Sun, Mar 19|
The Music Room
Pianist Tim Crofts has assembled a new ensemble to interpret graphic, and other non traditional scores: Nicole Rampersaud (trumpet), Norm Adams (cello), and Nicola Miller (saxophone), along with special guests Terri Hron (recorders, electronics) and Charlotte Hug (vocals, viola, & visual artist).
Time & Location
Mar 19, 2023, 7:30 p.m.
The Music Room, 6181 Lady Hammond Rd, Halifax, NS B3K 2R9, Canada
About the Event
Musicians can read scores. But scores aren’t just notes on 5 lines of music paper. They can be an infinite variety of suggestions to performers on what to play. Halifax pianist Tim Crofts has assembled a new ensemble to interpret graphic, video, sculptural and other scores with him: Nicole Rampersaud (trumpet), Norm Adams (cello), and Nicola Miller (saxophone). These four will be joined by special guests Terri Hron from Montreal (recorders, electronics) and Charlotte Hug (vocalist, violist & visual artist) who will be presenting their joint creation that celebrates time and tides!
Tickets are $25 or pay what you can at the doors.
Tim Crofts is a true 21st Century pianist. He performs a wide variety of music in concerts, clubs and recordings often with suddenlyLISTEN, Upstream, Symphony Nova Scotia, and with such creative music luminaries as Sam Shalabi, Gerry Hemingway, Evan Parker and Dave Douglas. In 2015 Tim released two recordings: his solo CD 8 Ball and Doorknob, and Literal Lateral with the Crofts/Adams/Pearse Trio and percussionist Gerry Hemingway. In 2017 he released Collateral with Adams and Shalabi and Arrhythmia, a collaboration with local spoken word artist hermitofthewoods. Tim has toured Canada 4 times, and is a faculty member at the Fountain School for the Performing Arts, at Dalhousie University
Nicola Miller is a jazz performer, composer, and music educator currently based in Chester Basin, NS. Her playing stretches from melodic and sweet to avant-garde free improvisation. She has performed with, Frank Gratkowski, Tarek Yamani, JOYFULTALK, Uri Caine, Doug Tielli, Glenn Patscha, Nick Halley and Nick D’Amato. Nicola recently completed a Masters Degree in Jazz Composition at the Jazz Institute in Berlin where she studied under Frank Gratkowski - a giant of the European improvised music community and a former student of Steve Lacy.
Terri Hron is a musician, a performer and a multimedia artist. Her work explores historical performance practice, field recording, invented ceramic instruments and videoscores. She often works in close collaboration with others and produces performances, gatherings and events. Terri studied musicology and art history at the University of Alberta, historical and contemporary performance at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam and electroacoustic composition at the Université de Montréal. Her research focuses on collaborative practice and scoring in multimedia performance art. She is Executive Director of the Canadian New Music Network, where she has developed programs focusing on pluralism and sustainability. Recent collaborators include Monty Adkins, Charlotte Hug, Paula Matthusen, Helen Pridmore and Jennifer Beattie (Out Loud), Katelyn Clark, Jennifer Thiessen and Myriam Boucher (Medusa Selfie). Latest commissions include Ensemble Paramirabó, GreyWing Ensemble, Dead of Night, Splinter Reeds and Ensemble Supermusique. www.terrihron.com
Swiss-born Charlotte Hug is an inter-media artist, composer, improviser and musician of the extreme. Her innovative solo performances in distinctive locations have created an international furore. With her inter-medial compositions, room-scores and Son-Icons (visual sounds) she created a new genre of multidisciplinary music and art. Hug has reinvented the viola. Her specialty as a vocalist is a blend of viola and vocals into hybrid sounds. Having completed her studies in fine arts and classical music she won divers awards such as “artist- residencies in London, Paris, Berlin, Johannesburg, Shanghai. She was “artiste étoile” (star artist) at the world-renown Lucerne Festival and nominated for the Classic:Next - Innovation Award. Hug is lecturer at the Lucerne University of Applied Science and Art and head of the international postgraduate studies Creation & Scenario in Music at the Zurich University of the Arts. Hug is fully active as a concert performer, soloist, improviser, composer and conductor of her own works at major festivals worldwide. www.charlottehug.com
Trumpet Player, Composer, and Improviser Nicole Rampersaud has a singular voice that intersects with a broad range of musical practices and traditions. Her intrepid listening and boundless curiosity have made her an internationally sought-after collaborator throughout several musical communities.
Nicole’s individualistic versatility has led to collaborations with many of the leading innovators in contemporary music: Anthony Braxton, Joe Morris, Ra-kalam Bob Moses, Sandro Perri, and many more. Her primary groups include Brass Knuckle Sandwich (with pianist Marilyn Lerner), a duo with guitarist Joel LeBlanc, and she is a founding member of the trio c_RL alongside Allison Cameron and Germaine Liu. She relentlessly seeks out and creates spaces to work with a diverse and expanding group of music-makers as a means of exploring and nurturing new connections between creative practices.
Since 2008, Nicole has been building a catalogue of solo compositions that deconstruct the trumpet’s sonic possibilities. In solo performances, Nicole improvises composites of her pieces in the moment, resulting in compelling structures that engage audiences in the creation of a connected experience. In 2021, she co-founded the improvisation-driven series, Understory, that uses technology to reimagine collaboration between improvising artists across Canada.
Norman Adams is the Artistic Director of suddenlyLISTEN Music, and is a cellist, organizer, teacher and creator. Norm is a former Principal Cellist of Symphony Nova Scotia (1991 - 2018), has been guest Principal Cellist of the National Arts Centre Orchestra, and has performed chamber, new and improvised music throughout Canada, the US, Europe and the UK, (including at La Biennale di Venezia 2018).
Norman’s passion is creating, performing and presenting new, improvised and electronic music. Through this work he has had opportunities to collaborate with many leading artists including Joëlle Léandre, Gerry Hemingway, Eddie Prévost, Lawrence Casserley, Pauline Oliveros, Sam Shalabi and Marilyn Crispell.
Norm currently performs and tours with Strata (with Brandon Auger), Chimera (with Francois Houle and Tim Crofts), Collateral (with Sam Shalabi and Tim Crofts) and Augmented Celli (with Nicola Baroni) ACE (with Derek Charke) and Stay Tuned (with Andrew Reed Miller). He is also frequently heard with pianist Barbara Pritchard, and fellow cellist India Gailey.