatio, The Abstractions, Edgetone/Pax Records, 2004 ARS VIVENDE, The Abstractions, Edgetone/Pax Records, 2003 Sonic Conspiracy, The Abstractions, Edgetone/Pax Records, 2002 The Metal Quan Yin, Lords of Outland with poet C.J. Reaven Borosque, Edgetone, 2001 PKD Vortex Project – New Music composed inspired by the Stories of Phil K. Dick, Edgetone, 2001 Out of Town, Guinea Pig, Edgetone, 2001 Avatar In the Field – A Tribute to Albert Ayler, Lords of Outland, Edgetone, 2001 Blood Motions, Life’s Blood Trio, Jazzheads Records, 1999 Adapt…or DIE!, Lords of Outland with John Tchicai, Jazzheads Records, 1997 You’ll Never Be The Same, Lords of Outland, Jazzheads Records, 1995 Jazz On The Line with Chico Freeman, In The Moment, Edgetone Records, 1994 Jazz On the Line, no boundaries, Edgetone Records, 1991 Jazz On The Line, Dark Wind, Edgetone Records, 1988 Discography As a sideman: C.O.M.A. California Outside Music Associates, Edgetone/Jazzheads Records, 2004 Jim Ryan's Forward Energy CONFIGURATIONS, Edgetone, 2002 Moe!kestra!, TWO FORMS OF MULTITUDES, Edgetone/Pax, 2003 Paris Slim with Joe Lewis Walker, Sonny Rhodes, Bleedin’ Heart, Globe Records, 1996

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Primary Instrument:
Sax, alto

Location:
Richmond, CA

Clinic/Workshop Information:
Music Business Discussion/ Q&A Rent Romus has worked as an independent music producer and curator since 1984. He runs Edgetone Records launched in 1991 originally a vanity label to support his recordings and later in 2001 began releasing other artists primarily from the San Francisco Bay Area crossing many forms of improvised and experimental music. He was the Executive Director of Jazz in Flight from 1996-1997 a non-profit jazz presenting organization based in Oakland California until it disbanded in 2001 which booked creative touring and local performing musicians at Yoshi's (jazz club) in Oakland California. He founded Outsound Presents a non-profit artist based organization and serves as the Executive Director while he curates The SIMM Music Series since 2001 at the Musicians Union Hall as well as the Luggage Store Gallery New Music Series in San Francisco. Romus co-founded and was the Director of Promotion for the SFAlt Festival in 2002-04 which lead to him create and organize the annual Edgetone New Music Summit, a national experimental music festival held in the greater San Francisco Bay Area. The festival is now produced under the Outsound Presents banner which continues at the present under the title, Outsound New Music Summit. Topics covered are: • Business philosophies from the artist point of view • business models, licensing, contracts • D.I.Y (do it yourself) promotional concepts • Navigating product manufacturing, distribution, labels • Self-booking and independent touring • Tools for administration A question and answer session is utilized to engage participants after the lecture portion. Directed Improvisation Workshop The workshop can be open to everyone regardless of their experience and is open to others to incorporate dancers, filmmakers, writers, actors and fine artists and more if the environment allows. Participants will leave the workshop with a greater ability to work collaboratively with others in a group setting through group awareness and interactive listening. This is primarily designed to enhance sonic and artistic interactions between individuals within a group setting. Though a set of written directions, graphs, signs, hand signals conducted, and input from the participants, individuals may utilize everyday sound sources, found objects and objects that already naturally exist in the space, or voice, traditional musical instruments, non-traditional instruments and ambient sounds that are occurring outside of the group and everything possible that we discover as an ensemble throughout the process. Overall, the emphasis is not necessarily on individual creativity but on the ability to listen and collaborate with others. This workshop encourages participation by anyone regardless of their musical experience, age, or language.

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