À propos de Cris Derksen

Juno nominated Cris Derksen, originally from Northern Alberta, Canada, is an internationally respected Indigenous cellist and composer. Derksen braids the traditional and contemporary, weaving her classical background and her Indigenous ancestry together with new school electronics to create genre-defying music. 


As a composer she has her foot in many worlds working in choral, symphonic, film, theatre and dance, and is regularly commissioned by major Canadian orchestras and new music ensembles. As a performer Derksen performs nationally and internationally. Recent destinations include Hong Kong, Australia, Mongolia, Europe, Mexico and a whole lot of Canada: the place Derksen refers to as home. 


2021 commissions include pieces for the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Ottawa's Chamberfest, the City of Toronto, Edmonton New Music, the Edmonton Symphony with support from the National Arts Centre, Vancouver's Blueridge Chamber Festival, Vancouver Transform Cabaret, and a 4-part docuseries for the Knowledge Network.  A new album of Cris Derksen’s works will be released in 2022.

Nominée aux prix Juno, Cris Derksen, originaire du nord de l’Alberta, est une violoncelliste et compositrice autochtone reconnue internationalement. Derksen allie le traditionnel au contemporain, intégrant sa formation classique à ses origines autochtones avec des éléments électroniques de la nouvelle école, créant ainsi une musique qui défie les genres. 


En tant que compositrice, elle explore plusieurs univers, mélangeant choeur, orchestre symphonique, film, théâtre et danse dans ses nouvelles oeuvres qui sont régulièrement commandées par de grands orchestres et ensembles de musique nouvelle canadiens. En tant qu’interprète, Derksen s’est produit sur la scène nationale et internationale. Ses destinations récentes incluent Hong Kong, l’Australie, la Mongolie, l’Europe, le Mexique et le Canada: l’endroit que Derksen réfère comme son domicile. 


Derksen a été nominé aux Summer Solstice Indigenous Music Awards 2021 pour son travail à la Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto. Un nouvel album de ses oeuvres parraitra en 2022.

Cris Derksen

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"Derksen creates undeniably modern music that mixes folk, classical, dance, and aboriginal structures and tunes with electronic beats [...]."

MusicWorks, Mary Dickie, Spring 2015


"Cris Derksen’s built soundscapes could improve literally anything, and in Ikumagialiit the music takes on an outsize importance as it’s a key part of the performance’s communication so we appreciate Derksen extra for helping us pace our feelings."

Mooney on Theatre, S. Bear Bergman, December 2019


"[...] Derksen’s creation is more than just a new choral work. It is meant to be a physical as well as audible expression of people coming together to freely give and receive something that speaks directly to community."

— The Star, John Terauds, June 2019

"Derksen creates undeniably modern music that mixes folk, classical, dance, and aboriginal structures and tunes with electronic beats [...]."

MusicWorks, Mary Dickie, Printemps 2015


"Cris Derksen’s built soundscapes could improve literally anything, and in Ikumagialiit the music takes on an outsize importance as it’s a key part of the performance’s communication so we appreciate Derksen extra for helping us pace our feelings."

Mooney on Theatre, S. Bear Bergman, Décembre 2019


"[...] Derksen’s creation is more than just a new choral work. It is meant to be a physical as well as audible expression of people coming together to freely give and receive something that speaks directly to community."

— The Star, John Terauds, Juin 2019

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Titre

Catégorie

Date

Nice and Clean

Nice and Clean

Chamber Music

Musique de chambre

2021

Napi and the Rocks

Napi and the Rocks

Orchestra

Musique orchestrale

2020

Maada'ookii Songlines

Maada'ookii Songlines

Choral

Musique vocale

2019

Rebellion

Rebellion

Orchestra

Musique orchestrale

2019

5 Bucks Per Head

5 Bucks Per Head

Chamber Music

Musique de chambre

2018

White Mans Cattle

White Mans Cattle

Chamber Music

Musique de chambre

2018

Orchestral Powwow

Orchestral Powwow

Orchestra

Musique orchestrale

2015

The Triumph of the Euro-Christ

The Triumph of the Euro-Christ

Choral

Musique vocale

 
 

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Le Cris Derksen Quartet
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Concert solo de Cris Derksen
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Le Projet Orchestral Powwow
 

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