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Rempis, Dave / Brandon Lopez / Ryan Packard: The Early Bird Gets (Aerophonic)

A solid debut for the Chicago trio of saxophonist Dave Rempis, bassist Brandon Lopez, and drummer and electronicist Ryan Packard, recording at Elastic Arts, in Chicago in a three-way exploration of rhythm and tempo that finds them working solidly within the jazz tradition, born from live gigs in 2017 and 2018, honing a sound that allows for great flexibility and freedom.
 

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UPC: 5902249001501

Label: Aerophonic
Catalog ID: AR021
Squidco Product Code: 27190

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2019
Country: USA
Packaging: Digipack
Recorded at Elastic Arts, in Chicago, Illinois, on March 2nd, and June 28th, 2018, by Dave Zuchowski.


Personnel:

Dave Rempis-saxophones

Brandon Lopez-bass

Ryan Packard-drums, 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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"[..] Composer/bassist, Brandon A. Lopez, deemed "The Ubiquitous Free Improv Bass Ace" by the Village Voice and said to play with a "Bruising Physicality" by the Chicago reader.

He was born and raised in the splendors of Northwestern New Jersey, in the shadow of the (New York) city. It was there that he cultivated a taste for the left of center musics and subsequently, dug graves.

He's had the pleasures of working with many of the world's luminary weirdos. Here's a list: Nate Wooley, William Parker, Chris Corsano, Justice Yeldham, Weasel Walter, Peter Evans, Tyshawn Sorey, Gerald Cleaver, Ingrid Laubrock, Tom Rainey, Tony Malaby, Paul Lytton, Mette Rasmussen, Jooklo Duo, Michael Foster, Leila Bordreuil, Jaimie Branch, Joe Morris, Brandon Seabrook, Cactus Truck, John Dykeman, Daniel Carter, and many others.

He's currently leads a trio dubbed "The Mess", another one called the Brandon Lopez Trio, works as a soloist and is formerly/currently/latterly writing more and more music. He may play some it sometime soon (see "gigs").

He attended New England Conservatory."

-Brandon Lopez Website (http://www.brandonlopez.nyc/)
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. Crypto Vo Lans 5:59

2. Raho Navis 9:48

3. Archae Opteryx 6:03

4. Confucius Ornis 6:55

5. Van Ornis 7:48

6. Neo Aves 6:38

7. Gansus 8:12
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descriptions, reviews, &c.

"The Early Bird Gets is the debut album by this working trio, comprised of journeyman Chicago saxophonist Dave Rempis alongside two of the brightest talents in a younger generation of improvising musicians.

Bassist Brandon Lopez is a musician whose virtuosity knows no bounds, currently one of the most in-demand bassists on the New York jazz and improvised music scene.

Percussionist Ryan Packard counters that depth with his own breadth of interests, working in contemporary classical ensembles, indie rock bands, and jazz groups alike around Chicago, not to mention his doubling abilities on electronics.

These two together provide a formidable rhythm section that can veer from hard-driving grooves to luscious soundscapes with total ease. As a trio, these three have put forth a work that may be the "jazziest" project any of them are involved with; a result that even the band members found surprising. But after honing their sound through live gigs in 2017 and early 2018, it became apparent that their free-improvised conversation kept returning to a similar destination: a three-way exploration of rhythm and tempo that left them working solidly within the jazz tradition. Not the one fixed into predictable sylistic corners, but the one defined by a spirit of boundless curiosity and exploration. A tradition they stretched back and forth like so much taffy.

The way these three unite into a groove is truly remarkable. Not as something to be closely adhered to, but as something to turn upside down, inside out, and ass backwards, as they expose every last facet of it. At times this means slowing it down, speeding it up, or splitting those two approaches up amongst the band simultaneously. At other times it means jumping to another dimension on the turn of a dime. And while that methodology may feel counterintuitive to the end result, it's not. The feel of this record is a classic one that has an inherent life and energy to it that dates back to the beginnings of jazz as an art form. It swings."-Aerophonic

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Other Releases With These Artists:
Fisher, Colin Quartet
Living Midnight [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD]
(Astral Spirits)
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)
Baczkowski / Lopez / Corsano
Old Smoke
(Relative Pitch)
Laurenzi, Dustin
Snaketime: The Music Of Moondog [VINYL]
(Astral Spirits)
Gregorio, Guillermo / Brandon Lopez
12 Episodes
(Relative Pitch)
Lopez, Brandon
quoniam facta sum vilis
(Astral Spirits)
Kuzu (Dave Rempis / Tashi Dorji / Tyler Damon)
Hiljaisuus [VINYL]
(Astral Spirits)
Lopez, Brandon
quoniam facta sum vilis [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD]
(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)
Lopez / Nelson / Nicodemou / Cleaver
The Industry Of Entropy
(Relative Pitch)
Perelman, Ivo / Nate Wooley / Brandon Lopez / Gerald Cleaver
Octagon
(Leo Records)
Rempis, Dave
Lattice
(Aerophonic)
Rempis Percussion Quartet, The (w/ Haker Flaten / Daisy / Rosaly)
Cochonnerie
(Aerophonic)
Wooley, Nate
Knknighgh (Minimal Poetry for Aram Saroyan)
(Clean Feed)
Ballister
Low Level Stink [VINYL & DVD]
(Dropa Disc)
Ballister (Renpis / Lonberg-Holm / Nilssen-Love)
Slag
(Aerophonic)
Gunwale: Rempis / Wildeman / Packard
Polynya
(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:
Fisher, Colin Quartet
Living Midnight [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD]
(Astral Spirits)
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)
Lopez, Brandon
quoniam facta sum vilis
(Astral Spirits)
Lopez, Brandon
quoniam facta sum vilis [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD]
(Astral Spirits)
Lopez / Nelson / Nicodemou / Cleaver
The Industry Of Entropy
(Relative Pitch)
Perelman, Ivo / Nate Wooley / Brandon Lopez / Gerald Cleaver
Octagon
(Leo Records)
Rempis, Dave
Lattice
(Aerophonic)
Rempis Percussion Quartet, The (w/ Haker Flaten / Daisy / Rosaly)
Cochonnerie
(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 / Marhaug Duo
Naancore [VINYL]
(Aerophonic)
Rempis / Daisy Duo, The
Second Spring
(Aerophonic)
Jackson, Keefe Likely So
A Round Goal
(Delmark)
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)
Other Recommended Releases:
From Wolves To Whales (Dave Rempis / Nate Wooley / Chris Corsano / Pascal Niggenkemper)
Dead Leaves Drop [VINYL]
(Dropa Disc)
Baczkowski / Lopez / Corsano
Old Smoke
(Relative Pitch)
Gregorio, Guillermo / Brandon Lopez
12 Episodes
(Relative Pitch)
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)

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