Trading Places: Un échange d’improvisateurs Montréal-Vancouver


October 25 – November 6

Trading Places : Un échange d’improvisateurs


Montréal saxophonist Yves Charuest and clarinetist/vocalist Elizabeth Lima are guest artists for a ten-day residency with Vancouver improvising musicians. Stay tuned for various interfaces about town and their culminating performance for Music on Main’s Modulus Festival.  Click for more info about Modulus Festival 2016 and to purchase Modulus Festival tickets.




November 6, 8pm

Trading Places ft. Yves Charuest, Elizabeth Lima (Montréal)

Advance TICKETS $15/10; Door $20/15



New works by Charuest and Lima play on affinities between musique actuelle and west coast improvisation in a concert with Vancouver musicians including Peggy Lee (cello), Stefan Smulovitz (electronics), Kenton Loewen (drums) and Ben Brown (percussion). Presented with Suoni Per Il Popolo, Coastal Jazz, Music on Main, and NOW Society. BUY TICKETS >>



Montreal-born saxophonist Yves Charuest has been active on the jazz and new music scene since the early 1980s, playing with many Canadian musicians such as Jean Beaudet, Pierre Cartier, Jean Derome, Lisle Ellis, Daniel Lessard, Michel Ratté and many more. Besides working as a freelance musician in various settings, he worked with different ensembles devoted to improvised music: I Like Jazz (1984-1986), Duo Charuest-Ratté (1984-1986), Evidence (1984-1986), Trio Michel Ratté (1988-1993), Wreck’s Progress (1992-1996). These groups played extensively in concert, appearing in many festivals in Canada (Montreal, Quebec, Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver, Victoriaville, etc.) and recorded for Radio-Canada and CBC among others. He also collaborated with Canadian electroacoustic composers Jean-François Denis, jef chippewa, and Jean Piché. From 1985 to 1990, Charuest was a member of the Peter Kowald Trio (with German bassist Peter Kowald and South African drummer Louis Moholo) with whom he toured extensively in Canada, USA and Europe (Germany, Austria, Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, Hungary and Finland). During a two year stay in Europe (1986-88) he also performed solo concerts (France, Germany, Netherlands) and had a duo with German saxophonist Mathias Schubert. For the past few years, Charuest has been participating in the work of different ensembles such as the Murray Street Band and Nicolas Caloia’s Ratchet Orchestra. He developed a long-term musical association with Caloia, setting up different groups such as duo Charuest-Caloia, Still (a trio with Peter Valsamis) and Stir (a quartet with Valsamis and spanish pianist Agustí Fernández), Four-sided Circle (a quartet with Lori Freedman and Josh Zubot), as well as some projects with foreign musicians such as William Parker, Marshall Allen, Nate Wooley, Mike Vlatkovich. Besides his participation in series centered around “ad hoc” improvisation encounters, Charuest works regularly with improvisors and composers such as Scott Thomson, Ellwood Epps, Philippe Lauzier, Sam Shalabi and John Heward. He collaborates with choreographer/dancer Susanna Hood (The Muted Note) and works in duo with dancer Alanna Kraaijeveld (Certain Crafts). In 2015, Charuest received the François-Marcaurelle Award from the Off Festival de jazz de Montréal. Charuest will be presenting his trio Still (with bassist Nicolas Caloia and drummer Peter Valsamis) with German pianist Georg Graewe in Montreal in October 2016 at the OFF Festival de jazz.


The centrepiece of Elizabeth Lima’s improvisational practice (voice and clarinet) is the emotional response to sound: the human experience and interconnection shared amongst musicians and with the audience. She creates performances in which traditional and extended techniques are combined with theatrical elements. She performs regularly in Montreal, Quebec City and Rimouski both as a soloist and within multiple ensembles: Framboos (Quebec-Montréal), which she cofounded in 2000, Le GGRIL (Rimouski), Sam Shalabi’s Land of Kush, who have released three recordings on Constellation Records and Joker Choir (Montreal) under the direction of Joane Hétu. She has performed with artists such as Joe Morris, Ingrid Laubrock and Caroline Kraabel amongst others. Elizabeth has also participated in premiering works by Xavier Charles, Scott Thompson, Isaiah Ceccarelli and Lisa Cay Miller. She appears actively in various series in Montreal (Mardi Spaghetti, MercrediMusics) festivals (Suoni Per Il Popolo, FIMAV, Rencontres de musiques spontanées, Phénoména, Festival OFF Québec) and with production companies such as Codes d’accès and Productions SuperMusique.