Craig Pedersen

trumpeter, composer & educator


“…His songwriting is sharp…” 

-François Couture

“The Craig Pedersen Quartet…reminds this listener of the halcyon days of the 1970s when the Art Ensemble of Chicago, Julius Hemphill and Henry Threadgill first entered my consciousness”

 -Richard B. Kamins


Craig Pedersen is trumpet player, composer and educator based out of Montréal. An active freelance musician specializing in jazz and free music, he also performs commercial, classical and klezmer music. He actively leads his own bands, the Craig Pedersen Quartet and the It’s A Free Country duo with Joel Kerr.

He co-directs the Musique a La Poele series in Montreal, and also co-founded the Improvising Musicians of Ottawa/Outaouais Concert (IMOO) Series. Since its inception, IMOO has served as a hub of improvised music in Ottawa, presenting both local and international artists.

Craig has released eight albums worth of material, ranging between composed material to improvisation, through jazz, free music, country, and klezmer, in a variety of ensembles. Recent highlights of this work have included collaborations and/or performances with Lori Freedman, Nicolas Caloia, Evan Tighe, Aaron Lumley, Ian Birse and Laura Kavanaugh (Instant Places), Joel Kerr, and Mark Molnar (Kingdom Shore), as well as recording on the soundtrack for Robert Lepage’s Needles and Opium, and performances at L’Off Festival du Jazz and FONT Canada. He has recently written a method book of extended techniques for the trumpet, to published by Berklee Press and Hal Leonard in November of 2014.


Upcoming Performances

  • Craig Pedersen Quartet 5:00 pm, Ottawa, ON, National Arts Centre