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Ancestors & Elders

Carissa Klopoushak to co-compose, co-arrange, perform, and record ballet score for Ancestors & Elders, a one-act production by the Ukrainian Shumka Dancers and a team of Indigenous artists.

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New Tyt i Tam video!

My Ukrainian party band, Tyt i Tam (pronounced Toot Ee Tahm), keeps a busy schedule in the month of January, playing Malanka (Ukrainian New Year) celebrations all around the country.  On the January 9th, we played in Toronto at a Pub Night before the main event on January 10th at Liberty Grand.  Both events were so much fun! We also managed to get some video of our set - here's one of our songs that will come out on our upcoming 2015 release, called Медове пиво - Щедрий Вечір (Honey Beer), a traditional Shchedrivka (New Year's Carol).  Enjoy!


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New Video - Hutsul Fantasy

I uploaded a small excerpt of the folk-inspired concert at Toronto Summer Music Festival, July 24, 2014, Heliconian Hall, Toronto. More to come later... Гуцульська Фантазія - Hutsul Fantasy (trad. Hutsul/Carpathian Ukrainian)

Carissa Klopoushak - violin Alexandru Sura - cimbalom JC Lizotte - cello



Toronto Summer Music Festival: Thursday, July 24, 2014

I'm very pleased to be performing as part of the Toronto Summer Music Festival's Shuffle Concert series next week.  The Shuffle series, inspired by the mix of music you'd typically find on an iPod, are informal, eclectic one-hour performances by Festival Artists, special guests, and next-generation emerging artists. I'll be joined by my friends Alexandru Sura (cimbalom) and JC Lizotte (cello), playing Eastern European Folk Music (mostly Ukrainian).  We'll finish the program with a new arrangement of Ravel's Tzigane.  Looking forward to seeing you there!

Carissa Klopoushak & Friends

Thursday, July 24, 5pm The charismatic Canadian violinist performs a folk-inspired program with cimbalom player Alexandru Sura and cellist JC Lizotte.

Heliconian Hall, 35 Hazelton Ave

Pay What You Can

TSMAF screenshot




June 2013 - Australian Adventures

ACOGroup-2014 This past June, I had the incredible opportunity to work with the much talked about Australian Chamber Orchestra.  (If you aren't familiar with their work, check out their site and their many videos - you'll thank me!)

By some stroke of cosmic intervention, my Ukrainian band was approached to perform at the 65th Anniversary celebrations of Ukrainian Immigration to Australia celebrations the weekend preceding my work with the ACO.  We were well hosted by the Aussie Ukes, and were fortunate enough to perform in the Sydney Town Hall, a truly marvellous venue:

976580_10151538621309480_1023836251_o After an incredible weekend, the rest of the band returned to Canada as I began rehearsing with the ACO2, a group comprised of members of the ACO as well as former and current participants of the ACO's Emerging Artists program.

We prepared a unique and well-compiled program of Rautavaara, Vivaldi, Stravinsky, Handel, and Bartok for a six-city National tour.  I was fortunate enough to see nearly all major Australian cities, drank (too much) coffee, and worked with some truly creative and inspired musicians.

I look forward to working with the ACO again for three months in 2014.

The ACO rehearses inside the tall buildings on the right.  What a view...




Myroslav Skoryk's Violin Concerto no. 6 - Live Performance

As discussed in my lecture-recital, here is the video of Andrij Bielov performing Skoryk's 6th concerto: 

М. Скорик. Концерт для скрипки з оркестром № 6 Скрипка - Андрій Бєлов Диригент - Мирослав Скорик Симфонічний оркестр Львівської філармонії. СОЛФ жовтень 2010

M. Skoryk. Concerto for Violin number 6 Soloist - Andrey Belov Conductor - Miroslav Skoryk Lviv Philharmonic Orchestra LPO October 2010

And  here is the video of the New Music Ensemble RICOCHET performing Sil'vestrov's Drama 1st Movement (Sonata for Violin and Piano):

Valentin Silvestrov

Drama for violin, cello and piano I. Sonata for violin and piano

New Music Ensemble Ricochet

Zoltan Almashi - cello Myhajlo Bilych - violin Dmytro Tavanets - piano

Sergiy Pilyutikov - artistic director