Trading Places: Un Échange d’Improvisateurs Montréal-Vancouver


November 6-17

Trading Places: Un Échange d’Improvisateurs

Montréal trumpeter Ellwood Epps and guitarist Vicky Mettler are guest artists for a ten-day residency with Vancouver improvising musicians. Their various interfaces about town culminate with a performance at the Roundhouse Community Centre  for New Orchestra Workshop Society’s 40th Anniversary Celebration on November 16, 2017.

More info about Trading Places >>



Residency Performance 

November 16, 2017 @ Roundhouse Community Centre

TICKETS: $10-30

Ellwood Epps and Vicky Mettler (Montréal) present a concert of improvised music with Vancouver Master improvisers.

‘How lovely it is to be united with friends, new and old! I have asked Paul and Dylan to join me in this acoustic adventure of the body, mind and heart because I hear in them an inextinguishable spirit with great uplifting properties. It seems that we all could use some of this, to celebrate the potency of the present moment.’ Ellwood Epps
Set One:
Ellwood Epps – trumpet
Paul Plimley – piano
Dylan van der Schyff – drums


‘Acoustic and electronic meets for a set of noisey improv.’ Vicky Mettler

Set Two:
Vicky Mettler – electric guitar
Torsten Müller – bass
Ross Birdwise – voice/electronics
Kivanç Tatar – trumpet/electronics




Trading Places Marathon

November 12, 7pm @ Western Front

Tickets @ Door – Suggested Donation $10


Epps and Mettler are joined by a large cast of Vancouver improvisers to play on affinities between musique actuelle and west coast improvisation. Presented with Suoni Per Il Popolo, Coastal Jazz, Music on Main, and NOW Society.


~ 7:30 ~ NOW Workshop Group
Brent Cross (guitar), Kenneth Schroeder (bass), Asuman Gencol (voice), Dan Potter (guitar), John Gross (tenor sax)

~ 8 ~
Sina Ettehad (kamancheh), Aram Bajakian (guitar), Marina Hasselberg (cello)

~ 8:30 ~
Vicky Mettler (guitar), James Meger (bass), Mili Hong (drums), Nikki Carter(saxophone)

~ 9 ~
François Houle (clarinet/electronics), Johanna Hauser (clarinet), Ellwood Epps (trumpet), Jeff Younger (guitar)

~ 9:30 ~
Lan Tung (erhu/voice), Barbara Adler (spoken word), M Mike Brown(clarinets)

~10 ~
Mike WT Allen (saxophones), Natasha Zrno (clarinet), Skye Brooks (drums),Lisa Butel (voice/electronics)



Catch Vicky Mettler and Ellwood Epps play around town!

Nov 9      21:00       Merge, jouer >> improv

ft. Lisa Cay Miller (piano), Meredith Bates (violin) and more

Nov 10    20:00      Toast Collective, Sonic Psych

ft. Jordan Barnes Crouse (synth), Torsten Müller (bass), Josh Zubot (violin), Colin Cowan (bass)

Nov 12    19:00       Western Front, Marathon (more info below)

Nov 14    21:00       Gold Saucer, w/Sawdust Collector, Moving Sound

ft. Clyde Reed (bass), Viviane Houle (voice), Eden Solomon (dance),  Amna Elnour (visuals)

Nov 16    20:00       Roundhouse, Concert >> TICKETS

ft. Paul Plimley (piano), Dylan van der Schyff (drums), Torsten Müller (bass), Ross Birdwise (voice/electronics), Kivanç Tatar (trumpet/electronics)

Nov 17    20:00       w/ NOW Ensemble at the Roundhouse >> TICKETS

ft. Joshua Zubot (violin), James Meger (bass), Lisa Cay Miller (piano), Skye Brooks (drums)




Vicky Mettler is a guitarist based in Montreal. Her current projects include a song duo Brick with Raphaël Foisy-Couture and a noise/improv quartet Dusk Scored Dark, with Mark Molnar, Bennet Beduokian and Craig Pedersen, as well as her solo project for voice, guitar and electronics. Upcoming releases include a tape with improv quartet featuring Anna Webber (US), Evan Tighe and Erik Hove as well as a debut solo guitar album.

Born in Toronto in 1976, trumpeter Ellwood Epps arrived in Montreal in 2005. Since then he has performed with Josh Zubot, Nicolas Caloia, John Heward, Jean Derome, Marshall Allen, Henry Grimes, William Parker, Mat Maneri, Axel Dorner and John Butcher. In 2008 Epps cofounded the performance space l’Envers as well as the weekly cafe series Mardi Spaghetti; the following years saw an explosion of creative musical activity in Montreal. Epps is the director of the Festival of New Trumpet Music Canada and teaches a popular series of workshops through the Studio d’Improvisatin de Montreal.