Christopher Reimer, the guitarist for Calgary art-rock band Women, died in his sleep on Tuesday, according to the Calgary Herald (via Pitchfork). The cause of death has not been determined. He was 26.
A vital part of Calgary’s music community, Women released two albums on Jagjaguwar, 2008′s Women and 2010′s Public Stain. The group toured the world with acts like Wire and Mogwai. The band went on hiatus during their 2010 tour and Reimer soon became a touring member of The Dodo’s.
The band’s label, Jagjaguwar, released the following statement: “We’re shocked and saddened to hear about the passing of Women guitarist, Chris Reimer. Chris’ virtuosic playing is one of the many reasons we fell in love with this band in the first place. If you were lucky enough to ever see them play live, you know what we mean. Always calm and collected while shredding. So much fun to watch. All of that aside, Chris was an incredible friend. He was one of the warmest and funniest people we’ve been lucky to know and work with.”
Reimer’s sister has created a memorial website. Also, Canadian musician Aaron Leaney has posted a live recording of Reimer performing a meditative solo guitar piece from February 8, 2012 at Weeds Cafe in Calgary on his personal site.
Check out the Women track “Eyesore” below and watch a video of the band performing in Philadelphia: