Chetwynd (British Columbia, Canada), 1978
Composer • Performer (drum set, percussion)

A resolutely unique and engaging drummer, Isaiah Ceccarelli is active in both improvised music and composition in Montréal. His first album, lieux-dits, released on Ambiances Magnétiques in 2006, was received as “one of the most original approaches to come through our offices in recent times” (Marc Chénard, La Scena musicale) and “a writing style with rare personality in this musical context” (Thierry Lepin, Jazzman Magazine). Isaiah Ceccarelli is presently implicated in several creative projects with Montréal musicians: the trio Steppe (Alexandre Grogg and Clinton Ryder) and gambist Pierre-Yves Martel’s audacious ensemble, Quartetski does Prokofiev and Quartetski does Satie. Isaiah plays often with Jean Derome, Michel F Côté (their duo album Vulgarités was released in December 2008 on Ambiances Magnétiques), Philippe Lauzier, Lori Freedman et Joshua Zubot, but also with Acadian singer Marie-Jo Thério. He writes for his own ensemble Terre rouge terre noire, a group with two singers and a chamber ensemble of improvisers, and performs with Terre rouge pierres blanches: a sister project based in France with members of the ensemble Diabolus in Musica. Isaiah speaks French, English, Catalan and un pauc d’occitan.

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