The Rempis/Ochs/Johnston Trio will be making a special appearance at the May 24th SF Offside concert at El Valenciano. The trio features Bay Area trumpet maestro Darren Johnston, saxophonist Larry Ochs, best known for his work with the groundbreaking ROVA saxophone quartet, and saxophonist Dave Rempis from Chicago, who has the unique distinction of being the only non-local of the festival! Learn more about this horn trio that embraces sincere musical freedom and tonal exploration.
SFOFest - Tell us about your first gig.
DJ - Our first and only previous time playing as a trio before this week was at the Active Music Series in Oakland, run by Aram Shelton. Rempis was in town visiting family so we took advantage of his visit by opening up for the Oakland Active Orchestra. We all do a lot of one-off improvised music shows, but this one was really special. Everyone listened so well, and improvised with such generosity and sense of form, that we all started wishing we could do it more. Ochs was trying to convince us that we needed to go break into a studio and record all night that same night! So now Dave’s back in town and we’re psyched to be playing this new festival alongside some of our favorite cats. This time we’re getting ready to record the next day too.
SFOFest - If you could open for any band, past or present, who would it be?
DJ - I’m not sure we’d be able to agree on a band to open for. Some might say Anthony Braxton. That of course would be fantastic! I think I’ll say the Tuneyards though.
SFOFest - If you’re on the road, who’s the driver, who’s the chef, who’s late leaving in the morning, who loses their cell phone etc?
DJ - Hmm. I’d be late leaving in the morning, I’d lose my cell phone, and I’d probably drive, so as to not get left behind when I’m late in the morning. Maybe one of those guys can cook.
SFOFest – What’s one thing you’re looking forward to about SF Offside?
DJ - I’m looking forward to hearing my peers and celebrating the musical diversity of our local scene.
SFOFest – Describe your music in 15 words or less.
DJ - Our horn trio performs highly interactive, all improvised music that mixes jazz with modern classical music (“new music”) and more. At times melodic, rhythmic, and at times purely textural.