The show began with a solo set from local trumpeter Nicole Rampersaud, who blew fitful runs of cascading melody augmented by vigorous muting action, alternately burnishing and dulling the trumpet’s sonority to wring as much tonal range as possible from the instrument.
— Mark Streeter, NOW Magazine

Nicole Rampersaud is a Canadian Trumpet Player, Composer, and Recording Artist, focused on creating music that cuts through genre, culture, and hyperbole to create resonate experiences that connect people from all walks of life. Through Improvisation and Experimentalism, Nicole creates a unique yet versatile sonic language that easily adapts to any musical situation, attesting to her relentless ambition to expand her range of musical practices and traditions. She is an established and resourceful side person, having worked with a diverse and ever-expanding group of musicians including: Anthony Braxton, Joe Morris, Rakalam Bob Moses, and Sandro Perri, to name a few.

Nicole has been performing and composing solo trumpet music since 2008, and continues to use this as a vehicle to deconstruct and abstract the trumpet’s traditional sonic possibilities. In solo performances, Nicole improvises composites of her pieces in the moment, resulting in compelling structures that engage, and challenge audiences in the creation of a connected experience.

Nicole is a founding member of the Canadian improvising trio, c_RL, featuring Percussionist and Composer, Germaine Liu and Composer and Improviser, Allison Cameron. She also works extensively with pianist Marilyn Lerner as the duo, Brass Knuckle Sandwich. As a Composer, Nicole’s works have been performed at the Vale of Glamorgan Festival in Wales, the Festival of New Trumpet Music in New York, and the Suddenly Listen series in Halifax. She has received multiple grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council.

In addition to her projects as a leader, Nicole is currently a member of Brodie West’s Eucalyptus, and performs with Joseph Shabason.

Photo Credit: Steve Louie


Nicole currently plays a Schilke Handcraft 2 Bb Trumpet and a Schilke 15 mouthpiece.