Date(s) - 04/25/2017
If Art Gallery
Columbia’s if ART Gallery presents on Wednesday, April 25, 2017, 8:30 p.m., a solo concert by veteran Chicago saxophonist Dave Rempis. The concert is part of Rempis’ sprawling solo journey around the United States this spring. During the tour, Rempis develops repertoire for his first solo release scheduled on Aerophonic Records this fall.
Admission is $10; concert, at 8:30; doors open at 8:00.
Rempis has performed in Columbia on many occasions with a variety of improv jazz ensembles, most recently at if ART in October 2016 with his trio Gunwale. The saxophonist, improviser and composer has been an integral part of the thriving Chicago jazz and improvised music scene since 1997. With a background in ethnomusicology and African studies at Northwestern University, including a year spent at the University of Ghana, Rempis burst onto the creative music scene at the age of 22 when he joined the well-known Chicago jazz outfit The Vandermark Five. This opportunity catapulted him to notoriety as he began to tour regularly throughout the US and Europe, an active schedule that he still maintains to the present day.
At the same time, Rempis began to develop the many Chicago-based groups for which he’s currently known, including The Rempis Percussion Quartet, The Engines, Ballister, Rempis/Abrams/Ra, Wheelhouse, Triage, The Rempis/Rosaly Duo, and The Rempis/Daisy Duo. Other collaborations have included work with Paul Lytton, Axel Dörner, Fred Anderson, Peter Brötzmann, C. Spencer Yeh, Hamid Drake, Steve Swell, John Tchicai, Roscoe Mitchell, Kevin Drumm, Paal Nilssen-Love, Nels Cline, and Joe McPhee. Rempis has been named regularly since 2006 in the annual Downbeat Critics’s Poll as a “rising star” on alto saxophone and as a “rising star” and “established talent” on baritone saxophone. In 2013, he started his own record label, Aerophonic Records, to document this ongoing work.
Rempis’ musical expression draws on a number of touchstones. While heavily improvisational in nature, his work is informed by his Greek ethnicity, studies in jazz and ethnomusicology, appreciation for the philosophical underpinnings of contemporary composition and his love for unforgivingly strident yelps, screeches and squeals that can encompass the ever-evolving state of human depravity.