Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Ben Monder & Ellwood Epps: Solos, July 1 in Montreal.

mercred le 1 juillet au 185 Van Horne

Ben Monder, guitar, NYC
Ellwood Epps, trumpet, MTL

$15 at the door. 

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Something Else! Festival Artist-in-Residence

I am excited and honoured to be the artist-in-residence at the Something Else! Festival which will be held in Hamilton Ontario from June 19 to 22. Artistic director Cem Zafir has put together a really great programme with fantastic creative musicians from Hamilton, Toronto, Montreal, and the Netherlands.

I will be giving three solo performances and a workshop. I'm very grateful to Cem for being such a wonderful host, and for affording me the opportunity to present my work in this context.

If you live anywhere near Hamilton (Guelph, Toronto, Buffalo, etc) it's going to be a great festival and you should come check it out!!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Jean Derome's ''Résistances'' at FIMAV 2015.

JEAN DEROME will turn 60 years old on June 29, 2015. He will be celebrating ''l'Année Jean Derome'' from May 2015 to June 2016 with a number of events, and the party will kick off at FIMAV with a bang: the premiere « Résistances » for 20-piece orchestra.
I'm glad to be back at FIMAV with Jean for the 4th time; my first appearance at the festival was with his 12-piece group 'Dangereux Zhomes +7' in 2009, and we have played together as part of both of the Ratchet Orchestra's performances. It is a pleasure and an honour to make music with someone who is just incapable of phoning it in.
'Résistances' is an amazing piece of work! It's an hour long, and much of it is in an unusual tuning and temperament, based on the 60hz hum of electricity in North America. The orchestra features some of Montreal's best and most idiosyncratic improvising musicians, and we are rehearsing 9 times for this show. The music is really going to fly!!! 
Lori Freedman : clarinettes
Joane Hétu : saxophone alto, voix, objets
Ellwood Epps : trompette
Scott Thomson : trombone
Guido Del Fabbro : violon
Joshua Zubot : violon
Pierre-Yves Martel : contrebasse
Nicolas Caloia : contrebasse
Aaron Lumley : contrebasse
Bernard Falaise : guitare électrique
Rainer Wiens : guitare électrique, kalimbas
Alex St-Onge : basse électrique
Vergil Sharkya’ : synthétiseur
Guillaume Dostaler : piano, synthétiseur
Martin Tétreault : tables tournantes
Diane Labrosse : échantillonneur
Michel F Côté : batterie
Isaiah Ceccarelli : batterie
Pierre Tanguay : batterie
Jean Derome : saxophone alto, flûtes, objets, composition

May 14 2015 at 10pm

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Land of Marigold plays 7th annual Mardi Spaghetti Marathon!

Land of Marigold will be performing as part of a 9-hour musical marathon in celebration of the 7th anniversary of the Mardi Spaghetti series. Josh and I are two of the co-founders of the series (along with Pierre-Yves Martel and Philippe Lauzier) and probably first performed together there, in the back room of Le Cagibi. Josh is still involved in running the series, and it'll be a pleasure to play a set in the bright afternoon together as part of a program of 9 groups, from 3pm to midnight on April 14. 

The series is dear to my heart, and is one of the most important places for the development and performance of creative music in Montreal. There's no experience quite like listening to 4 or 5 performances of wildly varied groups. I highly recommend  it, and plan to be there for the full 9 hours. I hope you'll be there too!!

Land of Marigold (Ellwood Epps trumpet, Josh Zubot Violin)
4pm, Tuesday April 14th
Mardi Spaghetti at Le Cabigi, 5490 St-Laurent

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

If You Got Ears with special guest Josh Zubot!

Wednesday March 25 12-2pm on CKUT 90.3 FM

Violinist, composer, and founder of the Mardi Spaghetti concert series Josh Zubot will be my guest this week. We'll be talking about (and listening to) several new recordings, the upcoming music marathon celebrating the  7th anniversary of Mardi Spaghetti, and playing together live in the studio. 

Josh and I have been playing together as Land of Marigold for about 8 years, and we've performed together with Myra Melford, the Ratchet Orchestra, Marshall Allen, and William Parker.

Please tune in wherever you are for a unique chance to meet one of the most interesting improvisers and best violinists you're ever going to hear. 

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

If You Got Ears with Ellwood Epps on CKUT radio!

I will be hosting CKUT's If You Got Ears, every Wednesday afternoon in March from noon to 2pm. I'll be featuring live performances, in-studio interviews, and the latest recordings of improvised music in Montréal.

On Wednesday March 18 my guest will be Raphael Foisy-Couture. A double bassist, organizer of concerts at La Passe, and creative force behind Small Scale Music, Raph is a bright new light on the scene in Montreal. We'll be playing together live in the studio, discussing Montréal's world of improvised music, and listening to some great records. Please join us!

Please join me on the airwaves at 90.3 FM, or online at www.ckut.ca.

Friday, March 6, 2015

FONTMusic Canada 2015, including Pink Saliva...

I'm happy to be presenting the second annual Festival of New Trumpet Music, and thrilled to be playing in it with Pink Saliva!!!

4 Nights of the best new trumpet music in Canada!!
40+ artists from Montréal, Toronto, New York and New Brunswick! 
One Exclusive Workshop!

jeudi le 12 mars, 20h30
Résonance Café, 5175a Ave du Parc

Jake Henry's Sweet Talk (New York City)Jake Henry trompette, Dustin Carlson guitare, Devin Drobka batterie.

Altsys Orchestra (Montréal): Bill Mahar directeur artistique/compositeur/trompette, Jennifer Bell chef d'orchestre/sax alto/clarinette/flûte, Frank Lozano sax ténor/flûte, Cameron Wallace sax baryton/clarinette basse, Dave Grott trombone, Christopher Smith trombone basse/tuba, Jocelyn Veilleux cor, Jocelyn Couture trompette, Aron Doyle trompette, Josh Rager piano, Alec Walkington basse, Jim Doxas batterie.

vendredi le 13 mars, 21h
Résonance Café, 5175a Ave du Parc

Joe Sullivan Quintet (Montréal, Toronto)Joe Sullivan trompette/bugle, André Leroux sax ténor, André White piano, Alec Walkington basse, Dave Laing batterie.

Stephanie Richards' Urban Survayor Project (New York)Stephanie Richards trompette/bugle/trompette piccolo, James Carney piano/rhodes, Sam Minae basse, Andrew Munsey batterie.

Pink Saliva (Montréal): Ellwood Epps trompette, Michel F Côté batterie/microphones, Alexandre St-Onge basse electrique/laptop.

samedi le 14 mars, 21h
185 Van Horne

Frédéric Demers' Multi trompettes et folie (Montréal): Frédéric Demers trompette si bémol/cornet/Tibetan horn/bugle/trompette naturel, Sonia Paço-Rocchia, electroniques.

Aaron Shragge & Ben Monder (New York City): Aaron Shragge trompette/flûtes shakuhachi, Ben Monder guitare.

Ingrid Jensen Quartet Featuring Ben Monder (New York City/Montréal): Ingrid Jensen trompette, Ben Monder guitare, Fraser Hollins basse, Greg Ritchie batterie.

dimanche le 15 mars, 14h-16h
La Passe, 1214 de la Montagne
$15-20 sliding scale

Craig Pedersen Workshop: Physical/Musical Approaches to Extended Techniques on the Trumpet. This workshop will use the book ''Trumpet Sound Effects'' as a jumping-off point to explore achieving a balance between the development of extended techniques and their integration into a musical practice — free improvisation, jazz, contemporary classical music and beyond.

Register at studioimpromontreal@gmail.com

dimanche le 15 mars, 20h30
185 Van Horne

Amy Horvey and Warhol Dervish (Montréal): Amy Horvey trompette, avec Warhol Dervish: John Corban et Emily Redhead violons, Pemi Paull – alto, JC Lizotte violoncelle.

Rampersaud Shaw Neal Krakowiak Leblanc (Toronto/New Brunswick): Nicole Rampersaud trompette, Evan Shaw sax alto/baryton, Wes Neal basse, Tomasz Krakowiak percussions, Joel Leblanc guitare.