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Audiopollination #34.2

Sunday September 27th Audiopollination #34.2 Ft: Ellwood Epps and Yves Charuest @ array space @ 8pm $10

event art for audiopollination #34.2 by Jamie Thompson

event art for audiopollination #34.2 by Jamie Thompson

Audiopollination and Somewhere There in association with Array Space presents a night of improvisation featuring visiting artists Ellwood Epps and Yves Charuest

Set 1. Ellwood Epps (trumpet) / Karen Ng (sax/clarinet) / Paul Newman (sax) / Germaine Liu (percussion) / Rob Clutton (bass)

Set 2. Yves Charuest (sax) / Nicole Rampersuad (trumpet) / Joe Sorbara (percussion) / Ken Aldcroft (guitar)
Set 3. Ellwood Epps and Yves Charuest


Yves Charuest and Ellwood Epps represent an ongoing story of improvised music in Montréal. Ellwood arrived in Montréal in 2005 and promptly set to work becoming one of the city’s busiest creative musicians, concertpresenters, and teachers. Yves was heavily involved in the scene during the 80’s and 90’s, and was one of the few players to branch out onto the world stage. During the period of Epps’ arrival and leading up to about 2011, Charuest was on a long sabatical, and so when they met in Nicolas Caloia’s Ratchet Orchestra, they were both new to each other, despite both having paid their dues for many years on the Montreal and international scenes.

Finding a common ground in energy and spirit, and with a great respect for the history of creative music in America, Canada, and Montréal, Yves and Ellwood decided to explore the possibilities of working together as a duet. They gave performances at several of Montréal’s fertile loft venues over a couple years, while continuing their work together in the Ratchet Orchestra, Epss’ group Rosasharn’s Dream, and other formations.

As a duet, the chemistry is immediate enough that prearranged material didn’t seem to be necessary. Rather, the two musicians find material in the immediate surroundings (place, time, people, energy), and arrange, develop, and transform it as any composer works with their own musical materials. In the summer of 2014 they felt ready to document their work together, and responded eagerly to the offer of bassist Raphael Foisy-Couture’s offer to record and release their music on his new Small Scale Music label.

Yves’ and Ellwood’s differences (in age, mother tongue, so-called ‘generation’…) are easily overcome in their willingness to participate immediately in the musical moment, to rejoice in belonging to the continuum of a musical becoming.

Ellwood Epps: Ellwood Epps, improvising trumpeter. Performances with Steve Lacy, William Parker, Josh Zubot, Henry Grimes, Jean Derome, Joe McPhee, Butch Morris, Marshall Allen. 50+ recordings, performances across North America.

Work involves many aspects of musical world. Teacher, concert presenter, broadcaster, journalist, venue manager, poet, composer, activist-agitator for positive change for music, musicians.

Cofounded l’Envers 2008, through which has presented 500+ concerts. Same year cofounded Mardi Spaghetti series at Le Cagibi. Director, principal teacher Studio d’Improvisation de Montréal since 2009, presenting ongoing series of improvised music workshops. Artistic director Festival of New Trumpet Music Canada.

Music as evolution, transformation, breathing always, ah.

Yves Charuest: Canadian saxophonist Yves Charuest has worked on the jazz and new music scene in the 1980-90s with many canadian musicians such as Michel Ratté, Jean Beaudet, Guillaume Dostaler, Lisle Ellis and Jean Derome, in different groups and projects: I Like Jazz, Evidence, Duo Charuest-Ratté, Trio Michel Ratté, Wreck’s Progress, among others.
Charuest was also a member of the Peter Kowald Trio (1985-1990) with Louis Moholo and played with William Parker, John Betsch and Mathias Schubert.
More recently, Charuest has been involved on many projects: Duo Charuest-Caloia, Murray Street Band, Ratchet Orchestra, The Disguises, Charuest/Shalabi/Caloia and Four-sided Circle, with Nicolas Caloia, Lori Freedman, John Heward, William Parker, Sam Shalabi, Scott Thomson and Josh Zubot.


audiopollination #27.2


Somewhere There’s Audiopollination in association with Array Space proudly presents a night of improvisations featuring pianist Tim Crofts from Halifax.

$10 or PWYC

1) Tim Crofts (piano), Ted Phillips (cataRT), Nilan Perera (guitar)

2) Tim Crofts (piano)

3) Tim Crofts (piano), Nicole Rampersaud (trumpet), Pete Johnston (bass)

Improvisuals by John Creson and Adam Rosen

Audiopollination 27.2 is a co-presentation with AIM Toronto and Circuit.



Tim Crofts’ tour of Canada is supported by the Canadian Council for the Arts.

Tim Crofts is a true 21st Century pianist. Tim’s main focus is improvisation & new music. His musical style combines elements of 20th century classical music with free jazz improvisation and world music aesthetics. In performance, Tim explores the full sonic capabilities of the acoustic piano through extended techniques and a wide range of piano preparations. He is able to coax a variety of colour and extreme dynamic contrast through employing traditional and non-traditional techniques in tandem. Crofts also performs in electronic settings utilizing a variety of samplers, synthesizers and keyboards to create an even more extended palette of sounds and textures. All these stylistic elements are blended through free improvisation, and the pursuit of the sound of the moment.

In Halifax, Tim is active in both the performance and teaching of improvised music. He has been presented regularly by suddenlyLISTEN in concerts and on tour, with the Crofts/Adams/Pearse Trio. He has performed regularly with the Upstream Music Association and the Upstream Orchestra, including a 2013 performance at the 29th Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville, in Quebec. Tim has also performed with Symphony Nova Scotia at the CNMN Forum, and in other concert with such creative music luminaries as Jerry Granelli, Gerry Hemingway, Graham Collier, Evan Parker and Dave Douglas. In 2014 Tim released two recordings: his solo CD 8 Ball and Doorknob, and Literal Lateral with the Crofts/Adams/Pearse Trio and percussionist Gerry Hemingway.

Audiopollination #25.2 at Long Winter


Audiopollination Long winter night poster designed by Joe Strutt
Audiopollination Long winter night poster designed by Joe Strutt


1. Paul Dutton – vocals & mouth harp, Christine Duncan – vocals & theremin, Patrick O’Reilly – guitar & effects, Michael Lynn – bass, Ambrose Pottie – percussion

2. Michael Keith

3. The Interstellar Orchestra: (Jay Hay – Tenor & Baritone Saxophones, Jeremy Strachan – Tenor Saxophone, Karen Ng – Alto Saxophone, Nick Buligan – Trumpet, Nicole Rampersaud – Trumpet, Tom Richards – Trombone, Scott Peterson – Bass, Joe Sorbara – Drums)

Improvisuals by John Creson and Adam Rosen