c_RL (Allison Cameron, Nicole Rampersaud, Germaine Liu)
“…intelligent, earthy, and playful.” – Jennie Punter, Musicworks Magazine #122, 2015. Allison Cameron is a professional composer, performer and improvising musician in Toronto. She has been commissioned in Europe and North America by many ensembles and festivals. Since 2000, she has been performing improvised music using electronic keyboards, ukulele, banjo, piano, mini amplifiers, radios, crackle boxes, cassette tapes, miscellaneous objects and toys. Allison has been celebrated in Musicworks Magazine, The Wire, I Care if You Listen and a variety of other publications. Her reputation for writing compelling compositions for contemporary music ensembles is international. Her piece 3rds, 4ths and 5ths from the CD A Gossamer Bit was featured in The Wire‘s best of 2015. Allison is also a prolific improviser/performer. In 2007 she formed the Allison Cameron Band to explore uncharted territory in her compositions by integrating a variety of musical forms into her work. The result has been a critically acclaimed CD on the Rat-Drifting label of several genre-defying pieces. In 2009 she co-founded a trio with trumpeter Nicole Rampersaud and drummer Germaine Liu called c_RL (pronounced curl) and released the CD Friends to critical acclaim. In 2015 she completed several new graphic and instructional scores that will soon be published together. These experimental scores have been performed by Ensemble Supermusique (Montreal), Contact, Suddenly Listen (Halifax), and by various ad hoc groups. Her website allisoncameron.com features her music and diverse creative projects.
Nicole Rampersaud is an exciting, original and versatile voice in Toronto’s new music and jazz scene; she is a leader in both the Toronto scene and a member of a wide variety of music groups across Canada. In addition to being a founding member of the improvising music trio, c_RL, Nicole has been performing and composing solo trumpet works since 2009 and has been garnering recognition as an exciting, new voice in this area. She has been the recipient of multiple grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Ontario Arts Council. Nicole maintains a busy performance schedule as a leader and side person with a broad range of projects.
Germaine Liu is a Toronto-based percussionist, performer and composer. Her compositional interests involve collaborations with people or the objects she plays and joyful explorations of everyday gestures and feelings. Recent collaborations include CeramiX with artist Chiho Tokita, creating compositions to Tokita’s ceramic works and Water Music with Joe Sorbara and Mark Zurawinski, exploring sounds of water. Liu has performed as a soloist and has been privileged to collaborate with many wonderful musicians, dancers and artists. Liu is a founding member of the ensemble c_RL with Allison Cameron and Nicole Rampersaud.