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David Dalle
Thursday July 27th, 2017 with David Dalle
A look at my top 3 picks from the Chamberfest: all adventurous late-night concerts including Syrian clarinettist Kinan Azmeh, the Swiss Piano Trio, Canadian cellist and composer Cris Derksen

Today we look at my 3 top picks from this year's Chamberfest: all adventurous late-night concerts including Syrian clarinettist Kinan Azmeh, the Swiss Piano Trio, Canadian cellist and composer Cris Derksen. The Swiss Piano Trio is performing a project conceived with video director Arthur Spirk, performing Rimsky-Korsakov's luxurious Scheherazade in a transcription for piano trio and clarinet. The music will be accompanied by Arthur Spirk's visuals exploring the Orientalism which inspired Rimsky-Korsakov. Canadian cellist and composer Cris Derksen is an astonishing, powerful, and unique voice in Canadian music. Embarrassed to say I have only recently encountered her music and I am so happy I did! She composes music at the intersection of her extensive cello training and classical education, and her First Nations heritage. She uses electronics to expand her cello with loops and effects, as well as samples. Music that is absolutely riveting, haunting, powerful. Lastly, we will hear the extraordinary Syrian clarinettist Kinan Azmeh, who has been touring a very intimate and personal project, "Home Within", this is a collaboration with Armenian-Syrian artist Kevork Mourad. From Damascus and Aleppo respectively, they met in their new home in New York, but both consider "Home" to be in Syria. This audio-visual work grew from a short piece Kinan wrote which he called "Sad Morning, Every Morning", reflecting waking up everyday to look at the news from Syria. It grew into a nearly hour-long work which they named "Home Within". It is an extraordinarily beautiful and haunting work, full of melancholy, nostalgia, sadness, and hope. Kevork accompanies Kinan's clarinet with visuals, some of them prepared, some of them he creates during the performance. Kinan adds some electronics to his live clarinet. All three of these concerts are exceptionally rare treats for Ottawa. Do not miss them! All taking place at La Nouvelle Scène Gilles Desjardins on King Edward Ave, starting at 10pm. on Sunday,Tuesday, next Thursday. Swiss Piano Trio: Cris Derksen Trio: Kinan Azmeh & Kevork Mourad:
Round Dance
Cris Derksen featuring Northern Voice - Orchestral Powwow - Tribal Spirit Canadian
East Winging It
Cris Derksen featuring Black Bear - Orchestral Powwow - Tribal Spirit Canadian
New Womans Song
Cris Derksen featuring Jennifer Kreisberg - Orchestral Powwow - Tribal Spirit Canadian
Ya fajr lamma ttoll
Waed Bouhassoun - La Voix de l'Amour - Institut du Monde Arabe
We don't have the time to hear Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade, and the Swiss Piano Trio have not recorded their transcription, but in its stead, we hear another example of Russian Orientalism from Rimsky-Korsakov's student Ippolitov-Ivanov.
Turkish Fragments Op. 62
Mikkhail Mikkhailovich Ippolitov-Ivanov/National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, Arthur Fagen - Orchestral Works - Naxos
Missing Mom
Cris Derksen featuring Sheldon Sundown - Orchestral Powwow - Tribal Spirit Canadian
Mussorgksy's House
Cris Derksen - The Collapse - Tribal Spirit Canadian
Home Within
Kinan Azmeh & Kevork Mourad - Live at the Kennedy Center - Kennedy Center
Note that if you are only attending these 3 concerts, your best option is to get a 3-day pass for only $59. Not a bad deal (and you can catch other shows on these days as well!). Or a 6-pack of tickets for 6 individual shows for $79. Easy to find 6 concerts to attend!
Rebirth & Party
Yom - The Empire of Love - Jazz Village
Interactive CKCU
PeterB (host)
THANKS for introducing us all to Cris Derksen David!! Totally new to me. And, turns out hard to find on the mighty internet too. Really interesting though. i do hope to be there to witness this with dancing and drumming on this coming Tuesday. Compare and contrast w. Hatzis/Going Home Star, Tagaq, Tribe Called Red. All very political, in their different ways, and all wonderful listens! Also hope to put some more of her stuff on-air for This Island Earth this coming Sunday. Stay tuned....

2:56 PM, July 27th, 2017