locationthe luggage storedateFEBRUARY 23, 2006


8PM, $6-10 sliding scale

no one refused for lack of funds

The luggage store celebrates with a double CD Release Party featuring:
“We Are” and “Reverberations from Spring Past”

EMILY HAY (Los Angeles)
RENT ROMUS (San Francisco)

See the comprehensive Bay Area Improviser site for more information on this and other music events in the Bay Area


Emily Hay is a flutist, vocalist and pianist who extends the traditional pre-conceived capabilities of her instruments. Her approach
to music incorporates the complexities of contemporary classical technique with the spontaneity of free improvisation resulting in startling interpretations of sound and intense ensemble interaction. As a performer of the flute, alto flute, piccolo and ethnic reeds, she emits unusual tone colors and soaring rhythmic structures augmented by electronic manipulation. Her vocalizations range from primal to operatic, including whimsical word play and lyrics from the stream of consciousness.

Hay is an active member of the Los Angeles and “left coast” music communities, performing and collaborating in avant garde, alternative art rock, free improvisation, electro-acoustical and contemporary classical ensembles such as U Totem, The Motor Totemist Guild, The 5 UU’s , Otherparts, I Am Umbrella, Adam Rudolph’s Go Organic Orchestra, The Emily Hay Collective, The Rich West Ensemble, The Jeff Kaiser Okodektet and The Vinny Golia Large Ensemble. She is a featured artist on Cuneiform Records, Recommended Records, Nine Winds Records, Meta Records, pfMentum and Dragnet Records. She has toured and performed extensively throughout Europe, Canada and the United States with concert highlights at the Bimhuis/Amsterdam, the Ottomat/Italy, New Music America Festival/Montreal, Art Rock Festival/Frankfurt, Kulturni Dom/Yugoslavia and the Reithalle/Switzerland.

Emily is also a paralegal for the entertainment law firm of Ziffren, Brittenham, Branca, Fischer, Gilbert-Lurie, Stiffelman & Cook, LLP where she specializes in music and motion picture contracts and copyright law and represents top name clients from all facets of the music industry. She has worked in entertainment business and law for over 15 years and supervised and produced numerous film and television soundtracks while working for film production studios such as Tri Star Pictures and Rysher Entertainment.

Emily Hay co-hosts the alternative college music radio program, “Trilogy”, on KXLU 88.9FM Los Angeles, transmitted from Loyola Marymount University (and at The show features avant-garde, free jazz/improvisation, world, contemporary classical and experimental electronic music, and includes by live performances and guest interviews. Hay was formerly the Music Program Director for the Beyond Baroque Foundation where she booked and promoted live  experimental music events by performers such as Fred Frith, Tom Cora, John Adams, and David Moss and curated the 1992 New Music Across America Festival in Los Angeles.

Born in rural Virginia, Emily Hay received a BFA in music from Bard College in New York and an MFA in music from California Institute of the Arts. Emily Hay studied musical improvisation with Karl Berger, Dave Holland and Roswell Rudd, flute with Samuel Baron, Claude Monteaux, Julius Baker, James Walker and Patricia Spencer, piano with German Diaz and Chet Swiatkowski, composition and theory with Joan Tower, Mel Powell, Benjamin Boretz, Luis Garcia-Renart and Eli Yarden

Robert Montoya
Robert Montoya has been active in the San Diego music scene for the past two decades as a percussionist, improviser and sound artist. In recent years, Montoya’s work has focused on sample-based computer and electronic music which can be heard on the recent Trummerflora compilation, Rubble1 (Accretions 2004) and in his ensemble projects Wormhole with lomg-time collaborater Marcos Fernandes and mrlectronic with Lisle Ellis and Fernandes. He is a founding member of Trummerflora, a musicians collective dedicated to creative music. A Tijuana native, Montoya has performed in Japan, Hong Kong, Mexico and the U.S. He has performed and/or recorded with members of Trummerflora, the Nortec Collective, George Lewis, Le Quan Ninh, Mike Keneally, Ernesto Diaz-Infante, Rent Romus, Eric Glick Rieman, Michael Dessen, David Gould , Scott R. Looney and Ultra 7