Cris Derksen (Canada)
Presented with Push International Performing Arts Festival
The music of cellist and composer Cris Derksen bears the mark of a true original.
Classical, Indigenous and urban elements combine: you may get the propulsive pounding of powwow music, the head-nodding rhythms of a hip hop track, the metronome thumps of a techno mix, or all three in the same song.
Her instruments are loop pedals, a drum machine and, of course, the cello: its melodies are plaintive but catchy, growing in number as the song progresses. These hooks repeat like echoes, part of a thick mixture yet distinct within it.
Hailing from North Tallcree chiefs on her father’s side and Mennonite homesteaders on her mother’s, Derksen mixes styles like a painter mixes colours.
Haunting, often mournful, yet somehow always celebratory, her music speaks to her mixed heritage and answers our multicultural needs. It’s as if Derksen has voices inside her, speaking from our nation’s past and the global present all at once. In addition to her solo work, Juno-nominated Cris Derksen composes for dance, theatre and film.
Past collaborators range from Kanye West to Naomi Klein.
Check out all three Club Push shows on a 3 Show Package Price. Call 604-521-5050 to book a package.
Club opens at 7pm. Performances at 8pm. Mix and mingle!
$5 (plus service charge) Youth Rush tickets will be available at the door prior to performances. Rush tickets are based on availability for youth aged 16 – 24.