Isaiah Ceccarelli

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

Isaiah Ceccarelli is a drummer and composer. He composes for musicians and ensembles such as Sarah Albu, Mira Benjamin, the Quatuor Bozzini, Katelyn Clark, the Grand groupe régional d’improvisation libérée, the London Contemporary Orchestra Soloists, the Suoni per il Popolo festival (Stretch Wood), and Ensemble SuperMusique. He has recorded albums for Ambiances Magnétiques (Montréal), Drip Audio (Vancouver), and Another Timbre (UK). As a drummer, he has performed and recorded in countless jazz and improvised music settings since the mid-1990s. In 2015, he was the artist in residence at the London studio of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec.

Events

Live pictures

  • Isaiah Ceccarelli / Concert [Photograph: Robin Pineda Gould, Montréal (Québec), April 21, 2021]
  • Corinne René, Katelyn Clark, Isaiah Ceccarelli, Pierre Cartier, Steve Reagele / Concert [Photograph: Céline Côté, Montréal (Québec), April 21, 2021]
  • Cléo Palacio-Quintin, Émilie Fortin, Jean Derome, Corinne René, Katelyn Clark, Isaiah Ceccarelli, Pierre Cartier, Steve Reagele / Concert [Photograph: Céline Côté, Montréal (Québec), April 21, 2021]
  • Chorale Joker (Cléo Palacio-Quintin, Jean Derome, Maya Kuroki, Gabriel Dharmoo (hidden), Michel F Côté, Joane Hétu (conductor), Géraldine Eguiluz, Vergil Sharkya’, Kathy Kennedy, Isaiah Ceccarelli, Danielle Palardy Roger) during the Le cabaret qui ruisselle concert, as part of the Montréal / Nouvelles Musiques 2021 festival. [Photograph: Céline Côté, Montréal (Québec), February 24, 2021]
  • House of Gold (Eugénie Jobin Tremblay, Frédérique Roy, Isaiah Ceccarelli, Katelyn Clark) during the concert Le cabaret qui ruisselle, as part of the Montréal / Nouvelles Musiques 2021 festival. [Photograph: Céline Côté, Montréal (Québec), February 24, 2021]
  • From left to right, in the back: Isaiah Ceccarelli, Vergil Sharkya’, Alexandre St-Onge, Preston Beebe. In front: Jean Derome, Scott Thomson, Julie Houle, Philippe Lauzier, Cléo Palacio-Quintin, Elizabeth Millar, Craig Pedersen [Photograph: Céline Côté, Montréal (Québec), November 22, 2018]
  • From left to right, in the back: Isaiah Ceccarelli, Vergil Sharkya’, Alexandre St-Onge, Preston Beebe. In front: Jean Derome, Scott Thomson, Julie Houle, Philippe Lauzier, Cléo Palacio-Quintin, Elizabeth Millar, Craig Pedersen [Photograph: Céline Côté, Montréal (Québec), November 22, 2018]
  • From left to right, in the back: Isaiah Ceccarelli, Vergil Sharkya’, Alexandre St-Onge, Preston Beebe. In front: Joane Hétu, Jean Derome, Scott Thomson, Julie Houle, Philippe Lauzier, Cléo Palacio-Quintin, Elizabeth Millar, Craig Pedersen, Émilie Girard-Charest [Photograph: Céline Côté, Montréal (Québec), November 22, 2018]
  • From left to right, in the back: Isaiah Ceccarelli, Vergil Sharkya’, Alexandre St-Onge, Preston Beebe. In front: Joane Hétu, Jean Derome, Scott Thomson, Julie Houle, Philippe Lauzier, Cléo Palacio-Quintin, Elizabeth Millar, Craig Pedersen [Photograph: Céline Côté, Montréal (Québec), November 22, 2018]
  • From left to right, in the back: Isaiah Ceccarelli, Vergil Sharkya’, Alexandre St-Onge, Preston Beebe. In front: Joane Hétu, Jean Derome, Scott Thomson, Julie Houle, Philippe Lauzier, Cléo Palacio-Quintin, Elizabeth Millar, Craig Pedersen [Photograph: Céline Côté, Montréal (Québec), November 22, 2018]
  • From left to right, in the back: Isaiah Ceccarelli, Vergil Sharkya’, Alexandre St-Onge, Preston Beebe. In front: Joane Hétu, Jean Derome, Scott Thomson, Julie Houle, Philippe Lauzier, Cléo Palacio-Quintin, Elizabeth Millar, Craig Pedersen [Photograph: Céline Côté, Montréal (Québec), November 22, 2018]
  • From left to right, in the back: Isaiah Ceccarelli, Vergil Sharkya’, Alexandre St-Onge, Preston Beebe. In front: Joane Hétu, Jean Derome, Scott Thomson, Julie Houle, Philippe Lauzier, Cléo Palacio-Quintin, Elizabeth Millar, Craig Pedersen [Photograph: Céline Côté, Montréal (Québec), November 22, 2018]

In the press

Concert Review

Isnor B Gordon, Left Hip Magazine, December 12, 2008

Fred Frith played in Montréal recently along with some very talented local free improv players. I was fortunate enough to catch the show…

Legendary avant-garde guitarist Fred Frith dropped by Montréal’s Cabaret Juste Pour Rire the other night for a duo show with drummer Danielle Palardy Roger, and an opening set by two incredible percussionists - Michel F Côté and Isaiah Ceccarelli.

Côté and Ceccarelli started things off with nothing but drums. Côté was behind a standard kit extended with lots of toys and two mics rigged up two a pair of Pignose amps. Ceccarelli just had a bass drum lying on a chair along with, again, lots of toys. The pieces were all very brief which was really nice, and despite the fact that drums alone might seem limited, each piece was very different from those that came before – sound loud and frenetic, others quiet, one actually managed to elicit quite a bit of laughter from the audience, which I’m hoping was a good thing. Côté used the mics as drum sticks to great effect - creating all kinds of unusual sounds of tension and release, friction, surprisingly dynamic feedback that almost made one think of the expressiveness of the Theremin, and there were moments of all out, distorted, banging-on-a-drum fun. The feedbacking drums were paired up really well with Ceccarelli’s bowed playing. A great set.

Fred Frith and Danielle Palardy Roger were up second and once they began playing, they did not stop until their set was finished — a really long and well laid-out musical journey with lots of highlights and unexpected twists and turns. Fred pulled out every trick in the prepared guitar book - from the old twanging drum stick between the strings to an array of effects and looping pedals and beyond. But with his mastery of music and his instrument it never felt like he was depending on the gimmicks, more using them to great effect to build up a complex, multilayered soundscape and every-evolving composition. He was well matched up with Danielle Palardy Roger, who also had all of the extended techniques and managed to make great music with them. They both seemed to be following their own paths the whole way not interacting too much like some free improv players do, creating a sort of back and forth conversation type of sound, but their individual paths meshed perfectly well together, so maybe they were both just following the music more than their own instrumental egos. Adding an extra oomph to the coolness of the show was when first Fred Frith let loose a barrage of percussive and wailing tribal vocals, followed a little later on by vocal sounds along similar lines from Danielle Palardy Roger. Took it to another level beyond the often staid confines of stylized free improv into something more about music in a broader and more sophisticated sense.

An awesome concert, and I think it was part of a recording project so it may see the light of day on CD in the not too distant future…

An awesome concert…