Tuesday, December 3, 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

Wednesday, November 20, 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 atwww.downtownmusic.net !

A CKUT copresentation

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Land of Marigold Canadian Tour November 2013

I am thrilled to be going across Canada with Josh Zubot to play 11 concerts. This will be the biggest tour we've done to date, and the biggest one I have ever done. Please help us spread the word about these shows. We look forward to all the music, people, and land and water.

This tour is supported by CIRCUIT and the Canada Council for the Arts.

Check out one of our performances here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P0Gc-inThB0

4 NOV: Halifax NS
1313 Hollis, 1313 Hollis St
8pm, $10

5 NOV: Frederiction NB
Gallery Connexion, 440 York Street

6 NOV: Rimouski QC
Coop Paradis, 274 rue Michaud
830pm, 8$ suggéré
LOM + Rémy Bélanger de Beauport /Éric Normand 

7 NOV: Québec, QC
Bar Coop l'Agitée, 255 rue Dorchester
830pm, pwyc

8/9 NOV: Montréal, QC

10 Nov: Ottawa, ON
IMOOFest 2013
Gigspace, 953 Gladstone
3 acts starting at 730pm. LOM at 930pm, $15 for the night.
LOM + Jesse Stewart + Pedersen/Magill/Warren

11 NOV: Kingston, ON
The Artel, 205 Sydenham Street
8pm, $10/pwyc
LOM + Decomposing Pianos

12 NOV: Toronto, ON
Musideum, 401 Richmond
8pm, $10/pwyc for arts workers, unemployed)

14 NOV: Calgary, AB

15 NOV: Edmonton, AB
7527 106 street
830pm, pwyc

17 NOV: Vancouver, BC
China Cloud, 524 Main
LOM + Gordon Grdina/Kenton Loewen

18 NOV: Vancouver, BC
NOW Improvisation Workshop with LOM
The Western Front, 303 East 8th Ave, upstairs
4-6pm and 730-930pm, $5-$20 suggested donation
register at http://www.noworchestra.com/workshops 

(More details to be added as they come in...)

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Now accepting trumpet students!!

Inspiring and effective trumpet lessons for players of all ages and levels of experience. I have over 20 years of experience teaching students from age 5 to 75, beginners to professionals, as well as students with special needs.

We'll study the fundamentals of the instrument in a creative and positive way that applies to all styles of music. You`ll gain strength and flexibility as a player and deepen your understanding of the trumpet as a creative musical instrument, and you'll have fun! My area of expertise is in jazz, improvisation, composition, and theory.

About me:
I have been playing the trumpet for over 25 years. I started teaching professionally at the age of 15...and I have been refining my methods for over 20 years. I have studied at the University of Toronto, York University, and the Banff Centre for the Arts, and for 10 years in New York with master teacher Laurie Frink. I perform and tour regularly, at venues including the Montreal and Vancouver International Jazz Festivals. I have played on 50 recordings.
I teach at my Montreal studio or at your home anywhere in Montreal.

You can hear some of my work at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KtN_UnKT8B0

Friday, September 27, 2013

Repetitions, versions... 2 ad hoc performances

Everything is new, and some things never get old, and nothing is new under the sun...

A few days ago I had the pleasure of playing 2 sets of Ornette Coleman's music with a quartet including Jean Derome. Jean is among two or three people I play with regularly who always and absolutely brings it each time he performs. Jean doesn't let the fire go out on stage, and I am lucky to have 2 more opportunities to share the fire with him soon. The rooms we are playing in are special too: over and over new breath blowing on the coals to bring the flames up!!

1 Octobre: 
Jean Derome (alto sax), Ellwood Epps (trompette), Scott Thomson (trombone)
Mardi Spaghetti @ Le Cagibi, 5490 St-Laurent
9pm, $5+ contribution suggested

9 octobre:
Jean Derome (alto sax), Ellwood Epps (trompette), Scott Thomson (trombone), Martin Tétreault (turntables)
2 sets!
Mercredi Music @ Casa Obscura, 4381 Papineau
9pm, $5+ contribution suggested

If you don't know Jean Derome's music, these are great chances to discover it. I hope you can be there to be part of the energy.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Derome/Epps/Lumley/Tanguay joue Ornette: 24 septembre au Résonance Café

mardi le 24 septembre
Résonance Café  5175A Ave du Parc (coin Fairmount)
2sets starting at 9pm   $8

Jean Derome.....sax alto
Ellwood Epps.....trompette
Aaron Lumley.....contrebasse
Pierre Tanguay.....batterie

After succesful shows at L'envers and La Brique, four of Montreal's hottest improvisers are back playing more music they love, by Ornette Coleman. The band got its start several years ago in the city's underground loft scene playing at a celebration of Coleman's birthday.The on-stage chemistry of the four players has brought three generations of musicians together to explore the huge body of work that American master-musician Ornette Coleman is still building now, 55 years after his first released recordings.


Saturday, July 20, 2013

Studio d'Improvisation de Montréal!

Concert and Fall Session
We are closing out our summer session with a concert this Sunday, July 21 at La Brique. It has been a rewarding session for me and for the 12 participants of the Studio d'Improvisation de Montréal. We've worked and played hard (and sweated through some hot afternoons!), and we're happy to be presenting our music to you in concert. Come and hear what's new!

I am also announcing the fall session, which runs four Sunday afternoons beginning September 15th. The workshop is open to musicians of all levels and experiences, no matter what your instrument. The focus is on improvising in a group context. It's fun, challenging, and rewarding. You can find all the details at www.studioimpromontreal.blogspot.com

Concert info is in the calendar section of this page, or go to https://www.facebook.com/events/189242451243162/.

Monday, June 10, 2013

4 New Recordings!

I'm happy to have a new batch or recorded music out in the world. I'm especially happy about the Land of Marigold record. The music on this record is exactly what we do, and it took us 5 years to convince someone to release it. Please buy some records and help feed a musician. 

2 from the Tour de Bras label, based in Rimouski, Québec:

Mecha Fixes Clocks 'Beau comme un aéroport'
(CD and download)

philippe lauzier (sax alto, clarinette basse), elwood epps (trompette), jean rené (alto), pierre-yves martel (viole de gambe, feedback), bernard falaise (guitare), guillaume dostaler (piano), michel f côté (batterie, feedbaks et microphones)

released 07 June 2013
musique : michel f côté
production : tiari kese & michel f côté / tour de bras 2013
enregistrement : robert langlois, studio 270, montréal
mix: michel f côté, chopping center
mastering : harris newman, grey market
image : Éric Aubertin
graphisme : Marie-Pierre Morin


Pink Saliva, ''Il paraît que''(download MP3, flac, etc)

Ellwood Epps (trompette, amplifier)
Alexandre St-Onge (basse electrique, laptop)
Michel F. Côté (batterie, feedback) 

enregistré par Mathieu Bélanger à L'envers, Montréal
4 novembre 2010, partie de 'Michel F Côté's 3-Night-Stand' 


and two from the Bug Incision label in Calgary, Alberta:

Land of Marigold 'Land of Marigold'

Josh Zubot (violin, low octave violin)
Ellwood Epps (trumpet)

recorded in Montreal 2008
mastered by Jesse Zubot

The Unrepeatable Quartet 'Calgary 2012'

Jack Wright: soprano & alto sax
Ellwood Epps: trumpet
Scott Munro: double bass, trombone, electronics
Chris Dadge: drumset, percussion

recorded live at the National Music Centre 
November 15 2012


Mail order them, download them, or if you're very kind, purchase them directly from me at a show.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Land of Marigold Album Launch: Saturday June 8!

We are launching our first recording!

It's a self-titled CDR from Calgary's amazing Bug Incision label and we are VERY happy about the music and how well it was recorded.

Land of Marigold is Josh Zubot playing violin, and Ellwood Epps playing trumpet. We have been playing as a duet for about 5 years, and you might have heard us playing together with the Ratchet Orchestra, William Parker, Myra Melford, Marshall Allen, John Butcher, Mecha Fixes Clocks, and Matana Roberts' Coin Coin.

We're celebrating with 2 live sets on the 8th of June at the beautiful new dance studio La Poêle, where you may have had the chance to hear Josh along with Tristan Honsinger and Nicolas Caloia back in April.

We really hope to see you at this very special celebration of creative music!

On lance notre premier enregistrement!

C'est un CDR sur l’étiquette de Calgary 'Bug Incision', intitulé 'Land of Marigold'. On est TRÈS heureux de cette musique.

Land of Marigold est composé de Josh Zubot au violon et d’Ellwood Epps à la trompette. On a joué en duo pendant 5 années et également avec le Ratchet Orchestra, William Parker, Myra Melford, Marshall Allen, John Butcher, Mecha Fixes Clocks et Matana Roberts.

On jouera deux sets live le 8 juin à La Poêle, nouveau studio de danse où peut-être vous avez dejà entendu mssr. Z. en avril avec Tristan Honsinger et Nicolas Caloia.

On espère que vous serez là pour célébrer cette soirée et ce disque avec nous!

Saturday June 8 in Montreal!
La Pôele
Entrance is at 5334 De Gaspé (small door).
Take the elevator and go to studio #307.
Doors open at 830, music starts at 9.
$10 included 2 sets of live music + the CD!
($7 show only)

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Live performance on CHOQ.fm this Thursday morning!

I will be one of several guests this Thursday (May 30) at 11 am on www.choq.fm! We will be playing and talking about upcoming performances, including the Ratchet Orchestra's performance of Malcolm Goldstein's music on June 12 as part of the Suoni Per Il Popolo Festival here in Montreal. The show is about an hour long and the music will likely be in the second half. The program is called ''Spontanées'' and can be heard each Thursday morning. I'm grateful for the chance to play and talk about the music!

If you can't listen live, the show will be archived here: http://www.choq.fm/spontanees.html.

Isaiah Ceccarelli, percussion
Olivier Prud'homme-Richard, guitar
Ellwood Epps, trompette
Philippe Lauzier, clarinette, saxophone

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Podcast, Summer Performances, Recordings, New Website

I'm glad to be getting back to more playing (never enough!) after moving house and being sick for a while.
I haven't done a solo performance in a while, and I'm in better shape on the horn than ever before, so now is the time. I'll be happy to share the bill with Daniel Heikalo, who is making a return of sorts to the Montreal scene. I will also be playing a first-time duet with saxophonist Yves Charuest, who is on fire these days! I hope the flames spread quickly! I will also be doing a big night on June 30, during (but not officially part of) that uh, downtown music festival, you know the one? I'll be playing the music of Ornette Coleman with an acoustic quartet, and Pink Saliva will be playing with our friend Sam Shalabi, who will be visiting from his home in Cairo. And I'll be at the Suoni per il Popolo festival with Nicolas Caloia's Juno-nominated Ratchet Orchestra, peforming the music of Malcolm Goldstein.

There's lots more to come. I should be announcing the release of 4 recordings this summer, by Land of Marigold (Josh Zubot and me), a quartet with JackWright/Chris Dadge/Scott Munro, Mecha Fixes Clocks, and Pink Saliva.

I will be launching a proper website where you will be able to enjoy some video and audio recordings, and where I'll hopefully entice you to buy some of my recordings.

I was a guest along with guitarist Alex Pelchat on CHOQ FM's new Thursday morning program 'Les Sontanées'. We did some talking, and you can hear a 10-minute improvised duet around 25:20 of the podcast which you'll find here: http://www.choq.fm/spontanees.html.

And hopefully I'll be playing a looooot more, because that's where it all comes to life for me!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Original VanHornes (May 4) +EF'T (May 5)

I'll be playing a set with a band I'm calling Original VanHornes on Saturday May 4th at the Plant. This is 185 Van Horne, the original home of L'envers. It's 2-year birthday celebration of the Plant, and also a fundraiser for them. Well worth it! The band is myself and Philippe Battikha on trumpets (2 of the founders of L'envers) with Thierry Amar on bass. We hit at 9pm sharp. There is plenty more going on that night including a bbq on the tracks! https://www.facebook.com/events/551914348163747/?ref=ts&fref=ts for more information.

I'll be playing trio with Scott Thomson (trombone) and Lori Freedman (clarinets) on Sunday May 5. Happy to be sharing a bill with a quartet led by fellow trumpeter Paul Serralheiro.

More information at www.lenvers185.blogspot.com.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

a performance coming soon...

Karoline Leblanc (piano)
Paulo J. Ferreira Lopes (batterie)
Ivan Bamford (batterie)
Ellwood Epps (trompette)
Géraldine Eguiluz (voix)
Stéphane Diamantakiou (contrebasse)

dimanche le 14 avril, 21h
La Brique, 6545 DuRocher #402

Monday, January 7, 2013

Radio, Concerts, Land of Marigold Tour...

Moving the music across the city, the airwaves, the 0's and 1's, and the country...

Sunday January 13th, 10pm:
My trio (with Aaron Lumley bass, and Ivan Bamford drums) performs with pianist/host Guillaume Martineau live on Montreal's CIBL radio, as part of the program 'La Schubertiade de temps modernes'. Tune in at 101.5 FM or at http://www.cibl1015.com.

Friday January 18th, 9pm:
The trio performs at L'envers' first show of the year, with Ninja Simone.
La Brique, 6545 Durocher #402, $8 suggeré.   facebook event

Saturday January 19th, 9pm:
Land of Marigold (Josh Zubot violin, EE trumpet) opens for Nicolas Caloia's Tilting, one of the best jazz bands working today if you ask me.
La Plante, 185 Van Horne, $8. facebook event

Tuesday January 22nd, 630-930pm
Calgary workshop with Land of Marigold
All welcome, bring your instruments!
Hot Wax Records basement (114 10th Street NW), free admission http://bugincision.com/events.html

Wednesday January 23rd, 8pm
Edmonton concert with Land of Marigold
More info soon...

Thursday January 24th, 830pm
Calgary concert with Land of Marigold + Eric Hamelin (drums) & Simon Fisk (bass)
National Music Centre: 134 11th Ave SE (formerly known as Cantos Music Foundation), $7

Friday January 25th, 930pm
Vancouver concert with Land of Marigold + guests
1067 East, 1115b East Hastings at Glen Drive...door around the side on Glen Drive

Saturday January 26th, 
Vancouver concert with Land of Marigold
Part of the Destroy Vancouver series at VIVO 1965 Main Street
Also on the bill: Chris Cogburn, Anju Singh, and Botfly & Holzkopf Duo