Jan. 23rd, 2016 - A belated Happy New Year to all of you! I spent most of 2015 in composing mode, meaning that I was relatively quiet with performances. I am excited to start off 2016 with a flurry of activity, and look forward to sharing some new music with you all later this year!

Upcoming Events

Jan. 2016

Duo with Diane Roblin
Jan. 17th - 7:30pm
Tranzac - PWYC
Featuring: NR (Trumpet); Diane Roblin (Piano)

Jan. 17th - 10pm
Burdock Music Hall - $15
Featuring: Brodie West (Saxophone, Compositions); NR (Trumpet); Alex Lukashevsky (Guitar); Ryan Driver (Piano); Mike Smith (Bass); Nick Fraser (Percussion); Blake Howard (Percussion); Evan Cartwright (Percussion)

Jan. 30th - 9pm
Artscape IMBOLC - Toronto Island
Featuring: Brodie West (Saxophone, Compositions); NR (Trumpet); Alex Lukashevsky (Guitar); Ryan Driver (Piano); Mike Smith (Bass); Nick Fraser (Percussion); Blake Howard (Percussion); Evan Cartwright (Percussion)

Sandro Perri
Jan. 31st - 8pm
Burdock Music Hall - $15
Featuring: Sandro Perri (Vocals, Guitar, Compositions); NR (Trumpet, Flugelhorn); Others, TBA

Feb. 2016

Feb. 7th - 2pm
Tranzac - PWYC
Featuring: NR (Trumpet); Allison Cameron (Amplified Objects); Germaine Liu (Percussion)

Somewhere There Festival - Solo Set & Solo Improv Roundtable
Feb. 27th - 2pm
Tranzac Main Hall - $10
Featuring: Performing a solo trumpet set and participating in a Roundtable discussing solo improvisation practices. Other performers include: Peter Lutek (woodwinds); Germaine Liu (Percussion); Paul Newman (Tenor, Soprano saxophones); Kyle Brenders (woodwinds); Ken Aldcroft (Guitar)

Somewhere There Festival - Interstellar Tentet
Feb. 27th - 7pm
Tranzac Main Hall - $10
Featuring: Nick Buligan (trumpet); Karen Ng (alto saxophone); Scott Peterson (bass); Nicole Rampersaud (trumpet); Tom Richards (trombone); Heather Segger (trombone); Mike Smith (synth); Joe Sorbara (drums); Jeremy Strachan (tenor saxophone)

Somewhere There Festival - Kyle Brenders Ensemble
Feb. 27th - 10pm
Tranzac - $10
Featuring: Kyle Brenders (woodwinds, compositions); Ben Grossman (hurdy gurdy, electronics); Germaine Liu (percussion); Peter Lutek (clarinet, electronics); Jean Martin (drums, electronics); Karen Ng (alto saxophone); Cheldon Paterson (turntables); Nicole Rampersaud (trumpet); Nick Storring (cello, electronics); Doug Van Nort (electronics)

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)
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Nicole Rampersaud | Biography

Trumpet Player and Composer, Nicole Rampersaud ( 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 in 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]

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] 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.

Thank you for visiting!