Thrill Of It All
from c_RL's Friends
Nicole Rampersaud's trumpet playing can switch facilely from harmonically rich lyricism to playful aggression on a dime. Her improvising instincts make her an ideal partner (or foil) in any musical context. In addition to her astonishing solo work, Nicole co-leads the Shaw/Rampersaud Project with alto saxophonist Evan Shaw, the improvising trio c_RL with Allison Cameron and Germaine Liu, a duo with pianist Marilyn Lerner, and plays frequently with Brodie West's Eucalyptus.
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.
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