THE REMPIS PERCUSSION QUARTET

The Rempis Percussion Quartet is a free-improvising whirlwind that draws inspiration from a shared interest in West African and Latin American rhythms, coupled with American funk and free jazz. Using these influences, the band creates spontaneous music which nevertheless maintains a focus on ensemble motion and compositional structures.

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BALLISTER

This free-wheeling trio was an idea discussed for several years by the band members before they eventually met at a closed session in 2009. Since the session felt great, they went ahead with some live dates in 2010, first with a concert on the Immediate Sound Series in Chicago in June which was recorded and released as “Bastard String,” then with a US tour in November.

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REMPIS/ABRAMS/RA

This working trio is a perfect example of what makes Chicago such a fertile breeding ground for improvised music; three musicians of widely varying ages, backgrounds, playing experiences, and musical interests join forces to deliver moments of both sublime beauty and volcanic energy, continually tempered by the seamless narrative momentum that they weave together in a seemingly effortless way.

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REMPIS/JOHNSTON/OCHS

This free-improvising trio came together in the fall of 2011, when Rempis journeyed to the West Coast to discover some things about his compatriots on the Bay Area improving scene. Trumpeter Johnston, a frequent visitor to Chicago, where the two had collaborated in several different settings in the years prior, suggested this trio lineup for a performance at Oakland’s Uptown Nightclub. Although Rempis hadn’t worked with Ochs before, the latter’s renowned experience in the all-horn lineup of The ROVA Saxophone Quartet made the idea especially appealing.

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GUNWALE

This new working trio matches veteran Chicago saxophonist Rempis up with two of the up-and-coming stars from the next generation of Chicago improvisers. Packard is known mostly for his extensive work as a composer and percussionist within the thriving contemporary classical scene in Chicago, while Wildeman has achieved local fame for his meteoric rise from novice instrumentalist to one of the busiest players in town after relocating to Chicago from the Netherlands in 2011 to immerse himself in the city’s broad-shouldered music world.

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THE REMPIS/DAISY DUO

Dave Rempis and Tim Daisy are two musicians whose work has helped to define a generation of Chicago improvisers. Having performed together since they both hit the Chicago scene in the fall of 1997, these two have played literally hundreds of concerts together with groups including Triage, The Vandermark Five, the Dave Rempis Quartet, The Rempis Percussion Quartet, The Chicago Improvisers, and countless other ad hoc groupings.

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THE REMPIS/ROSALY DUO

Saxophonist Dave Rempis and drummer Frank Rosaly have performed and recorded together in countless projects since Rosaly arrived on the Chicago scene in 2001, including the Thread Quintet, the Ingebrigt Håker-Flaten Quintet, The Outskirts, and The Rempis Percussion Quartet. Both musicians have established themselves as prominent players in the active milieu of the Chicago jazz scene, and spend as much time on the road in North America and Europe as they do at home

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SOLO

Performing solo is one of the biggest tasks facing any improviser. It’s the most exposed and revealing setting for a musician, and presents a unique set of challenges. Following in the tradition set by Coleman Hawkins, Eric Dolphy, Anthony Braxton….

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Featured Recordings


Ballister "Slag"
Aerophonic Records
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3723 REMPIS/ABRAMS/RA + BAKER "Perihelion"
Aerophonic Records
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3733 GUNWALE "Polynya"
Aerophonic Records
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3437 REMPIS PERCUSSION QUARTET "Cash And Carry"
Aerophonic Records
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