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Gunwale: Rempis / Wildeman / Packard: Polynya (Aerophonic)

The debut album of this focused and intrepid Chicago trio led by saxophonist Dave Rempis with young stalwarts Ryan Packard on percussion and electronics, and Netherlands transplant Albert Wildeman, for three extended improvisations recorded live and in the studio.
 

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UPC: 7002614379006

Label: Aerophonic
Catalog ID: AR011
Squidco Product Code: 22026

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2016
Country: USA
Packaging: Digipack
Track 1 recorded January 7th, 2016 at Elastic Arts in Chicago

Track 2 and 3 recorded January 31st, 2016 at The Hungry Brain in Chicago.


Personnel:

Dave Rempis-alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone

Albert Wildeman-bass

Ryan Packard-percussion, electronics

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Artist Biographies:

"Dave Rempis was born in Wellesley, Massachusetts on March 24th, 1975. He began his musical studies at the age of 8, inspired by a family friend who played clarinet in local Greek bands, and by Zoot, of the Muppets Band, to pick up saxophone. During high school he performed in his town, district, and all-state bands and wind ensembles, as well as in a jazz combo at a local music school.

In 1993, Rempis began a degree in classical saxophone at Northwestern University with Frederick Hemke. Finding this environment stifling, Rempis quickly ditched the music degree to pursue studies in anthropology and ethnomusicology. As part of these studies, he spent a year at the International Centre for African Music and Dance at the University of Ghana, Legon, studying African music and ethnomusicology. He also continued to perform with many different types of groups, ranging from highlife and reggae bands while in Ghana, to jazz, free jazz, funk, and contemporary music ensembles at home. He graduated from Northwestern in 1997.

Upon graduating, Rempis decided to focus on performing, and in March of 1998 at the age of 22 was asked to replace veteran saxophonist Mars Williams in 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 playing clubs, concert halls, and festivals on both continents.

During his tenure with The Vandermark Five, Rempis also began to develop the many Chicago-based groups and international collaborations for which he's currently known, including The Rempis Percussion Quartet, The Engines, Ballister, Rempis/Abrams/Ra, Wheelhouse, The Rempis/Rosaly Duo, and The Rempis/Daisy Duo. Many of these groups have been documented on the Okkadisk, 482 Music, Not Two, Clean Feed, Solitaire, and Utech record labels. Past collaborations have included performances with Paul Lytton, Axel Dörner, Peter Brötzmann, Hamid Drake, Steve Swell, John Tchicai, Roscoe Mitchell, Fred Anderson, Kevin Drumm, Paal Nilssen-Love, Nels Cline, Tony Buck, 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.

Aside from performing, Rempis is also active as a presenter. Since 2002, he's curated a weekly Thursday-night concert series for the Elastic Arts Foundation. The series has featured over 500 concerts by some of the best improvisers from around the world, while maintaining a focus on up-and-coming local musicians. In late 2005, Rempis helped form the presenters' collective Umbrella Music, working with a small group of musicians and presenters in Chicago to provide better playing opportunities for creative and improvising musicians. As part of this group, he organized the annual Umbrella Music Festival from 2006-2014.

Rempis is also one of the main organizers of the indie-rock Pitchfork Music Festival, a 60,000-person event which takes place in Chicago's Union Park every July."

-Dave Rempis Website (http://daverempis.com/bio/)
12/4/2019

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"ryan packard is:

a percussionist
composer
sound artist
based in chicago, il.

Recent projects and collaborations explore the sonification of lived experiences through their accompanying objects and interpersonal relationships. A curiosity towards listening environments, physical space, and psychoacoustics drive the work as it seeks to promote a heightened state of consciousness even in the most understated spaces and moments.

he's been featured at places like:

mca chicago
high concept labs
dfbrl8r
Galeria Labirynt
experimental sound studio
constellation chicago
elastic arts
random walks festival, the music of xenakis
b-sides festival
montréal nouvelles musiques

he has a masters of music from McGill University
and
bachelor of music from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music"

-Ryan Packard Website (https://ryanpackardsounds.org/bio-picture)
12/4/2019

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track listing:


1. Wire 24:48

2. Bevel 12:58

3. Liner 18:28

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descriptions, reviews, &c.

"This debut release by the working trio Gunwale matches veteran Chicago saxophonist Dave Rempis up with two of the brightest up-and-coming stars from the next generation of Chicago improvisers.

While Packard is known mostly for his extensive work as a composer and percussionist within the thriving contemporary classical scene in Chicago, Wildeman has achieved notoriety for his meteoric rise from novice instrumentalist to one of the busiest players around after relocating from the Netherlands in 2011 to immerse himself in this city's broad-shouldered sound. With these varied backgrounds the two contribute noticeably fresh perspectives to the ever-evolving local artistic dialogue.

As a trio, their voice is stark, and clear, combining a love for driving blasts of energy with a sensitivity to the smallest details, leading to music that can be a freight train one moment, and an insectoid microcosm the next. These intuitive abilities make sense when one considers the trio's rare commitment to several months of weekly rehearsals before their first performance in December of 2015, a tradition they still continue when all three members are in town.

So while Polynya may document a band in its early stages, its laser-beam focus leaves no doubt that these three know precisely where they're headed."-Aerophonic

Related Categories of Interest:


Improvised Music
Jazz
Free Improvisation
Trio Recordings
Chicago Jazz & Improvisation
Staff Picks & Recommended Items


Other Releases With These Artists:
From Wolves To Whales (Dave Rempis / Nate Wooley / Chris Corsano / Pascal Niggenkemper)
Dead Leaves Drop [VINYL]
(Dropa Disc)
Ballister
Low Level Stink [VINYL & DVD]
(Dropa Disc)
Rempis / Abrams / Ra + Baker
Apsis
(Aerophonic)
Various Artists
Option 1 [2 CDs]
(Corbett vs. Dempsey)
Laurenzi, Dustin
Snaketime: The Music Of Moondog [VINYL]
(Astral Spirits)
Rempis, Dave / Brandon Lopez / Ryan Packard
The Early Bird Gets
(Aerophonic)
Kuzu (Dave Rempis / Tashi Dorji / Tyler Damon)
Hiljaisuus [VINYL]
(Astral Spirits)
Rempis, Dave / Tomeka Reid / Joshua Abrams
Ithra
(Aerophonic)
Rempis, Dave / Jasper Stadhouders / Frank Rosaly
ICOCI
(Aerophonic)
Rempis / Piet / Daisy
Throw Tomatoes [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD]
(Astral Spirits)
Rempis / Piet / Daisy
Throw Tomatoes
(Astral Spirits)
Rempis, Dave / Tim Daisy & Guests
Dodecahedron
(Aerophonic)
Spectral (Dave Rempis / Darren Johnston / Larry Ochs)
Empty Castles
(Aerophonic)
Rempis, Dave
Lattice
(Aerophonic)
Rempis Percussion Quartet, The (w/ Haker Flaten / Daisy / Rosaly)
Cochonnerie
(Aerophonic)
Ballister
Low Level Stink [VINYL & DVD]
(Dropa Disc)
Ballister (Renpis / Lonberg-Holm / Nilssen-Love)
Slag
(Aerophonic)
Audio One (Vandermark/Adasiewicz/Berman/Bishop/Rempis/Williams/Mazzarrella/Daisy/Macri/Paulson)
The Midwest School [VINYL]
(Audiographic Records)
Audio One (Vandermark/Adasiewicz/Berman/Bishop/Rempis/Williams/Mazzarrella/Daisy/Macri/Paulson)
An International Report [VINYL]
(Audiographic Records)
Chicago Reed Quartet (Mazzarella / Rempis / Williams / Vandermark)
Western Automatic
(Aerophonic)
Rempis, Dave / Darren Johnston / Larry Ochs
Spectral
(Aerophonic)
Rempis / Marhaug Duo
Naancore [VINYL]
(Aerophonic)
Rempis / Daisy Duo, The
Second Spring
(Aerophonic)
Jackson, Keefe Likely So
A Round Goal
(Delmark)
Wheelhouse
Boss Of The Plains
(Aerophonic)
Rempis Percussion Quartet ,The
Phalanx [2 CDs]
(Aerophonic)
Ballister (Lonberg-Holm / Nilssen-Love / Rempis)
Mi Casa Es En Fuego
(Ballister Music)
Ballister (Dave Rempis, Fred Lonberg-Holm and Paal Nilssen-Love)
Mechanisms
(Clean Feed)
Recommended & Related Releases:
From Wolves To Whales (Dave Rempis / Nate Wooley / Chris Corsano / Pascal Niggenkemper)
Dead Leaves Drop [VINYL]
(Dropa Disc)
Ballister
Low Level Stink [VINYL & DVD]
(Dropa Disc)
Rempis / Abrams / Ra + Baker
Apsis
(Aerophonic)
Various Artists
Option 1 [2 CDs]
(Corbett vs. Dempsey)
Laurenzi, Dustin
Snaketime: The Music Of Moondog [VINYL]
(Astral Spirits)
Kuzu (Dave Rempis / Tashi Dorji / Tyler Damon)
Hiljaisuus [VINYL]
(Astral Spirits)
Rempis, Dave / Tomeka Reid / Joshua Abrams
Ithra
(Aerophonic)
Ballister (Renpis / Lonberg-Holm / Nilssen-Love)
Slag
(Aerophonic)
Audio One (Vandermark/Adasiewicz/Berman/Bishop/Rempis/Williams/Mazzarrella/Daisy/Macri/Paulson)
The Midwest School [VINYL]
(Audiographic Records)
Audio One (Vandermark/Adasiewicz/Berman/Bishop/Rempis/Williams/Mazzarrella/Daisy/Macri/Paulson)
An International Report [VINYL]
(Audiographic Records)
Ballister (Dave Rempis, Fred Lonberg-Holm and Paal Nilssen-Love)
Mechanisms
(Clean Feed)
Other Recommended Releases:
Rempis, Dave / Brandon Lopez / Ryan Packard
The Early Bird Gets
(Aerophonic)
Rempis, Dave / Jasper Stadhouders / Frank Rosaly
ICOCI
(Aerophonic)
Rempis / Piet / Daisy
Throw Tomatoes [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD]
(Astral Spirits)
Rempis / Piet / Daisy
Throw Tomatoes
(Astral Spirits)
Rempis, Dave / Tim Daisy & Guests
Dodecahedron
(Aerophonic)
Spectral (Dave Rempis / Darren Johnston / Larry Ochs)
Empty Castles
(Aerophonic)
Rempis, Dave
Lattice
(Aerophonic)
Rempis Percussion Quartet, The (w/ Haker Flaten / Daisy / Rosaly)
Cochonnerie
(Aerophonic)
Ballister
Low Level Stink [VINYL & DVD]
(Dropa Disc)
Rempis / Abrams / Ra + Baker
Perihelion [2 CDs]
(Aerophonic)
Chicago Reed Quartet (Mazzarella / Rempis / Williams / Vandermark)
Western Automatic
(Aerophonic)
Rempis, Dave / Darren Johnston / Larry Ochs
Spectral
(Aerophonic)
Rempis / Marhaug Duo
Naancore [VINYL]
(Aerophonic)
Rempis / Daisy Duo, The
Second Spring
(Aerophonic)
Jackson, Keefe Likely So
A Round Goal
(Delmark)

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