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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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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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October 2014: NACO Tours the UK

I'm currently on the road with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, touring England and Scotland to commemorate the 100th anniversary of WWI. To date, we've performed in Edinburgh and Nottingham, and last night we performed a joint concert with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir which culminated in a boisterous rendition of Beethoven's 9th Symphony. Oh yes, and HRH Prince Charles was in attendance :)

My many MANY tour photos will come at a later date, but for now, here's a little clip from the 4th movement, the "Ode to Joy":

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Whn1urlpWvw] Off to Salisbury tomorrow, where we will perform in the renowned Cathedral.  That performance will be broadcast on CBC Radio 2 on November 9th and 11th, and on CBC Television sometime during the holiday season.  Stay tuned!

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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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Montreal Chamber Music Festival 2014

Directly after Ritornello Fest, I flew to Montreal to participate in a series of concerts with my friends and fellow laureates of the Canada Council for the Arts Musical Instrument Bank competition. The laureates took turns performing on the noon-hour series called "Bach's Lunch."  Kerry DuWors and I took the opportunity to play together, performing Bach's 2-part Inventions for violin and viola, solo Bach movements, and other violin duos by Leclair and Bartok.  You can read all about the noon hour concerts, reviewed by All Things Strings, here.

In addition the lunch-time concerts, we had the marvellous privilege to perform the orchestral parts to Martin Beaver's Four Seasons and to Mozart's 5 violin concerti, performed so generously by Cho-Liang Lin.

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Ritornello 2014

This past weekend, the 6th Annual Ritornello Chamber Music Festival took place in Saskatoon.  Ritornello Fest is the annual festival that my co-director Jacqueline Woods and I founded, which showcases exciting, Canadian musicians who are currently pursuing professional careers across the country and around the globe.  This year's Fest featured the Cecilia String Quartet, pianist Philip Chiu, and cellist Scott McKnight performing alongside the two directors.  Saturday's concert also featured a Saskatoon poet, Brendan Flaherty.  Here are a few photos of the festival, taken by Michael Morien.  To see all the high-res photos, check out our Flickr.com Slideshow. ritornello 2014-68

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