Rent RomusRichmond, CA
Rent Romus is a saxophonist/multi-instrumentalist, composer, bandleader, music producer, and community leader hailed by Downbeat as having “…a bold sound, unmistakable sincerity and conviction”. A third generation Finnish American 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 Arthur Blythe, Derek Bailey and Merzbow.
He runs the Lords of Outland a free jazz unit since 1994, the Life’s Blood Ensemble a contemporary jazz ensemble, and works with pianist Thollem McDonas in the Bloom Project as well as runs the collective improvisation group The Ruminations.
Rent Romus has recorded 37 albums exploring improvisation and composition in a wide variety of musical settings both as a leader and sideman which have included Chico Freeman, John Tchicai, Vinny Golia, Thollem McDonas, Stefan Pasborg, James Zitro, Kash Killion, and Jon Bridsong to name a few.
He is the founder of Edgetone Records with over 30 years of independent music production, and performance experience as well as the founder and Executive Director of Outsound Presents under which curates the bi-weekly music series known as SIMM at the Musicians Union Hall, the weekly Luggage Store Gallery Creative Music Series, as well as annual Outsound New Music Summit, the Bay Area’s creative music festival held every summer in San Francisco.
Selected Grants & 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 2013 recipient New Music USA Metlife Creative Connections Grant, Outsound New Music Summit, San Francisco, CA 2014 recipient San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music Musical Grant Program for The Otherworld Cycle, San Francisco, CA 2015 recipient Finlandia Foundation National Grant for The Otherworld Cycle, Berkeley, CA
“The Otherworld Cycle” for Large Ensemble, a new music odessey inspired by the Finnish National Epic known as the Kalavela
“Cloudknitter Suite” Improvisations on the story and art of Leo Reijnders
“Edge of Dark” Inspired by Frank Herbert’s Dune Series featuring Vinny Golia
“The Proceedings Suite #1” based on new literary writing of Dr. Charles Poncé featuring Hasan Abdur Razzaq & L.A. Jennkins
“Rent Romus’ A Dark Spring in San Francisco” and “Ravens’ Gate” inspired by the works of Edgar Allan Poe
“Children of the Black Hole” inspired by the Dune series by author Frank Herbert
“VORTEX MUSIC” Improvisations on Sci Fi Author Phil K. Dick
The Sonic Scream String Ensemble with the readings of Edgar Allan Poe
The Metal Quan Yin, “Destinations Suite”, music based on the writings of poet C.J. Reaven Borosque
“Jazz and Improvised Dance with Maia Heiss” @ Kuumbwa Jazz Center Santa Cruz
“Jazz and the Art of Sharon Moore” @ SF Community Music Center
Veden Voima (Power of Water)
A quartet version of saxophonist Rent Romus’ “Power of Water” part of the Kalevala inspired Suite The Otherworld Cycle, which was performed at the SF Community Music Center Oct 25 and 26 2014
Scott Walton – bass, Jason Hoopes – bass, Timothy Orr – drums, Rent Romus – alto saxophone
Performed live at Ross Hammond’s Nebraska Monday’s series at Luna’s Cafe in Sacramento, California USA Filmed by Charles Smith
Filmed September 22, 2014
From the 2014 Album “Truth Teller” on Edgetone Records with Life’s Blood Ensemble. Timothy Orr – drums, Kim Cass – bass, Markus Hunt – bass, Rent Romus – alto saxophone
Do-gooders can run but they cant hide
From the album “You can sleep when you’re dead!” with the Lords of Outland on Edgetone Records.
Rent Romus – alto, soprano, and C-melody saxophones, voice, accordion, CJ Borosque – fx pedals, Ray Schaeffer – 6-string electric bass, Philip Everett – drums, autoharp, electronics