Over a period of the last seven years Romus composed music inspired by Frank Herbert's epic vision, Phil K. Dick's rantings and H.P. Lovecraft's darkest fears. The result is "Edge of Dark" recorded live in San Francisco in the fall of 2010 with his ensemble The Lords of Outland and internationally noted multi-instrumentalist Vinny Golia. As a performer, Golia has presented his music to concert audiences in Europe, Canada, Japan and the United States in ensembles varying dramatically in size and instrumentation. Putting down the paint brushes of a visual artist in 1971, Golia devoted himself full-time to music and has since evolved into one of the world's most celebrated creative jazz artists. At the forefront of improvised music, he plays twenty different woodwinds, plus various ethnic aerophones.
Rent Romus - alto, soprano, and C-melody saxophones, voice, electronics
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"Overall, the CD’s texture is as dense and exultant as the fantasy writings which inspired it." - Ken Waxman, Jazword.com
"Purposeful stuff all the way, played with large doses of powerfully throbbing heart; evident fearlessness in attempting a collective appreciation of the thousands of unexplored facets through which Lady Melody seduces receptive musicians. The multitudes of contrapuntal designs ask to be followed, combined and rendered artistically significant, the group responding accordingly." - Massimo Ricci, Touching Extremes
"Over the past 17 years or so, Lords of Outland has gone from being a free-jazz band to playing a noisier, darker brew filled with wild electronics. Edge of Dark nudges the pendulum back toward the jazzy side by adding L.A. reeds master Vinny Golia, pitting his sax next to Rent Romus‘. Maybe that’s one way of interpreting the title being Edge of Dark — but it’s still dark. Romus has read a lot of Philip K. Dick and H.P. Lovecraft, and maybe combined with the current political climate, it adds up to some ominous, looming compositions." - Memory Select
"...the tracks in this deep, otherworldly set were inspired by the writings of Frank Herbert, Philip K Dick and H.P. Lovecraft, and you can pick that up in the lumpy, surrealistic textures and bloopy electronic undercurrents. But it’s still approachable in a weird, outré way. Vinny Golia adds a second sax voice (along with other winds) and brings a lot to the table."
- KZSU 90.1 FM
"...flourishes and romps into the unknown, but this time around the center holds. The adventure continues."
- J. Worley, Aiding & Abetting