Craig Pedersen is trumpet player, composer and educator based out of Montréal. An active freelance musician specializing in jazz and free music, he also performs commercial, classical and klezmer music. He actively leads his own band, the Craig Pedersen Quartet/Quintet, and plays in the collaborative noise duo Sound of the Mountain.
Since 2011, Craig has released thirteen albums, ranging between composed material to improvisation, through jazz, free music, country, and klezmer, in a variety of ensembles. Recent highlights of his work have included collaborations and/or performances with Joe Morris, Pauline Oliveros, Jean Derome, Joane Hetu, Lori Freedman, Nicolas Caloia, Ian Birse and Laura Kavanaugh (Instant Places), Elizabeth Millar (Sound of the Mountain), Norm Adams, Shayna Dulberger, Karen Ng, Vicky Mettler, Bennett Bedoukian and Mark Molnar, as well as recording on the soundtrack for Robert Lepage’s Needles and Opium, and performances at L’Off Festival du Jazz and FONT Canada. His method book exploring extended techniques for the trumpet, Trumpet Sound Effects, was published by Berklee Press and Hal Leonard in November of 2014.
*Photo by Karol Orzechowski
by Karol Orzechowski
” An astringent tea for the ears.” – Philip Coombs (Free Jazz Blog)
“It’s consistently playful, imaginative work that’s somehow true to both the emotional directness of country music and the oblique abstraction of current improvisation, just not at the same time.” – Stuart Broomer (The WholeNote)
“I hear in it something Robert Wyatt-ish” – François Couture (Monsieur Delire)
“…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 (Step Tempest)