Dave Reminick


With his music described as “bracing, original, and often jaw-dropping” (New Music Box), composer David Reminick brings a rigorous and frequently hyper-kinetic approach to contemporary concert music – and a cogent and structurally complex approach to his post-punk endeavors.

As a dedicated composer in the Chicago new music scene and the singer/guitarist for the post-punk band Paper Mice, David’s writing doesn’t so much blur the perceived boundaries between genres as augment and exchange the virtues and idiosyncrasies of each. In his relatively young career as a composer, David includes such notable groups as the International Contemporary Ensemble, Ensemble Recherche, Ensemble Dal Niente, the Spektral Quartet, Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, Ogni Suono, the Anubis Quartet, the H2 Quartet, Tim Munro, Marcus Weiss, Wild and Wulliman, Weston Olencki, Shi-An Costello, and the New York Miniaturist Ensemble in his inventory of commissions and collaborators. As the frontman for Paper Mice, which enjoys a robust underground following in Chicago and beyond, he was instrumental in the creation of the band’s 2012 album, The Funny Papers, which was released on the notorious San Diego label Three One G. An accomplished performer and improvisor, David was the founding saxophonist for the path-carving International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE). His piece for singing string quartet, The Ancestral Mousetrap (2014), was released by the Spektral Quartet on the Sono Luminus label in January of 2016. The album was nominated for the Grammy award for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance.

David received his Doctorate (DMA) in Composition from Northwestern University where his primary composition teachers included Lee Hyla, Chris Mercer, Hans Thomalla, and Jay Alan Yim. He also received Masters Degrees in Saxophone (MM) and Music Theory (MA) from the University of Michigan, as well as a BM in Saxophone Performance and a BA in Psychology from Oberlin Conservatory and College. An avid pedagogue, David currently teaches at Northeastern Illinois University, and formerly at Northwestern University and Columbia College Chicago.