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The Rempis Percussion Quartet
The Victory Grill
Austin, TX
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The Rempis Percussion Quartet
The Rempis Percussion Quartet is a free-improvising whirlwind that draws inspiration from a shared interest in West African and Latin American rhythms, coupled with American funk and free jazz. Using these influences, the band creates spontaneous music which nevertheless maintains a focus on ensemble motion and compositional structures. Led by saxophonist Dave Rempis (The Engines, Rempis/Rosaly Duo, Triage, Vandermark Five) the band originally formed for a house party in April 2004, and their performances maintain an unabashedly raucous energy based on relentless grooves and unrestrained blowing, tempered with occasional moments of quiet balladry. This quartet has toured regularly in both the US and Europe, with North American tours in 2006 and 2007, and European tours in 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2012 including several major European festival performances. The band has also released five records, including the limited edition "Circular Logic" (Utech Records 2005) "Rip Tear Crunch" (482 Music 2006) "Hunter-Gatherers" (482 Music  2007), "The Disappointment of Parsley (Not Two  2009), and Montreal Parade (482 Music  2011). Their next tour is planned for September 2013 in Europe and will support a brand new two-cd set of live concerts from their 2012 European tour. Titled "Phalanx," this recording will be the first release on Rempis's own Aerophonic Records imprint.

The Rempis Percussion Quartet's tremendously propulsive Afrobeat grooves, unending swing, and even breathtakingly quiet moments seem to draw from a bottomless well of energy.

Rempis covers all the bases, getting down and dirty on baritone, preaching on tenor, but still skronking and squealing as the moment demands. Hatwich's bass alternates between roles as a free agent providing commentary and the anchoring to freer flights of fancy. When drums, bass and saxophone lock onto a riff, they don't let go, constituting a unit of fearsome power.
-John Sharpe, ALL ABOUT JAZZ, -Michael Sczajewski, WNUR-FM

It's clear that this is a band which has allowed itself the time and space to develop as a unit, and the music is accordingly happening on a deeply profound level...the strengths and musical inclinations of the members have become symbiotic.

about Epistrophy Arts:

Epistrophy Arts is a grass roots cultural organization dedicated to presenting the finest in adventurous and improvised music in Austin Texas.  Since January of 1998 we have presented over 70 concerts with living legends, unsung heroes and rising talents in the field of adventurous music.  

This project is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Economic Growth & Redevelopment Services Office/Cultural Arts Division believing an investment in the Arts is an investment in Austin's future. Visit Austin at NowPlayingAustin.com.


The Victory Grill (View)
1104 E 11th St
Austin, TX 78702
United States


Arts > Performance
Music > Experimental
Music > Jazz
Music > Spiritual

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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