Chicago saxophonist Dave Rempis meets Oslo sound artist Lasse Marhaug for an improvised session yielding two intertwining tracks of extreme free playing pitting two like-minded collaborators in a noise scuffle of electronic storms and skronky sax runs.
Limited edition of 300 copies, 180-gram vinyl LP
Catalog ID: AR-005
Squidco Product Code: 18947
Packaging: Vinyl LP
Recorded in Lasse Marhaug's studio in Oslo, Norway in August 2012.
Dave Rempis-alto saxophone
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Chicago Jazz & Improvisation
European Improv, Free Jazz & Related
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"This limited edition, 180-gram vinyl LP features one of Norway's most renowned noise musicians, and one of Chicago's most active saxophonists, pitting two like-minded individuals from slightly different worlds together for a deeper exploration of each other's sonic pallet.
This pairing was recorded straight to two-track cassette by Marhaug in his Oslo practice space/work studio in August of 2012, the afternoon after the two joined forces with Dutch vocalist Jaap Blonk and Norwegian musicians Per Zanussi (bass) and Tollef Østvang (drums) for a quintet set on the yearly Blowout Festival, organized by drummers Ståle Liavik Solberg, and Paal Nilssen-Love.
Although Rempis and Marhaug had also worked together previously in Ken Vandermark's Territory Band, and when Marhaug once guested with Ballister (Rempis/Lonberg-Holm/Nilssen-Love) on a date in Philadelphia, this session represents the first time the two really found the sonic space to match wits directly, and intertwine their sounds together into one seething, snarfling, scuffling, shrieking mass.
Easing their way through this laid back session, alternating between laying down tracks and sitting in the garden outside drinking tea, it quickly became clear that this potentially informal recording was a keeper; a must-have document for fans of the deep connections that abound between the Oslo and Chicago scenes."-Aerophonic
Limited edition of 300 copies, 180-gram vinyl LP
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"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/)
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"Lasse Marhaug (b. 1974) has since the early 1990s been one of the most active artists in the Norwegian noise/experimental music scene. As a performer and composer he has contributed to well over 300 CD, vinyl and cassette releases over the years, as well as extensive touring and performing live on all continents of the world. In addition to his solo work, Marhaug has collaborated with several artists in the fields of noise, experimental, improv, jazz, rock and extreme metal, as well as working with music and sound for theatre, dance, installations, film and video. In the mid-90s Marhaug started TWR Tapes (still going) and Jazzassin Records (ended 2001). In the 2000s he started the record labels Pica Disk and Prisma Records. In 2011 he started his own print publishing called Marhaug Forlag. He has also been active as an organizer, promoter and producer. Marhaug was born in the northern regions above the arctic circle of Norway, but currently lives in Oslo."-Lasse Marhaug Website (http://lassemarhaug.no/biography/)
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