Experimental Trumpet Player Brings a Multitude of Radical Sounds to the Okanagan


Montréal based trumpeter Craig Pedersen will be making a rare appearance in Kelowna, BC at the Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art on August 22nd, 2014. This remarkable musician will shatter one’s expectations of what the trumpet is capable of, creating a tapestry of sounds and textures through a dazzling array of extended techniques. Craig will also be joined by local avant-garde saxophonist Darren Williams. Doors are at 7:30pm with the performance beginning at 8:00pm sharp. Admission is $7 and $5 for Alternator Gallery members.

“…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. Redefining the sonic possibilities of the trumpet, Craig specializes in the realms of freely improvised music and jazz, as well the idioms of commercial, classical and klezmer music. He actively leads The Craig Pedersen Quartet and the duo It’s A Free Country with bassist Joel Kerr. Craig will be performing a solo set followed by a duo set with saxophonist Darren Williams.

To hear examples of Craig Pedersen’s work please visit: http://craigpedersenquartet.bandcamp.com/

For more information about Craig Pedersen: http://www.craigpedersen.com/

Kelowna based Darren Williams is a saxophonist and bassoonist devoted to improvisation, contemporary composition, and extended instrumental techniques. Darren will be giving a solo performance of improvised material mixed with some selections from his debut solo CD Reed, as well as a duo set with Craig Pedersen.

For more about Darren Williams: http://www.airandbone.com/

For more information:
The Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art – 421 Cawston Ave, Unit 103 Kelowna, BC
(250) 868-2298

Darren Williams
Mobile: 778-239-7670 Email: saxothingee@hotmail.com
Web: http://www.airandbone.com

Craig Pedersen is trumpet playing performer/composer and educator based out of Montréal. As an active freelance musician specializing in jazz and freely improvised music, Craig also performs commercial, classical, and klezmer music. He actively leads his own bands, The Craig Pedersen Quartet and the duo It’s A Free Country (with bassist Joel Kerr), as well as co-directs the Musique a La Poêle series in Montréal. Pedersen also co-founded the Improvising Musicians of Ottawa/Outaouais Concert Series, IMOO. 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, in a variety of ensembles, ranging between composed material to improvisation, through jazz, free music, country, and klezmer. Recent highlights of his work include collaborations 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. He has also been a featured performer at L’Off Festival du Jazz and FONT Canada. Pedersen has recently written a method book of extended techniques for the trumpet, published by Berklee Press and Hal Leonard, to be released in November of 2014.


Darren Williams is a Kelowna based saxophonist and bassoonist who pushes the limits of improvisation and extended instrumental technique into regions that are lyrical, terrifying, uncanny, and “more fun than spiked punch live” (Georgia Straight). Called “a raw, vocal explorer” on the saxophone, (Stuart Broomer, Musicworks, Downbeat) Darren has performed with many renowned musicians including Eugene Chadbourne (USA), Chad van Gaalen (Calgary), Myk Freedman (NYC), Mats Gustafsson (Sweden), Ig Henneman and Han Bennink (Netherlands). He is involved in numerous ensembles and projects, notably co-leading and composing for the free jazz quintet Robots On Fire which performed at the 2013 Vancouver International Jazz Festival. Williams was awarded a Canada Council grant for a national tour completed in the summer of 2013 to promote his debut solo album Reed on Bug Incision Records.


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