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Nicole Rampersaud

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Born: December 17, 1981    Primary Instrument: Trumpet

Nicole Rampersaud

Trumpeter and Composer Nicole Rampersaud has become an in demand performer in Canada and abroad, known for her unique and versatile musicality in the jazz and improvised music scenes. Past and current collaborators read like a who's who of today's leading artists: Anthony Braxton, Bob Brookmeyer, 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’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....
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Awards:

Recipient of Grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council.
”Rampersaud's trumpet and cornet vocabulary was impressive and thoroughly engaging; multiphonics, rips, and flutters, on impulse, would turn inward into a propulsive breath line of expressive mutters, wheezes, and squeaks, that matched the tone and spirit of Kyle Brenders' pressing soprano and the embracing all-over sound curtains of his tenor. Brenders was the unobtrusive conductor in a set that was, finally, the product of the two players' respectful and fluent creativity.” - David Fujino, The Live Music Report

“Some of the individuals that made impact on my ears were Nicole Rampersaud with excruciatingly vivid trumpet playing...” - Tom Sekowski, The Live Music Report

“Ms. Rampersaud is one of the rising stars of the burgeoning Toronto scene, keep your eye on her, she’s got the chops and the ideas to make some serious noise.” - Taylor Ho Bynum, Cornet Player, Co-Curator for the Festival of New Trumpet Music

Primary Instrument:
Trumpet

Location:
Toronto, ON

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