Craig Pedersen

Craig Pedersen’s trumpet...suggests cinematic desolation and a creeping dread.

-Guy Oddy, The Arts Desk

Craig Pedersen is trumpet player, and experimenting musician living in Montréal. He plays in the collaborative duos Sound of the Mountain (with Elizabeth Millar) and Provisional Mailorder (with Anne-F Jacques). He is a member of Ensemble Supermusique and the Ratchet Orchestra. He also occasionally leads the Craig Pedersen Quartet, a band featuring Linsey Wellman (fetNAT), Bennett Bedoukian (Horseman, Pass By) and Thierry Amar (GY!BE).

Since 2011, Craig has released thirteen albums, or more, ranging between composed material to improvisation. An active and avid touring artist, he has played across Canada, in Japan, Taiwan, Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore, Australia and Mexico. Recent highlights of his work includes collaborations and/or performances with Toshimaru Nakamura, Tetuzi Akiyama, Shinkan Tamaki, Zhao Cong, Yong Yandsen, Gudinni Cortina, Manfred Werder, Pauline Oliveros, Jean Derome, Joane Hetu, Ian Birse and Laura Kavanaugh (Instant Places), Vicky Mettler, Bennett Bedoukian and Mark Molnar, as well as many others.

His current interests lay in collaboration, impractical mail-order cassettes, holding long notes and the notions of developing an improvisational language as a form of composition.

On Mystery & Wonder:
MW001, Sound of the Mountain, Amplified Clarinet and Trumpet (2017)
MW002, Craig Pedersen, solo trumpet (2016) (2017)
MW003, Craig Pedersen Quintet, Approaching The Absence of Doing (2017)
MW004, PCP trio, internal/external/focused/broad (2019)
MW008, Sound of the Mountain with Tetuzi Akiyama and Toshimaru Nakamura, amplified clarinet and trumpet, guitars, nimb (2019)

Read Full Reviews
2019-12 on the Sound Projector by Ed Pinsent – PCP Trio
2019-11 on The Whole Note by Ken Waxman – PCP Trio
2019-07 on Vital Weekly by Frans De Waard – PCP Trio
2018-04 on The Sound Projector by Ed Pinsent – Craig Pedersen Quintet
2017-09 on Avant Music News by Mike – Craig Pedersen Quintet

Photo by Karol Orzechowski

A taut work in which composition and improvisation engage almost violently at times, the music winning.

-Stuart Broomer, Point of Departure

An astringent tea for the ears

- Philip Coombs (Free Jazz Blog)

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