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 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. for information.

Friday, March 21, 2014

3 performances for SPRING!

The first-ever Festival Of New Trumpet Music Canada went very well, even if I badly damaged my horn and got sick enough to miss the last night. My trumpet should be out of the shop by Wednesday in time for the first of 3 performances I will be doing in a one-week period. Please come and hear the music and buy some CD's and make me a little less poor.

Wednesday March 26 : Rosasharn's Dream @ Résonance Café
Ellwood Epps trompette
Scott Thomson trombone
Félix-Antoine Hamel tenor saxophone
Yves Charuest alto saxophone
Olivier Prud'homme-Richard guitar
Faye MacCalman tenor saxophone
Ivan Bamford drums

A new version of an old dream! Resurrecting a group from 11 years ago: Nothing new under the sun, nothing ever the same.

5175a ave du Parc, 2 sets: 21h et 22h15, $8 à la porte

Sunday March 30: Annett/Epps/Hamel/MacCalman 4tet @ Noise Sunday

James Annett viola
Ellwood Epps trumpet
Félix-Antoine Hamel tenor saxophone
Faye MacCalman tenor saxophone

185 Van Horne, 330pm, $5+ donation

Tuesday April 1st: Mardi Spaghetti 6th Anniversary Marathon @ Le Cagibi

James Annett viola
Ellwood Epps trumpet
Félix-Antoine Hamel tenor saxophone
Faye MacCalman tenor saxophone

5490 St-Laurent, 5pm*, $5+ donation
*event goes from 3pm to midnight!!

Sunday, February 2, 2014

FONTMusic Canada growing strong--please help us make it all the way!!!

By now you may know that I am helping to present the first-ever Festival of New Trumpet Music Canada (FONTMusic Canada) in Montreal from March 13th to 16th. While we have been fortunate enough to receive a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts to pay our artists, we are relying on music lovers like you to help us fund the travel and accommodations for our many visiting artists, who are coming from as far away as Vancouver. You are the real arts council!!

We had a very successful launch/fundraiser night at Résonance. 8 trumpeters performed 5 sets to a full house, and we raised nearly $400! Thankyou!! We still have a long way to go. Please visit the campaign page and make a donation. We can do this together!!!

For more information visit us at

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

8 Trompettes pour un Festival !!!!!!!

I am very excited to invite you to a fundraising event on Wednesday January 29for the first-ever Festival of New Trumpet Music Canada, which will be happening in Montreal from March 12-16 2-14!
I will be performing with four of my favourite Montreal trumpet players: Philippe Battikha, Paul Seralheiro, Craig Pedersen, and Eric Lewis. The night also features sets by fell trumpeters Amy Horvey, Jacques Kuba Séguin, Craig Pedersen, and Bill Mahar.

l'Envers announces a fundraising event for the first-ever Festival of New Trumpet Music Canada, coming up from March13-16 2014!

l'Envers est fière d'annoncer une levée de fonds pour le tout premier Festival de la Nouvelle Musique de Trompette au Canada, qui se déroulera du 13 au 16 Mars 2014!

(English follows)

Participez à cette levée de fonds et assistez au dévoilement officiel de la programmation du Festival avec 5 concerts offerts par 9 superbes trompettistes , le 29 janvier 2014 au Résonance Café!

Craig Pedersen (tpt) & Joel Kerr (basse) ''It's a Free Country''
Amy Horvey (tpt) Pièces Solo
Bill Mahar (tpt) & Dave Watts (basse)
Jacques Kuba Séguin (tpt), Frédéric Alaire (basse), Martin Auguste (batterie)
Ellwood Epps, Paul Serralheiro, Craig Pedersen, Eric Lewis, & Philippe Battikha (5 trompettes!)

Le Festival de Nouvelle Musique pour Trompette du Canada a pris comme modèle le FONTMusic Festival de New York qui a eu un grand succès. Quatorze des trompettistes les plus créatifs et novateurs sont réunis durant quatre soirs, ici, à Montréal. Le Festival inclut des sonorités du monde du jazz, de l’ improvisation, l’ électro-acoustique, et la composition contemporaine avec des influences du globe entier. Venez nous rejoindre le 29 janvier et découvrir tout ce que nous avons à vous offrir!

La programmation sera dévoilée à 20h, et la musique commencera à 21h pile.
$10- $15 prix d’ entrée.
Les gains serviront aux frais de transport et hébèrgement à la cinquantaine d’ artistes invités au Festival. Les membres de la presse doivent réserver leur place de courtoisie au courriel suivant:


Join us for the official unveiling of the festival program, as well as 5 performances by 9 great trumpet players on January 29th at Résonance Café!

Craig Pedersen (tpt) & Joel Kerr (bass) ''It's a Free Country''
Amy Horvey (tpt) Solo pieces
Bill Mahar (tpt) & Dave Watts (bass)
Jacques Kuba Séguin (tpt), Frédéric Alaire (bass), Martin Auguste (drums)
Ellwood Epps, Paul Serralheiro, Craig Pedersen, Eric Lewis, & Philippe Battikha (5 tpts!)

The Festival of New Trumpet Music Canada is modeled after the highly successful FONTMusic festival in New York. 14 of Canada's most creative and innovative trumpeters will assemble for 4 nights in March right here in Montreal. The festival includes sounds from the worlds of jazz, improvisation, electro-acoustic, and contemporary composition with influences from around the globe. Join us on the 29th to discover all that we have in store for you!

The program will be unveiled at 8pm, with music starting promptly at 9pm. $10-$15 cover charge will help us to cover the travel and accommodation costs for our nearly 50 artists. Members of the press who would like to be on the guest-list please write to

mercredi le 29 janvier
Résonance Café 5175a ave du Parc
8pm Unveiling
9pm-12am Music

Monday, December 2, 2013

3 Base Hit!

3 performances: December 10/11/12!!!

Tuesday 10 December
Quartet with Brahja Waldman (alto sax), Jihyung Kim (piano), and Yves Charuest (alto sax). This is part of Brahja's monthly Friends of Freedom series at Résonance Cafe

Résonance Café, 5175a ave du Parc

Wednesday 11 December
Trio with Lori Freedman (clarinets) and Josh Zubot (violin) as part of the Mercredi Musics series. Lori and Josh are two of my favourite people to make music with: they are seemingly incapable of phoning it in, always bringing massive vitality and excitement to the stage. Casa Obscura is a special place, with years of music and art soaked up in its walls.

Casa Obscura, 4381 Papineau
doors at 830, music at 9 sharp (2 sets!)
$5 + contribution volontaire

Thursday 12 December
Malcolm Goldstein (violin) and I will both be giving solo performances at the lovely and intimate articule gallery. I am honoured to share the night with a magical performer who brings a long lifetime of dedication and wisdom to each performance. It will be a special night in a very nice space.

articule, 262 Fairmount west (just east of ave du Parc)
doors open at 730, music starts at 8 sharp

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

After a fantastic tour from coast to coast, Land of Marigold will be back in the town we love the most for a special homecoming concert. We are thrilled to be opening for the one and only Joe Morris, who will be launching a CD with Nigel Taylor and Fausto Sierakowski. 

I will also be doing a duet performance at a fundraising for the Off Jazz Festival with the most fiery saxophonist in Montreal, Jean Derome, presenting my first compositions in 10 years with a new quartet, and playing solo opposite Malcolm Goldstein in the lovely Articule gallery.

I hope to see you out there!!

Bug Incision Records and l'Envers present

Joe Morris ::: guitar
Fausto Sierakowski ::: saxophone
Nigel Taylor ::: trumpet
Launching their debut CD, 'Part and Parcel' (Bug Incision)

Land of Marigold
Josh Zubot ::: violin
Ellwood Epps ::: trumpet
Final stop on coast-to-coast Canadian tour

23 novembre, $12 at the door
LOM at 930, Joe Morris &co at 1030 and 1130
L'oeuf 425, 5334 de Gaspé

Joe Morris is one of the greatest guitarists and improvisors of our times. His musical output during his now more than four decade long career is so prolific that it is beyond description. His importance to creative music is perhaps best summed up by Gary Giddins article in The Village Voice, "if Ornette Coleman were Jim Hall, he would be Joe Morris". Throughout his 40-year career Morris has created a startlingly original style on the guitar, and in more recent years also performs on the double bass. The list of his collaborators is long, and includes William Parker, Billy Bang, Andrew Cyrille, Peter Kowald, Joe McPhee, Malcolm Goldstein, Samm Bennett, Lawrence "Butch" Morris and Thurman Barker.

Fausto Sierakowski studied composition and improvisation at New England Conservatory with Anthony Coleman, Joe Morris, and Frank Carlberg. Fascinated by the music of Turkey and the Balkans and has met masters such as Manos Achalinotopoulos, Peter Ralchev and Adam Stinga. Played with Joe Morris, Frank London, Ted Reichman, Asan Rashid, Luther Gray and Slavic Soul Party across the US, Canada, Italy, Germany and Portugal. Released “Buck Hammerstein Clear River Chapaukee” with Nigel Taylor in 2012. Appears on Tzadik as a member of Anthony Coleman’s Survivors Breakfast Ensemble “The End of Summer” (2013).

Nigel Taylor is a trumpet player, improvisor, and composer based in Montreal. Formerly assistant principal trumpet of the Regina Symphony Orchestra, he resigned his position in 2009 to pursue studies in improvisation and contemporary composition at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. He has released recordings with Joe Morris, Anthony Coleman, Fausto Sierakowski, Chris Cretella, and Nick Neuberg.

Land of Marigold is the mysterious convergence of two of Montreal’s busiest improvisers, Josh Zubot and Ellwood Epps. Originating in rural Saskatchewan and Toronto respectively, the two have played together in Nicolas Caloia’s Ratchet Orchestra, Michel F. Côté's Mecha Fixes Clocks, Matana Roberts’ Coin Coin, Sam Shalabi’s Land of Kush, and with Marshall Allen, John Butcher, Malcolm Goldstein, William Parker, and Myra Melford. They are also two of the founders of the weekly Mardi Spaghetti series, a mainstay in Montreal’s improvised music scene since 2008.

Josh and Ellwood are making an 11-stop tour of Canada, going from Halfiax to Vancouver, and then back to Montreal for this, the final show of the tour. You can bet that they will be in high-flying form.

5334 de Gaspé (enter through small door)
l'Oeuf 425 is on the 4th floor.
Doors open at 9, music starts at 930
The trio will play 2 sets following LOM.
$12 admission, no advance tickets.

FB event and poster photo by Peter Gannushkin. Check out his amazing work !

A CKUT copresentation