Dave Rempis

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Dave Rempis
Born (1975-03-24) March 24, 1975 (age 44)
OriginWellesley, Massachusetts
GenresJazz
free jazz
avant-garde jazz
free improvisation
Occupation(s)Musician
InstrumentsAlto sax, Tenor sax, Baritone sax
Years active1998–present
LabelsOkkaDisk, 482 Music, Clean Feed, Not Two, Aerophonic
WebsiteOfficial Website

Dave Rempis (born March 24, 1975) is an American free jazz saxophonist. He plays alto, tenor and baritone saxophone.

Life and career[edit]

Dave was born in Wellesley, Massachusetts in 1975. He began his musical studies at the age of 8. In 1993, Rempis began a degree in classical saxophone at Northwestern University with Frederick Hemke. As part of his studies in anthropology, he spent a year at the International Centre for African Music and Dance at the University of Ghana in Legon, studying African music and ethnomusicology. After graduating from Northwestern in 1997, Rempis decided to focus on performing, and in March 1998 was asked to replace saxophonist Mars Williams in the Chicago jazz band The Vandermark Five, led by saxophonist Ken Vandermark.[1]

During his tenure with The Vandermark Five, Rempis also began to develop many Chicago-based groups and cooperative units as Triage, The Rempis Percussion Quartet, The Engines, Ballister and The Rempis/Daisy Duo. He recorded for labels such as Okka Disk, 482 Music, Clean Feed, Not Two, and Aerophonic, an artist-run label founded in the winter of 2013. His collaborations include a wide variety of creative improvised music legends, ranging from Peter Brötzmann and John Tchicai to Joe McPhee and Roscoe Mitchell.[2]

Rempis also works as a presenter in the Chicago area. He has served as a curator for the Elastic Arts Foundation’s weekly concert series, helped establish the Umbrella Music collective and its annual music festival, worked as lead organizer of the Downtown Sound Gallery concert series at Gallery 37, and is also a key organizer of the yearly Pitchfork Music Festival.[2]

Discography[edit]

As leader/co-leader[edit]

Release year Title Label Personnel/Notes
2001 Premiun Plastics Solitaire Records As Triage; with Jason Ajemian (bass), Tim Daisy (drums)
2003 Twenty Minute Cliff Okka Disk As Triage; with Jason Ajemian (bass), Tim Daisy (drums)
2004 Out of Season 482 Music Quartet with Jim Baker (piano), Jason Roebke (bass), Tim Daisy (drums)
2004 American Mythology Okka Disk As Triage; with Jason Ajemian (bass), Tim Daisy (drums)
2005 Back to the Circle Okka Disk Duo with Tim Daisy (drums)
2005 Circular Logic Utech Records As The Rempis Percussion Quartet; with Anton Hatwich (bass), Tim Daisy, Frank Rosaly (drums)
2006 Rip Tear Crunch 482 Music As The Rempis Percussion Quartet; with Anton Hatwich (bass), Tim Daisy, Frank Rosaly (drums)
2006 Stagger Utech Records As Triage; with Jason Ajemian (bass), Tim Daisy (drums)
2007 Hunter-Gatherers 482 Music As The Rempis Percussion Quartet; with Anton Hatwich (bass), Tim Daisy, Frank Rosaly (drums)
2007 The Engines Okka Disk As The Engines; with Jeb Bishop (trombone), Nate McBride (bass), Tim Daisy (drums)
2009 The Disappointment of Parsley Not Two As The Rempis Percussion Quartet; with Anton Hatwich (bass), Tim Daisy, Frank Rosaly (drums)
2010 Cyrillic 482 Music Duo with Frank Rosaly (drums)
2010 Wire and Brass Okka Disk As The Engines; with Jeb Bishop (trombone), Nate McBride (bass), Tim Daisy (drums)
2010 Bastard String Self-released As the band Ballister; trio with Fred Lonberg-Holm (cello), Paal Nilssen-Love (drums)
2011 Montreal Parade 482 Music As The Rempis Percussion Quartet; with Ingebrigt Håker Flaten (bass), Tim Daisy, Frank Rosaly (drums)
2012 Instruments of Change Not Two As the band Construction Party; quartet with Forbes Graham (trumpet), Pandelis Karayorgis (piano), Luther Gray (drums)
2012 Mechanisms Clean Feed As the band Ballister; trio with Fred Lonberg-Holm (cello), Paal Nilssen-Love (drums)
2013 Other Violets Not Two As The Engines; with John Tchicai (tenor sax and flute), Jeb Bishop (trombone), Nate McBride (bass), Tim Daisy (drums)
2013 Mi Casa es en Fuego Self-released As the band Ballister; trio with Fred Lonberg-Holm (cello), Paal Nilssen-Love (drums)
2013 Phalanx Aerophonic As The Rempis Percussion Quartet; with Ingebrigt Håker Flaten (bass), Tim Daisy, Frank Rosaly (drums)
2013 Boss of the Plains Aerophonic As the band Wheelhouse; with Jason Adasiewicz (vibes), Nate McBride (bass)
2014 Both Ends Bocian As the band Ballister; trio with Fred Lonberg-Holm (cello), Paal Nilssen-Love (drums)
2014 Second Spring Aerophonic Duo with Tim Daisy (drums)
2014 Aphelion Aerophonic Trio with Joshua Abrams (bass), Avreeayl Ra (percussion)
2014 Spectral Aerophonic Trio with Darren Johnston (trumpet), Larry Osch (tenor/sopranino saxophone)
2015 From Wolves to Whales Aerophonic Quartet with Nate Wooley (trumpet), Pascal Niggenkemper (bass), Chris Corsano (drums)
2015 Worse for the Wear Aerophonic As the band Ballister; trio with Fred Lonberg-Holm (cello), Paal Nilssen-Love (drums)
2015 Western Automatic Aerophonic As The Chicago Reed Quartet; with Nick Mazzarella (alto sax), Mars Williams (sopranino/soprano/alto/tenor saxophone), Ken Vandermark (clarinet, bass clarinet, alto/tenor saxophone)
2015 Cash and Carry Aerophonic As The Rempis Percussion Quartet; with Ingebrigt Håker Flaten (bass), Tim Daisy, Frank Rosaly (drums)

As sideman[edit]

Release year Leader Title Label
2014 Audio One An International Report Audiographic
2014 Audio One The Midwest School Audiographic
2015 Audio One What Thomas Bernhard Saw Audiographic
2015 Tim Daisy Seven Compositions for Duet Relay
2009 Paul Giallorenzo Get In to Go Out 482 Music
2008 Ingebrigt Håker Flaten Year of the Board Jazzland
2008 Keefe Jackson Just Like This Delmark
2013 Pandelis Karayorgis Circuitous Driff
2014 Pandelis Karayorgis Afterimage Driff
2011 The Resonance Ensemble Kafka In Flight Not Two
2012 The Resonance Ensemble What Country Is This Not Two
2013 The Resonance Ensemble Head Above Water, Feet out of the Fire Not Two
2015 The Resonance Ensemble Double Arc Not Two
2000 The Territory Band Transatlantic Bridge Okka Disk
2002 The Territory Band Atlas Okka Disk
2004 The Territory Band Map Theory Okka Disk
2005 The Territory Band Company Switch Okka Disk
2006 The Territory Band New Horse for the White House Okka sisk
2007 The Territory Band Collide Okka Disk
1999 The Vandermark 5 Simpatico Atavistic
2000 The Vandermark 5 Burn the Incline Atavistic
2001 The Vandermark 5 Acoustic Machine Atavistic
2003 The Vandermark 5 Free Jazz Classics 1 & 2 Atavistic
2003 The Vandermark 5 Airports for Light Atavistic
2004 The Vandermark 5 Elements of Style Atavistic
2005 The Vandermark 5 The Color of Memory Atavistic
2006 The Vandermark 5 Free Jazz Classics 3 & 4 Atavistic
2006 The Vandermark 5 A Discontinuous Line Atavistic
2008 The Vandermark 5 Beat Reader Atavistic
2009 The Vandermark 5 Annular Gift Not Two
2010 The Vandermark 5 The Horse Jumps and the Ship Is Gone Not Two
2013 The Vandermark 5 Impressions of Po Music Okka Disk
2009 Waclaw Zimpel Four Walls Multikulti

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bio at Dave Rempis website
  2. ^ a b Travellin’ Light: Dave Rempis at Point of Departure

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