2019/02/26 - AEROPHONIC...

AEROPHONIC 020 & 021
Aerophonic Records is pleased to announce the release of two new projects in its catalog,     AR020 | Hiljaisuus, by the working trio Kuzu with Dave Rempis (saxophones), Tashi Dorji (guitar), and Tyler Damon (drums) and AR021 | The Early Bird Getsfeaturing Rempis alongside Brandon Lopez (bass) and Ryan Packard (percussion/electronics).  Both cd’s are set for a joint release on February 26th, 2019.
Advance copies of both releases are available now only through the Aerophonic website.      All pre-sale orders ship immediately.
Dave Rempis – alto/tenor/baritone saxophone
Brandon Lopez - bass
Ryan Packard - percussion/electronics
The Early Bird Gets is the debut album by this working trio, comprised of journeyman Chicago saxophonist Dave Rempisalongside 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.
1. Crypto Vo Lans   5:55
2. Raho Navis    9:42
3. Archae Opteryx    6:01
4. Confucius Ornis  6:51
5. Yan Ornis   7:44
6. Neo Aves   6:33
7. Gansus   8:11
Tracks 1-6 recorded March 2nd, 2018
Track 7 recorded June 28th, 2018
@ Elastic Arts, Chicago
Recorded/mixed/mastered by Dave Zuchowski

Design by Johnathan Crawford
Produced by Dave Rempis
US Tour - April 2019
In support of the record, this trio will also be embarking on an extensive US Tour in April of 2019, with thirteen concerts scheduled around the country.  Dates are  :
04/10  Champagne, IL         Champaign Urbana Independent Media Center
04/11  Chicago, IL               Elastic Arts
04/12  Madison, WI             Arts Lit Lab
04/13  Lafayette, IN             The Spot Tavern
04/14  Milwaukee, WI          The Sugar Maple
04/15  Cleveland, OH          Bop Stop
04/16  Lexington, KY           Outside the Spotlight
04/17  Asheville, NC            The Mothlight
04/19  Columbia, SC           If Art Gallery
04/20  Raleigh, NC              Neptune’s Parlour
04/21  Washington DC        Rhizome/Capitol Bop
04/22  Beacon, NY              Quinn’s
04/23  New York, NY           244 Studios/Kirov Hall
Dave Rempis – alto/tenor/baritone saxophone
Tashi Dorji - guitar
Tyler Damon - drums
KUZU is a hard-charging but patient trio that came together in the fall of 2017, after saxophonist Dave Rempis a stalwart of the Chicago improvised music scene, worked with both Tashi Dorji (guitar) and Tyler Damon (drums) individually as part of a lengthy solo tour of the U.S. that he undertook in the spring of that year. Dorji and Damon’s work as a guitar/percussion duo has become well-known, a highly refined and specific language developed through relentless touring and recording over the last few years, with a sound that straddles improvised music, rock, and any number of as-yet-undefined territories. These two provide an incredibly fresh take on the possibilities inherent to spontaneous composition. Superimposing Rempis into this mix was a logical next step after the relationships they’d forged individually.
The trio’s debut record HILJAISUUS (“silence” in Finnish…) features a highly focused pallet of sounds. At times, spacious gestures carve up the canvas with the austerity of a calligrapher, while at others those sparse gestures build into an unstoppable tsunami of energy. Those waves are never impulsive or impetuous though, they ebb and flow logically and patiently out of simple and clearly defined sources. This trio pursues every gesture with tenacity, passing them back and forth until they’ve explored every facet of an idea. Through it all, Kuzu emerges as a unit and not as a meeting of individuals.
This cd release is done in partnership with our friends at Astral Spirits, who released this same material on a limited edition vinyl LP in September 2018. Although the first pressing rapidly sold out, a second pressing is also now available from them.  The recording also came in third in the Free Jazz Blog Best of 2018 list, and fourth on the Free Form Jazz Best of 2018 list.
Fontanelles 1 & 2    30:12
Gash                       14:40
Recorded September 13th, 2017
@ Elastic Arts, Chicago
Recorded/mixed/mastered by Dave Zuchowski
artwork by id m theft able
Design by Johnathan Crawford
Produced by Dave Rempis and Nate Cross
released in partnership with Astral Spirits Records
These two releases are currently available only through the Aerophonic Records website in both hard copy or your choice of high-quality digital download format.  All advance orders will ship immediately upon purchase.
For more information on Aerophonic Records, please visit aerophonicrecords.com, or contact us at info@aerophonicrecords.com.
Dave Rempis is a Chicago saxophonist widely known for the many ensembles he leads or co-leads including The Rempis Percussion QuartetBallister,Rempis/Abrams/Ra, and The Engines.  He was a longtime member of Ken Vandermark’s flagship band, The Vandermark Five, and has worked with Vandermark in other projects including the Territory Band and Resonance Ensemble.  Other collaborations have included work with John TchicaiJoe McPheeRoscoe MitchellPeter BrötzmannFred AndersonHamid Drake, and Nels Cline.  Rempis has been regularly named as a rising star in the alto and baritone saxophone categories in the Downbeat Critics Poll since 2006.  In addition to his work as a musician, Rempis is active as a presenter.  Since 2002, he’s curated and produced a weekly series of jazz and improvised music at Chicago’s Elastic Arts Foundation, where he also serves as Board President.  Rempis was a co-founder of the musician/presenters collective Umbrella Music which worked from 2006-2014, producing the internationally renowned Umbrella Music Festival of Jazz and Improvised Music.  He currently works as operations director for the Hyde Park Jazz Festival.