Mr. Rempel is a composer, the leader of Gerry Rempel Ensemble and Gerry Rempel Jazz Syndicate, a member of numerous jazz, soul, and blues groups in Eugene, and a music teacher at Northwest Christian University and Lane Community College. Also part of the award-winning University of Oregon Gospel Choir Band, Mr. Rempel accompanied the UO Gospel choir on their 2013 China tour.
As a resident composer, arranger, musician, and Music Director for Ballet Fantastique, Mr. Rempel composed and performed several pieces in Ballet Fantastique's String Theory (premiere 2010, Hult Center). Mr. Rempel's nine-piece group, Gerry Rempel Jazz Syndicate, arranged and performed the music for Ballet Fantastique’s roaring 20’s Parisian Pride and Prejudice (premiere 2013, Hult Center; encore performances in 2016). As the University of Oregon Gospel Choir Band, Mr. Rempel also served as Music Director and played guitars for Ballet Fantastique's premiere of The Book of Esther: A Rock Gospel Ballet (premiere 2014, Hult Center). Mr. Rempel then spearheaded the collaboration with internationally acclaimed Irish uilleann piper and composer Eliot Grasso for Ballet Fantastique's premiere of Dragon & the Night Queen: Celtic Stories (premiere 2016, Florence Events Center + Hult Center); Mr. Rempel\s seven-part Ensemble for the Dragon production (Gerry Rempel Ensemble) included acoustic and electric guitars, bouzouki, uilleann pipes, flute, whistle, fiddle, keyboard, accordion, recorder, acoustic and electric percussion, acoustic and electric bass, and vocals sung in five languages. Music arrangements included varied combinations of material, both contemporary and ancient, that draw from Celtic and other “world” music, including an infiltration of rock elements.
Mr. Rempel has also composed a number of original works for Ballet Fantastique, including two works for String Theory (premiere 2011, Hult Center), Pride & Prejudice: A Parisian Jazz Ballet (premiere 2013, Hult Center), “The Fall of Vashti” and “Haman” forThe Book of Esther: A Rock Gospel Ballet (premiere 2014, Hult Center; encore performances in 2016), and "Serena and the Dragon" for Dragon & the Night Queen: Celtic Stories (premiere 2016, Florence Events Center + Hult Center). For more information about Mr. Rempel's upcoming musical projects and performances, please visit www.gerryrempel.com.
Gerry's album “Sketches From the Underground” was reviewed in the Eugene Weekly March 1, 2017., The Gerry Rempel Jazz Syndicate has two other albums, Parisian nights, Dragon and the Night Queen
Audiences perhaps best know Eugene musician and guitarist Gerry Rempel as resident composer with local ballet company, Ballet Fantastique. Now Rempel, along with his ...