Sunday, November 16, 2014

Interview with Écho (Résonance Café's blog)

On a recent trip to Montreal I was interviewed by Nicholas McGrath. He asked me some very intelligent questions and it was a real pleasure talking with him. You can read the interview here:

http://resonancecafe.com/echo/?p=604#more-604

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Aaron Shragge & Ellwood Epps in concert, November 22 in New York City


Please join us both for our first concert together! We will be presenting improvised trumpet solos and duets in a beautiful and intimate SoHo loft. The music we have been working on attempts to balance the spontaneous moment with our individual trajectories as composer-improvisers, and touches on American, Japanese, Canadian, and Indian traditions. We are both engaged with the microtonal aspects and very flexible nature of the trumpet, with a dedication to the nature of sound within a space.

Saturday, November 22nd
Music starts at 8pm. $10 suggested donation.
You must RSVP for the address.
(Please contact Ellwood Epps vai facebook or at bodyofmystery@gmail.com)

Trumpeters Aaron Shragge and Ellwood Epps have a lot in common. Besides the common instrument, they are both Montrealers making music in New York City, are co-founders and directors of the Festival of New Trumpet Music Canada,and both are practicing Zen Buddhists.

Aaron Shragge (dragon mouth trumpet, shakuhachi, composition) has been greatly inspired from the practice and study of the ancient musical traditions of North India and Japan. Shragge has a BFA in Jazz and Contemporary Music from New School University has a Master's in Music therapy at New York University. Aaron Shragge has performed with multi-instrumentalist Daniel Carter, Ben Monder, Jon Gibson, The Sam Roberts Band, Akim Funk Buddha, and Medeski Martin and Wood's Billy Martin at such venues as Symphony Space, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, The Blue Note, CBGB's and The Tenri Cultural Institute. He has studied improvisation with Kenny Werner, and is currently studies shakuhachi with Grand Master’s Ronnie Nyogetsu Seldin, Japanese Master Yodo Kurahashi II and North Indian vocals with Ustad Mashkoor Ali Khan. His current projects include a duo with Ben Monder, a Jazz sextet that plays the music of Tom Waits.

Ellwood Epps (Montreal/New York City) is an improvising trumpet player, and one of the leading lights of Canada’s creative music scene. He has performed with Steve Lacy, William Parker, Josh Zubot, Henry Grimes, Jean Derome, Le Quan Ninh, Joe McPhee, Butch Morris, John Butcher, and Marshall Allen, and appears on more than 50 recordings. He has appeared internationally at the Stone, CBGB’s and The Jazz Gallery (all in New York), the Guelph, Vancouver, Halifax, and Toronto Jazz Festivals, FIMAV, Festival of New Trumpet (NYC), Earshot (Seattle), Suoni Per Il Popolo, and the Off Festival de Jazz (Montreal).

Epps cofounded l'Envers in 2008, through which he has presented over 500 concerts. In the same year he also cofounded the Mardi Spaghetti series at Le Cagibi. He is also the director and principal teacher at the Studio d'Improvisation de Montréal since 2009, presenting an ongoing series of improvised music workshops, including guest teachers like Henry Grimes, Lori Freedman, and Jean Derome.

Ellwood is active with several working groups: the longstanding Pink Saliva (an electric band with Michel F Côté and Alexandre St-Onge), Land of Marigold (with Josh Zubot), the acoustic Ellwood Epps Quartet (with Scott Thomson, Nicolas Caloia, and Ivan Bamford), the Ratchet Orchestra, and in duet with saxophonist Yves Charuest.



www.ellwoodepps.blogspot.ca
www.aaronshragge.com

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Yves Charuest & Ellwood Epps ''La Passe'' album release and TOUR!!!

''La Passe'' to be released October 30th!
''to rejoice in belonging to the continuum of a musical becoming''


I am very happy to be able to share some very special music with you. Please come hear Yves and I in Guelph, Hamilton, Toronto, Ottawa or Montreal, or purchase the record at www.smallscalemusic.wordpress.com (available October 30)

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Ontario-Québec tour in support of ''La Passe'', their debut recording on Small Scale Music.


Yves Charuest and Ellwood Epps represent an ongoing story of improvised music in Montréal. Ellwood arrived in Montréal in 2005 and promptly set to work becoming one of the city's busiest creative musicians, concert presenters, and teachers. Yves was heavily involved in the scene during the 80's and 90's, and was one of the few players to branch out onto the world stage. During the period of Epps' arrival and leading up to about 2011, Charuest was on a long sabatical, and so when they met in Nicolas Caloia's Ratchet Orchestra, they were both new to each other, despite both having paid their dues for many years on the Montreal and international scenes.

Finding a common ground in energy and spirit, and with a great respect for the history of creative music in America, Canada, and Montréal, Yves and Ellwood decided to explore the possibilities of working together as a duet. They gave performances at several of Montréal's fertile loft venues over a couple years, while continuing their work together in the Ratchet Orchestra, Epss' group Rosasharn’s Dream, and other formations.

As a duet, the chemistry is immediate enough that prearranged material didn't seem to be necessary. Rather, the two musicians find material in the immediate surroundings (place, time, people, energy), and arrange, develop, and transform it as any composer works with their own musical materials. In the summer of 2014 they felt ready to document their work together, and responded eagerly to the offer of bassist Raphael Foisy-Couture's offer to record and release their music on his new Small Scale Music label.

Yves' and Ellwood's differences (in age, mother tongue, so-called 'generation'...) are easily overcome in their willingness to participate immediately in the musical moment, to rejoice in belonging to the continuum of a musical becoming. Their first tour is sure to be full of exciting times, transformative adventures, and soulful music.


Thursday October 30, Guelph Ontario (Silence, 46 Essex St, 8pm, $10)

Friday October 31, Hamilton Ontario with Gary Barwin & David Lee (Zula Presents the Something Else! series at Artword Artbar, 8:30pm, 15 Colborne St, $10-15)

Saturday November 1st, Toronto Ontario with Preanderthals and Heather Segger & Doug Tielli (Burn Down the Capital presents at Ratio, 283 College St 2nd floor, 9pm, $10) www.ratiospace.ca

Sunday November 2nd, Ottawa Ontario (IMOO series at Raw Sugar, 692 Somerset St W, 7pm, $5-10)

Tuesday November 4th, Montreal Québec (Mardi Spaghetti series at Cagibi Café, 5490 St-Laurent, 9pm, $5+)



Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Pink Saliva, All Up In There, and Ratchet Orchestra at l'Off Festival de Jazz de Montréal

Ellwood Epps, Alexandre St-Onge, Michel F. Côté are Pink Saliva. 
(photo Etienne Mangonaux)

I'll be very happy to be in Montreal to play with 3 bands at the 15th Off Festival de Jazz de Montréal.

Pink Saliva is back after winning the 2012 François Marcaurelle Prize, performing at Résonance Café on Sunday October 5th. Also featured the same night is All Up In There, a group that made its debut at the 2008 Suoni Per Il Popolo Festival, featuring myself, Michel F. Côté, and the superb theremin player Frank Martel.

I'll also be part of the mighty Ratchet Orchestra , hot off our Victoriaville performance with Marshall Allen, celebrating the 100th anniversary of Sun Ra's earth arrival. We are making our Off Festival debut at the Cabaret du Mile End on Saturday October 11th.

Details on both concerts and on an upcoming tour with saxophonist Yves Charuest can be found to the right in the performance section. Hope to see you out there!!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

William Hooker Trio at Whynot Jazz Room, Sunday August 31


7:30 pm William Hooker Trio:William Hooker, drums; Dave Soldier, violin; Ellwood Epps trumpet

9 pm Amigo-Nix Duo: Cristian Amigo, guitar; Bern Nix, guitar

Whynot Jazz Room
14 Christopher St.
1 train to Christopher Street, or any train to West 4th
Reservations Strongly Suggested: Whynotjazzroom1@gmail.com
Wine, Cheeses, Beer, Teas, Coffees, Light Fare
www.whynotjazzroom.com
$10 for the evening

www.williamhooker.com
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bern_Nix
www.davesoldier.com
www.ellwoodepps.blogspot.com
http://amigocristian.wordpress.com/

Friday, August 1, 2014

Toronto Solo Performance

 August 10, The Tranzac, Toronto
292 Brunswick ave.

10:00pm
from Montreal, Ellwood Epps solo trumpet

10:30pm
LINA ALLEMANO FOUR
Lina Allemano trumpet;
Brodie West alto saxophone;
Andrew Downing bass;
Nick Fraser drums.

Lina Allemano Four
www.linaallemano.com

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Solo performance + Workshop on Sun Ra's music

I'll be playing a short solo performance as part of a fundraising night for ''Mardis tous croche', a new series that will take place on the last 2 Tuesdays of each month. There are 3 other acts on the bill, and all the money goes to help tune the piano at the venue. Pay attention: it's an early show!
1214 de la Montagne, starting at 7pm. Pay what you can (not the same as pay what you want)
More info at https://www.facebook.com/events/441446972658075/ if you are a facebooker.

I am also teaming up with Nicolas Caloia in offering a 3-week workshop on the music of Sun Ra, as part of the Studio d'Improvisation de Montréal. I'm really looking forward to delving into and sharing that fantastic music with a wonderful group of people. www.studioimpromontreal.blogspot.ca for information.