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.


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!

Carissa Klopoushak with Alexandru Sura & Thibault Bertin-Maghit
Friday, March 18, 2016, at 7:30 pm
MacKay United Church
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