Craig Pedersen Quartet: Ghosts

Hi everyone.

I’m very excited to announce the release of the Craig Pedersen Quartet’s latest album, Ghosts. To celebrate we are touring through Quebec and Southern Ontario. Tour dates are below.

Ghosts is available for purchase from my new webstore in CD and digital (320kps mp3/flac) formats. Also available are new Craig Pedersen Quartet T-shirts, my new book Trumpet Sound Effects, as well as back catalog CDs. Visit to buy. They will also be available on tour!

(FYI, the store is safe and secure. Payment can be made by Visa or Mastercard through Paypal.)


Ghosts is a contemplative work, exploring themes of darkness, suffering and the pleasure of ensuing release. Coming in at just under 18-minutes, the album is musically concentrated. Like running with weights, the musicians are squeezed to their limits, forced to express within tight constraints. The results are uncontrolled saxophone wails, soaring bass melodies, and explosive drumming all reigned in by haunting trumpet playing and compositions. This is music that shows that from here, we need not answer to our suffering, but see that it has stood in front of something all along.

It is available in hand-packaged letter-pressed CD sleeves with vellum inserts.


I’m very excited to share this music with you!

Tour Dates:

We regret to inform that our CD release concerts in Quebec City have been cancelled, and will be rescheduled in the coming weeks. Also note the change of date for the Ottawa event. Concert dates are below!

April 16, 9pm – Resonance Café – Montreal, QC

April 19, 8pm – New Music at the Boathouse – Kitchener, ON

April 20, 830pm – The Spill – Peterborough, ON

April 21, 8pm – Musideum – Somewhere There, Toronto, ON

April 22, 8pm – Silence – Guelph, ON

April 23, 8pm – Artword ArtBar – Zula Presents, Hamilton, ON

April 24, 8pm – Black Squirrel Books – Ottawa, ON

WORKSHOP: Trumpet Sound Effects


Studio d’Improvisation de Montréal and the Festival of New Trumpet Music Canada present a workshop based on my method book Trumpet Sound Effects. A first of its kind, Trumpet Sound Effects provides a simple and practical approach to extended techniques on the trumpet. With concise instructions, notation suggestions, etudes, and an audio companion, the book is a great resource for trumpet players and composers of all levels.

This workshop will use the book 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.

When: Sunday March 15, 2-4pm
Where: La Passe, 1214 de la Montagne
Costs: $15-20 sliding scale

Workshop attendants are welcome to bring their trumpets in anticipation of participation.
Language: English.

Send email to to register.

Trumpet Sound Effects will be available at the workshop.

Joe Morris / Mark Molnar / Craig Pedersen Winter Tour


I’m excited to announce that Joe Morris, Mark Molnar and I are touring to Guelph, Ottawa, Peterborough, Kingston and Montreal from February 25 to March 1st!

Guitar player Joe Morris is hailed as “… the most exciting and original jazz plucker to emerge in the last decade.” (JOHN CORBETT, DOWNBEAT). Joined by trumpet player Craig Pedersen and cello player Mark Molnar, the trio will tread through their collective take on tradition and innovation to places of joy, inquiry and contemplation in an effort to share the music they love.

Tour dates:

Feb 25, 8pm – Silence – Guelph, ON
Morris/Pedersen + Ken Aldcroft

Feb 26, 7:30pm – Black Squirrel, Ottawa, ON
+ Birse / Broscoe / Kavanaugh

Feb 27, 7:30pm – Tett Centre – Kingston, ON
presented by the Kingston Jazz Society and Tone-Deaf

Feb 28, 8:00pm – Curated – Peterborough, ON
+ in fallow

Mar 1, 8:00pm – La Passe – Montréal, QC
presented by La Passe