Celeste Cantor-Stephens is a trumpet player. She also makes sounds with electroacoustics, guitar, cornet, shower hoses and other objects, and composes. Her work embraces the creative and exploratory, spanning a range of practices and traditions: from free improvisation to klezmer, via jazz, dub-reggae, classical and more. Celeste’s music is deeply connected to aspects of her other work. Please explore the other pages to find out more.
A selection of projects are below. More examples of electroacoustic composition, live scoring, and other forms of musical and interdisciplinary creation can be found on the multimedia page.
Carol Baker Memorial Garden
A loving, but unabashedly deviant tribute to the music of Chet Baker, with a nod to his long-suffering third wife, Carol. The sweet lyricism of Baker gets a dose of angular, avant stylings, decidedly more New York neurotic than West Coast cool.
With Celeste Cantor-Stephens on trumpet and Sam Day Harmet on guitar.
A Carol Baker Memorial Garden lockdown video series is online here.
With monthly album releases and a relentless commitment, TORU has created over 20 albums, and a couple of Anthologies. The trio have been joined by some of the most innovative, passionate, and forerunning improvising musicians, including Sarah Gail Brand, Noel Langley, Josephine Davies, Moss Freed, Francesca Ter Berg, Sam Day Harmet, Shirley Smart, Nathan Hanson, Harriet Riley and many more beautiful and outrageous creators…
The TORU Bandcamp series is available here.
TORU Anthology 1 is available from Chant Records here.
As a guest or session musician
As part of an extended ensemble, including composition ‘Okemah Sundown’, below.
Hear more of the Ensemble here.