Thank you again to all you who supported the album last year. I want to give a special shout out to François at Douze Pouces, Ellwood Epps at L’envers, and Kristiana in Kingston. They’ve all really helped the Quartet gain their legs outside of Ottawa, whether through the radio or helping with shows.
Finally, I made this video to commemorate the occasion.
On May 20th, I am proud to release my solo trumpet disc, Grey Areas, in an extremely limited artist edition of 25 discs. The recording was my prime focus for the month of March, where each day I wrote, recorded and refined a new piece until I arrived at these compositions. The music of Grey Areas draws heavily on contemporary practice in trumpet playing and improvisation and explores the integration of non-binary intellectual discourse in every day life. They strive to get to the core of traditional song forms, while at the same time blowing them wide open to show how, like in life, the most interesting parts are the in-between areas, or the shades of grey, where more is alike than different.
Since recording, I have been designing and manufacturing the package. All the packaging has been painstakingly hand-crafted, from hand-folding the envelopes, to unique hand-painted watercolour covers, individually handwritten tracklistings and individually hand-written scores/notes for each piece on the album. Each package also comes with printed liner notes explaining the project. Once all 25 packages are gone, they will be gone for good.
I’m extremely excited for this project, and hope that you can make it out.
Date – Sunday May 20th
Place – IMOO @ Umi Café (610 Somerset St W)
Time – 7-9pm.
Cost – $5/pwyc
Check out this great video documenting the project, made by my good friend Pixie Cram.
Hi everyone! After a very busy last 2 months, I’ve finally got some down-time to update my website.
Check out the new logo up top, thanks to the brilliant Morel McMaster! Events are updated, I have a new bio, the discography page is expanded, I’ve changed my projects and teaching page, and added a new recordings to the Weddings and more! section, featuring guitar wizard and super-cool-dude Lucas Haneman.
You can hear the new tracks right here:
There Will Never Be Another You:
The Blues Walk:
I also made this super cool video promo for the Ottawa Winter Jazz Festival:
Trumpet playing performer-composer-educator-cooldude in Montreal. Somewhere at the intersection of free-jazz and feminism and heavily invested in the avant-garde. Curator of the Improvising Musicians of Ottawa / Outaouais Series (improvisedmoo.com)
"…His songwriting is sharp…" - François Couture (Monsieur Deliré)
"…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 (Step Tempest)
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"Since his arrival a few years ago to Ottawa,
trumpeter Craig Pedersen has jolted the city's creative music scene with
both his energetic playing and organizing." - Peter Hum (Ottawa Citizen)
"He is a calm, thoughtful trumpet player with the technique of a studied traditional brass player and an ear for all the fresh sounds that are coming out of the improvised world." - Petr Cancura (Programming Director, Ottawa Jazzfest)
"Les quatre prochaines années seront bien dures sur la colline parlementaire, heureusement Craig Pedersen veillera. Trompette en main." - Douze Pouces (CiSM radio, Montreal)