Friday, January 23, 2015

FONTMusic Canada Fundraiser Performance and Imagine The Sound screening!

Mon premier performance de 2015 est en quatuor avec Vicky Mettler guitare, Raphael Foisy-Couture basse, et Louis-Vincent Hamel batterie. C'est un levée de fonds pour le Festival de la nouvelle musique de trompette au Canada, et il y a aussi la documentaire classique Imagine the Sound, datant de 1981.

Selon le critique et l’historien cinématographique Jonathan Rosenbaum IMAGINE THE SOUND est “fort probablement le meilleur documentaire sur le free-jazz.” Ce film met en vedette des entretiens ainsi que des prestations dramatiques des pianistes Cecil Taylor et Paul Bley, le saxophoniste ténor Archie Shepp et le trompettiste Bill Dixon.

vendredi le 6 février, 21h
185 ave Van Horne
Concert à 21 h, film à 22 h
Du POPCORN chaud sera en vente. Apportez vos consommations.
Contribution volontaire suggérée 5$-15$
NB quie le film est anglais, sans sous-tîres.


My first performance of 2015 will be in quartet with Vicky Mettler guitar, Raphael Foisy-Couture bass, and Louis-Vincent Hamel drums. It's a fundraising night for the Festival of New Trumpet Music Canada, and it also features a screening of the 1981 documentary Imagine the Sound.

Critic and film historian Jonathan Rosenbaum has said IMAGINE THE SOUND “may be the best documentary on free jazz that we have.” The film features articulate interviews and dramatic performances by pianists Cecil Taylor and Paul Bley, tenor saxophone Archie Shepp, and trumpet player Bill Dixon.

Friday February 6, 9pm
185 ave Van Horne
Live performance at 9 with the film beginning at 10.
Hot POPCORN will be for sale. BYOB.
Entry by donation (sliding scale $5-$15)
NB, the film is in English without

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Festival of New Trumpet Music Canada 2015!!!

I'm excited to be one of the artistic directors of this great festival, coming to Montreal in March 2015. This is our second year and we need your help in covering the costs of travel and accommodation for our visiting artists. Please have a look at our amazing lineup, and make a donation today!!!

Je suis fier de faire partie de ce relativement nouveau festival, comme l'un de ses directeurs artistiques. Le festival fait toutes sortes de grandes choses pour la musique nouvelle et créative et nous avons de grands rêves pour l'avenir.
Nous avons besoin d'aide avec les frais de voyage et d'hébergement pour nos artistes invités.
Jetez un oeil à notre gamme incroyable et se il vous plaît faire un don aujourd'hui.

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:

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 (available October 30)


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)

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:
Wine, Cheeses, Beer, Teas, Coffees, Light Fare
$10 for the evening