Music Program

Tuesday, December 1, 2009 at 8:00 p.m.

$10 general, $8 members/students/seniors

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Hallwalls & Resurrection Music present

Rempis/Rosaly Duo

Dave Rempis (saxophones)
Frank Rosaly (drums)

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. The duo has been active since 2004, and focuses on the process of free-improvisation. Their long-standing musical relationship in so many different contexts provides them the ability to navigate a broad sonic palette, and to continually push each other away from their individual comfort zones. While both musicians are comfortable in the more abstract sonic spaces pioneered by European improvisers, neither one shies away from hard-hitting grooves or melodies. Having allowed this relationship to develop gradually over the years, their first CD is scheduled for release on 482 Music in the fall of 2009.

Dave Rempis

Over the last decade, Dave Rempis has emerged as one of the most active young players in the Chicago jazz and improvised music scene. Rempis graduated from Northwestern University in 1997 with a degree in anthropology, focusing in ethnomusicology, and a year spent at the University of Ghana, Legon in 1995-96. Since 1998, his work with the Vandermark Five as the "other" saxophonist has established him as one of the up-and-coming voices of his generation, and has also provided him the opportunity to perform extensively in clubs, concert halls, and festivals throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe. His own groups, including the Rempis Percussion Quartet, Triage, The Engines, The Rempis/Daisy Duo, and The Dave Rempis Quartet, have toured regularly throughout Europe and North America, and have been documented on the Okkadisk, 482 Music, Solitaire, Utech, and Not Two record labels. In addition to these groups, Rempis plays regularly with Ken Vandermark's Territory Band, The Ingebrigt Haker-Flaten Quintet, The Outskirts, and the Rempis/Bishop/ Kessler/Zerang Quartet. His frequent ad hoc collaborations have included performances with Paul Lytton, Axel Doerner, Peter Brötzmann, Hamid Drake, Kevin Drumm, Paul Nilsson-Love, Tony Buck, and David Stackenas. As a founding member of the Chicago presenters' collective Umbrella Music, Rempis curates a weekly concert series at Elastic, as well as the annual Umbrella Music Festival, now in its fourth year. Rempis has also been named as a Talent Deserving Wider Recognition in both the alto and baritone saxophone categories in the annual Downbeat Magazine International Critics' Poll.

Frank Rosaly

Frank Rosaly is a percussionist and composer currently living in Chicago. Over the last 10 years he has become an integral part of the Chicago scene, navigating a fine line between the vibrant improvised music, indie-rock, experimental music, and jazz communities. He contributes much of his time to performing, composing, teaching, and organizing musical events, while managing a heavy touring schedule that takes him throughout North America and Europe.

Frank is currently active in many different groups. Some of these include Rob Mazurek's Mandarin Movie, The Rempis Percussion Quartet, The Ingebrigt Håker Flaten Quintet, Jeff Parker/Nels Cline Quartet, Matana Robert's Chicago Project, Fred Lonberg-Holm's Valentine Trio, Keefe Jackson's Fast Citizens, The Jeb Bishop Trio, Jason Adasievicz's Rolldown, Jorrit Dijkstra's Flatlands Collective, The Chicago Lucern Exchange, and The Daniel Levin Trio. Rosaly also leads his own quintet, Viscous, featuring his original compositions. Other recent performances include collaborations with Peter Brötzmann, Tony Malaby, Anthony Coleman, Paul Flaherty, Marshall Allen, Louis Moholo, Eric Boeren, Ken Vandermark, Michael Zerang, and Walter Weirbos, among many others.

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