Mark Feldman Interface (AIMToronto Production) Mar. 7th, 2014 - 8pm Upper Jazz Studio - UofT (90 Wellesley St. West) - $20/$15/$10 Featuring: Mark Feldman (Violin); NR (Trumpet); Doug Tielli (Trombone, Banjo); Ali Berkok (Piano); Mark Segger (Drums) More info
Audiopollination #16.1 Mar. 11th, 2014 - 8pm Arraymusic (150 Walnut Ave.) - $10 Featured performer, playing duos and trios with: Emilio Guim (Guitar); Chris Wallace (Percussion); Arnd Jurgensen (Guitar); Alvaro Giron (Guitar); Wade Whittaker (Guitar); Steve Lederman (percussion); Colin Fisher (Guitar) More info
FONT Music Canada - "Wires and Wind: Electro/Acoustic" Mar. 13th, 2014 - 8pm Café Resonance (5175a Avenue du Parc - Montréal) - $15/$12 Featuring: NR (Trumpet, Compositions); Evan Shaw (Alto/Baritone Saxophone, Compositions); Wes Neal (Acoustic Bass); Tomasz Krakowiak (Percussion); Jean Martin (Drums, Laptop); Joel LeBlanc (Electric Guitar) More info
Margaret Christakos Multitudes Afternoon Social Mar. 22nd, 2014 - 4pm Church of St. Stephen-in-the-Fields (103 Bellevue Ave) This late afternoon social celebrating Margaret Christakos's Multitudes features a special trumpet performance by Nicole Rampersaud, a hula hoop display, hand fans and more! Margaret is joined by guest readers Sarah Pinder (Cutting Room) and Jimmy McInnes (Begin Speech With, Ferno House). More info
Standards with Josh Cole and Co. Mar. 26th, 2014 - 10pm Tranzac - PWYC Featuring: Josh Cole (Bass); NR (Trumpet); Ryan Driver (Piano); Nick Fraser (Drums) More info
The end of one piece featured a stunning trumpet solo from Nicole Rampersaud, bringing a reaction of awe from the audience much like one might get from seeing Colin Stetson…
Michael Thomas (Greyowl Point)
Nicole Rampersaud | Biography
Trumpet Players and Composer, Nicole Rampersaud (www.nicolerampersaud.com) is frequently sought after for her original and versatile voice in the jazz and improvised music scenes, and is an in demand performer in cities across Canada and the United States. Past and current collaborators read like a who's who of today's leading artists: Anthony Braxton, Evan Parker, Rakalam Bob Moses, Django Bates, Marilyn Lerner, Joe Morris and Jean Martin, to name a few. She has also performed in some of the most prestigious venues in North America including: New York’s Lincoln Center, Berklee Performance Center in Boston, and Massey Hall in Toronto. Nicole has been the recipient of multiple grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Ontario Arts Council, most notably to record and release albums with the Shaw/Rampersaud Project (a group she co-leads with Alto Sax Player, Evan Shaw), and with the improvising trio, cRL. She has also worked actively to promote the improvised music community Toronto, sitting on the Board of Directors for the Association of Improvising Musicians, Toronto, and co-curating the long running Leftover Daylight Series.
Nicole’s Quintet was invited to perform a set of new compositions at the Festival of New Trumpet Music, where she was also a part of the New York premiere of Anthony Braxton’s Composition #103 for Seven Choreographed and Costumed Trumpets, with Mr. Braxton conducting. She has since performed the piece with Mr. Braxton at the Ars Nova Workshop in Philadelphia. Nicole also performed with Braxton as a member of the AIMToronto Orchestra at the Guelph Jazz Festival. The performance was documented and released on Spool Records.
Born and raised in Toronto, Nicole holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Toronto’s Jazz Performance Program. Upon graduating from the University, Nicole was offered a scholarship to continue her studies at the New England Conservatory, where she earned her Master’s Degree in Jazz Studies. While at the Conservatory, Nicole studied with Danilo Perez, John McNeil, Jerry Bergonzi, Joe Morris, Herb Pomeroy, Joe Maneri, and Bob Moses. She also studied composition with Michael Gandolfi and Ken Schaphorst. Today, Nicole continues to maintain an active performance schedule as both a sideperson and bandleader in a wide variety of groups across Canada. Upcoming projects and events include performing at the first edition of the Festival of New Trumpet Music Canada, as well as a vinyl release of solo trumpet compositions.
Nicole is currently based in Toronto, Canada. All show inquires can be directed to: nicole[at]nicolerampersaud.com
At this time, Nicole is not available for regular private lessons, though would be happy to teach one-off lessons as time permits (and just hang out and listen to records). You can also reach out to nicole[at]nicolerampersaud.com for any questions you may have.
For those who are curious, Nicole plays a Yamaha 6310ZS Bb Trumpet with a Bach 3C mouthpiece. (She is also not known for being a "gear-head", and will therefore not elaborate on anything trumpet gear related. She will, however, happily speak for hours about dahl recipes).
All currently released albums can be found on iTunes and CD Baby. Please check back soon for sound samples.