Pontiac Enchanté Recital (with video)

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Pontiac Enchanté Recital (with video)

Enchanted indeed! 

It was such a pleasure to perform at Venturing Hills Farm Sunday afternoon as part of their Pontiac Enchanté concert series. Phil Chiu and I had another opportunity to reprise the repertoire of our recent SOUNDWORLDS disc, performing the entire album from start to finish. 

It's always a joy to perform in that wonderful space, and I'm very grateful to the Carson Becke, his family, and Festival Pontiac Enchanté for the opportunity.  They have a few concerts left in their 2017 season, so do check them out!  And as always, I'd like to thank Philip Chiu for his outstanding musicianship and collaborative spirit.  We really tried some new ideas during that performance!  This was my favourite part of Sunday's recital:


SOUNDWORLDS is available on iTunes
More information and other buying options here

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Summer Festival Time!

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Summer Festival Time!

Here's a look at what I'm up to musically this summer:


Music & Beyond, July 8

On Saturday, July 8, I'll be performing with Michelle Gott on a program she put together for Music & Beyond called "Meditations on Light."  I'll be performing Theseus by R. Murray Schafer (an amazing work for harp and string quartet) and a really interesting piece called Night Music for harp and violin by Sebastian Currier.  Michelle calls the program a cathartic exploration of our human relationship with the abyss of darkness and its healing counterpart of light.

The program includes music by Sebastian Currier, Jocelyn Morlock, R. Murray Schafer, and Marcel Grandjany.  Emily Westell (violin), David Marks (viola), and Rachel Mercer (cello) will make up the quartet. 


Capital Ukrainian Festival, July 21 & 22

The Capital Ukrainian Festival takes place the weekend of Friday, July 21 through Sunday, July 23rd.  My Ukrainian turbo-folk band, Tyt i Tam, will perform for the first time in Ottawa at the festival. We'll perform on the festival Main Stage (free admission) on Friday, July 21 at 10:00pm and on Saturday, July 22nd at 6:00pm.  We're also playing the Korchma afterparty from 12:30am-2am!  More info: www.capitalukrainianfestival.com and www.tytitam.com.


Chamber Pints with Carissa Klopoushak, July 28

Thrilled to be featured in Ottawa Chamberfest's new series, Chamber Pints.  Here's how they're billing it: "Immerse yourself in the spontaneity of music, with a loop-packed performance that wraps you up in song-building." I'll be playing Nico Muhly, folk tunes, and some improvisations at La Nouvelle Scène Gilles Desjardins's intimate bar-bistro. Kishi Bashii with the Rolston String Quartet follow at 10pm.  www.chamberfest.com/thebuzz 


The Seasons: Ottawa Chamberfest, August 1

Looking forward to being part of the Chamberfest Festival Orchestra! Marking 25 years since the beloved Argentinian composer’s death, Astor Piazzolla’s Four Seasons of Buenos Aires is brilliantly paired with its European inspiration, Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. Often staged and recorded only in fragments, Piazzolla’s epic tribute to his home country is performed with Vivaldi’s perennial classic, by Viennese virtuoso violinist Julian Rachlin and the festival chamber orchestra. Tuesday, August 1, Dominion-Chalmers United Church, 7:00pm. $49, www.chamberfest.com/concerts/2017-0801-04


The Gamut: Carissa Klopoushak & Edwin Huizinga, August 2

Restless wanderers and acclaimed violinists Carissa Klopoushak and Edwin Huizinga make the world their dreamscape. Tonight’s setlist is a melting pot of violin and fiddle music for every music lover, from early classical to Eastern European folk. Wednesday, August 2, La Nouvelle Scène Gilles Desjardins, 10:00-11:30pm. $30, www.chamberfest.com/concerts/2017-0802-04

This show is one of artsfile.ca's five fave's for chamberfest!


Arboretum Festival, August 19

The Forest String Ensemble, put together by Keiko Devaux and Carissa Klopoushak, will perform music by Nico Muhly, Ryuichi Sakamoto, and Devaux out in the sticks.
www.arboretumfestival.com/foreststring
 

Classical Unbound Festival, August 25, 26, & 27

The Ironwood Quartet performs in three concerts at the third-annual Classical Unbound Festival in Prince Edward County, Ontario.  Concerts are in the Grange Winery Wine-Tasting Barn, the Hillier Creek Estates Winery, and Mt Tabor Theatre - and include wine tastings & nibbles!  $49, www.classicalunbound.com.


Festival Pontiac Enchanté, September 10

Soundworlds: music of Janáček, Carrabré, Debussy, Vivier, and Willan.  Carissa Klopoushak and Philip Chiu released the album ‘SOUNDWORLDS’ in November 2016, and it was chosen as CBC Radio 2’s Concert Disk of the Week in January 2017.  This concert features the entire program from the album, which both celebrates the 150th anniversary of Canada, and commemorates the first world war. It features three Canadian works by Willan, Viver, and Carrabré, and three violin sonatas written during WWI in France (Debussy), the Czech Republic (Janáček) and Canada (Willan). Sunday, September 10th, 3:00pm, $25/$15, www.venturinghills.ca

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Sapling with the Saskatoon Symphony

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Sapling with the Saskatoon Symphony

I'm thrilled to have been invited to perform with the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra (my hometown, with many former colleagues!) in March.  I'll be performing a piece called Sapling by Emily Doolittle.  Here's what she has to say about the piece:
 

"Many of my pieces are inspired by sounds, imagery, or processes from the natural world. In the case of Sapling, the musical ideas came first, and it is only after I had written the piece that I realized that it followed an organic process of development that made me think of the growth of a tree. The first movement begins with a persistent repeated note motive in the solo violin, which pushes its way upwards through a series of loud, percussive orchestra chords, before spreading outwards into a mist of overlapping, branching figures. The second movement, too, grows out of a repeated note, this time gentle and flexible, swaying and bending like a sapling in the wind. The third movement explores the various colours of the orchestra, as the sapling buds and bursts into leaf and flower. Sapling was commissioned by the Canada Council for the Arts for Calvin Dyck and the Vancouver Island Symphony in 2014."


The program also includes a brand-new Ukrainian-language Oratorio called Golden Harvest by Larysa Kuzmenko and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 2 in C minor, Op. 17.  

Hope to see you there!

From the Saskatoon Symphony website:

Canadian Larysa Kuzmenko set out to write a new oratorio to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the Ukrainian immigration to Canada. The SSO is proud to be one of five orchestras performing this incredible new work that has a deep meaning to the cultural landscape of the prairies. The performance features Saskatoon’s own Kateryna Khartova in her orchestral debut.

Violinist Carissa Klopoushak grew up playing in the SSO, and we couldn’t be more proud to welcome her for her SSO solo debut.  A violinist known for her fearless playing of expressive new music, Carissa will perform a Canadian concerto work for violin and orchestra.

Ukrainian folk music played a central role in many of Tchaikovsky’s great works, none more poignantly than his second symphony.  The work shows his clear love for the people and his Ukrainian family roots.

SATURDAY, MARCH 25, 2017 (SASKATOON, SK)
"GOLDEN HARVEST" - CARISSA KLOPOUSHAK WITH THE SSO
TCU PLACE, SID BUCKWOLD THEATRE, 7:30PM
TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE

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Soundworlds is CBC In Concert's Disc of the Week

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Soundworlds is CBC In Concert's Disc of the Week

I'm thrilled to see that my disc Soundworlds has been chosen as this week's CBC Radio 2 In Concert Disc of the Week.  Host Paolo Pietropaolo had some lovely things to say in the broadcast on Sunday, January 15th:

"She's put together a really compelling and fascinating collection of works for violin and piano, and she should be commended for this.  It's a debut album, and it's an independant release - and it's not just another recording of Bach, or Beethoven, or Brahms - not that those aren't lovely - but there are lots of those, and there aren't that many recordings like this one.  Carissa has brought together three sonatas all composed during WWI: the Healey Willan..., the violin sonata by the French composer Claude Debussy, and the violin sonata by the Czech composer Leos Janacek... And she's also included two more recent works by Canadian composers, a piece by Claude Vivier, composed in 1975, and a Chaconne, written by T. Patrick Carrabré in 2009." 

This is an intelligent program - it’s thoughtful, it’s well thought-out, it’s well put-together - and it’s beautifully performed.
— Paolo Pietropaolo, CBC Radio In Concert broadcast (January 15, 2017)

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Debut Album SOUNDWORLDS out November 22

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Debut Album SOUNDWORLDS out November 22

SOUNDWORLDS
Music for violin & piano by
JANACEK  |  CARRABRE  |  DEBUSSY  |  VIVIER  |  WILLAN
Carissa Klopoushak, violin & Philip Chiu, piano

I am so proud and humbled to announce that I have released an album, SOUNDWORLDS, with my very good friend and long-time collaborative buddy Philip Chiu.  

I've had the great fortune of touring Canada with Phil, beginning in 2009 for the Eckhardt-Grammatté Competition.  SOUNDWORLDS features some of our favourite works from our many tours together, including three sonatas for violin and piano by Leoš Janáček, Claude Debussy, and Healey Willan.  Written within three years of one another, each sonata offers a unique perspective on the First World War.  Completing the album are two shorter works by Claude Vivier and T. Patrick Carrabré's Chaconne, the E-Gré competition commissioned work, of which I'm honoured to have made the world premiere recording.

I'll be hosting Launch Parties in many different cities, beginning with Montreal, Toronto, and Ottawa.  Come join me for a glass of something tasty and hear some highlights of the album!

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WolfGANG: Session 7

It's that time of year again!  The wolf pack of the NAC Orchestra is getting together to play some fantastic contemporary music.  Join us at the Mercury Lounge on November 19 to hear

Andrew Norman: Light Screens for flute, violin, viola and cello
Dai Fujikura: Poyopoyo for solo French horn
Timo Andres: Early to Rise for string quartet
Timo Andres: Safe Travels for sextet

performed by Paul Casey (Viola), Joanna G'froerer (Flute), Nicholas Hartman (Horn), Carissa Klopoushak (Violin), David Marks (Viola), Rachel Mercer (Cello), Sean Rice (Clarinet), Steven van Gulik (Trumpet), and Emily Westell (Violin).

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Ottawa show in 2 weeks - video

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Ottawa show in 2 weeks - video

Very excited to play with Sandu Sura and Thibault in 2 weeks.
If you're in Ottawa, come check it out!

Here's a bit of what we'll be doing:

HOMELAND
Carissa Klopoushak with Alexandru Sura & Thibault Bertin-Maghit
Friday, March 18, 2016, at 7:30 pm
MacKay United Church
Tickets: Adults $25, Seniors $20,  Students $15
Available at Books on Beechwood, The Leading Note, or at the Door

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"Homeland" Concert - Friday March 18, 2016

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"Homeland" Concert - Friday March 18, 2016

I'm excited to be playing a show in Ottawa next month - Friday, March 18th, at 7:30pm.

I'll be joined by Alexandru Sura and Thibault Bertin-Maghit.  Alexandru Sura is a cimbalom virtuoso who divides his time between his native Moldova and Montreal.  For those unfamiliar, a cimbalom (also tambal, tsymbaly) is a many-stringed instrument played with little hammers, ubiquitous in Eastern European folk music.  Alexandru performs in many varied styles, from folk music, to classical, to improvised jazz and new music.  Thibault Bertin-Maghit is a gifted double bassist who performs with the classical string band Collectif9.

Homeland

The concept behind the programming for “Homeland” came when I was approached to put together a program for Toronto Summer Music Festival’s Shuffle series in 2014.  Alexandru and I hadn't done any playing together yet, but thought it might work out well.  We had so much fun together, that we found a way to take the Toronto program a step further for the McKay concert series in Ottawa.

For March 18th, we've put together a truly unique program that explores Eastern European folk music as it intersects with the classical tradition. You’ll hear some folk-inspired classical violin favourites, including Ravel’s Tzigane and Bartok’s Romanian Folk Dances - inspired by, reimagined, and rearranged in a folk tradition.  You’ll also hear folk music from Ukraine and Romania - and you may hear instruments you’ve never heard of before!

Really looking forward to this - hope you can join us!

HOMELAND
Carissa Klopoushak with Alexandru Sura & Thibault Bertin-Maghit
Friday, March 18, 2016, at 7:30 pm
MacKay United Church
613-749-8727
39 Dufferin Road at MacKay Street
Tickets: Adults $25, Seniors $20,  Students $15
Available at Books on Beechwood, The Leading Note, or at the Door

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What are you doing New Year's Day?

One of my favourite Christmas Holiday traditions (and I have many, because not only do I love the whole season, but mine is extended extra-long thanks to being Ukrainian!) is playing a New Year's Day concert with Prairie Virtuosi.  If you're in Saskatoon, ring in 2016 in the best possible way - with live music!

January 1st, 2016, 2:30pm
Grace-Westminster Church

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Photos: Ironwood at The Record Centre

Thanks to everyone who made it to our Ironwood Quartet show at The Record Centre on Sunday!  The house was full, the acoustic was amazing, and the show was captured on reel-to-reel live off the floor.  I think I saw a video camera too!  Can't wait to share that result with you in the near future.

We performed Philip Glass's 5th quartet to start, and after catching our breath, we launched into that last movement of Ana Sokolovic's Commedia del'arte I - Il Capitano, a rhythmic piece with a real mechanical feel.  We finished the set with Bryce Dessner's Aheym.  (You might know him from The National.)

In retrospect, it was a pretty intense set!  It was a serious journey as a listening experience, and pretty demanding (read: arm-killer) for us up front.  So, we thought we should end off with the seasonally appropriate "Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming" by Praetorius.  I mean, we just had to.

John, Rob, and the rest of the staff of The Record Centre were incredible hosts, and we'll be sure to be back there with another program soon.  Everybody go visit the shop and support these music lovers!

Here are a few shots from the event:

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