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Carissa Klopoushak

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Announcing Ironwood Quartet

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.

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.

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New Pathways Article

Carissa is featured in an article in the Ukrainian Weekly Newspaper “New Pathway” / “Новий Шлях,” written by Stephanie Turenko. Based on an interview after a NACO concert to Toronto, just before the first WolfGANG Sessions chamber concert, the article reads as a "day in the life."  

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Big News: I made a recording!

Well, friends, big news:

I'm so pleased and excited to announce that I've finished recording my first full-length album, partnering once more with my good friend Philip Chiu!

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The recording, which features music by Debussy, Janacek, and Canadian composers Vivier, Carrabré, and Willan, was finished over a three-day period in Montreal at Concordia University's Oscar Peterson Hall. The magnificent Jeremy Tusz (of Diapason Mobile) was at the helm, assisted by Paul Scriver.  The four of us are pictured above, just after the final session ended.  (Phew!)

I'll be posting updates as this project develops - I'm very excited to share this with you all!  Wishing you all a very restful and fulfilling holiday stretch.  May you eat great food surrounded by friends and family!

 

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Gallery 345 Concert

Gallery345 Picture (Kalimin) We had a great time performing at Toronto's Gallery 345 last Tuesday, December 9th. It's a wonderful space to play in - I hope to be back again soon!  Our concert was also featured as one of Musical Toronto's Critic's Picks.  I'm getting really excited for this recording!

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December 2014: Recitals! Recording!

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Grand announcement time!

I'm thrilled to let you all know that I'll be recording an album with Philip Chiu, performing sonatas by Leos Janacek, Claude Debussy, and Healey Willan, and shorter pieces by Pat Carrabré and Claude Vivier.

Aside from the obvious reasons for recording (it's so much fun!), I'm nearing the end of my tenure with the Canada Council Instrument Bank's 1869 Vuillaume violin and Vuillaume workshop bow - and there's no better way to celebrate than to record!  The pieces we're recording are things that the Phil and I have performed together a great many times, starting as early as the 2009 Eckhardt-Grammatté competition winner's tour (Carrabré's Chaconne was the commissioned piece that year), and more recently on our 2013 Debut Atlantic Tour.

We've just finished a couple of private house concerts in Montreal and Gatineau, QC, and are excited to bring the show to Toronto on Tuesday, December 9th, at Gallery 345.  Please come!  Bring friends!

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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


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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

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