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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Announcing Ironwood Quartet

I'm very excited to announce the birth of a new project: 3 of my buddies from the NAC orchestra and I have banded together, picked out a name, and have made it "facebook official." Born out of the NAC Orchestra's WolfGANG Sessions, we're calling ourselves Ironwood.

Ironwood, Ottawa's new "take-no-prisoners" string quartet, plays for the first time under the new moniker on Sunday, December 13th, 5pm, at The Record Centre in Hintonburg.  Their set includes new music for string quartet by Philip Glass, Bryce Dessner (The National), and Ana Sokolovic. Expect a performance full of energy, driving rhythms, trance-inducing journeys - string playing like you have never heard before.

Ironwood is Jessica Linnebach and Carissa Klopoushak (violins), Julia MacLaine (cello), and David Marks (viola), a quartet of curious musicians who spend most (but not all) of their musical time playing with the NAC orchestra.

Here's a clip from our last WolfGANG Session show on November 21, 2015:

Short clip of Ironwood Quartet playing Philip Glass' Quartet no. 5, November 21, 2015 (part of NAC Orchestra WolfGANG Sessions 4; Mercury Lounge, Ottawa, Canada)

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Royal Wood at the NAC

 

 

Had the pleasure of playing some tunes with Royal Wood at the NAC yesterday.  He's coming back to play with the whole NACO band in May.  Thanks for the great shot, Apt613!

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