Our bimonthly concert series is held every other Sunday (usually the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month) at 7pm at Umi Café (610 Somerset Street W, Ottawa). Admission is always a suggested donation of $5 or pay what you can. For a full list of past and upcoming concerts, click here.
May 20, 2012: #52 – Craig Pedersen’s Grey Areas album launch
On May 20th, I am proud to release my solo trumpet disc, Grey Areas, in an extremely limited artist edition of 25 discs. The recording was my prime focus for the month of March, where each day I wrote, recorded and refined a new piece until I arrived at these compositions. The music of Grey Areas draws heavily on contemporary practice in trumpet playing and improvisation and explores the integration of non-binary intellectual discourse in every day life. They strive to get to the core of traditional song forms, while at the same time blowing them wide open to show how, like in life, the most interesting parts are the in-between areas, or the shades of grey, where more is alike than different.
Since recording, I have been designing and manufacturing the package. All the packaging has been painstakingly hand-crafted, from hand-folding the envelopes, to unique hand-painted watercolour covers, individually handwritten tracklistings and individually hand-written scores/notes for each piece on the album. Each package also comes with printed liner notes explaining the project. Once all 25 packages are gone, they will be gone for good.
I’m extremely excited for this project, and hope that you can make it out.
Check out this great video documenting the project, made by my good friend Pixie Cram.