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Cris Derksen Trio


‘Gorgeous, playful, wow.’ THE VANCOUVER PROVINCE

In a world where almost everything — people, music, cultures — get labelled and slotted into simple categories, Cris Derksen represents a challenge. Originally from Northern Alberta she comes from a line of chiefs from North Tall Cree Reserve on her father’s side and a line of strong Mennonite homesteaders on her mother’s. She’s a classically trained cellist and composer whose music braids the traditional and contemporary. Derksen weaves her classical background and her Indigenous ancestry together with new school electronics to create genre-defying music. She is kind of in a category all her own.

This award-winning Canadian cellist is known for building layers of sound into captivating performances. The experience goes deeper with the inclusion of riveting performances by acclaimed Anishinaabe hoop dancer Nimkii Osawamick, and drummer Jesse Baird who ties the Cris Derksen Trio together with his signature pop culture beats and inventive improvisation. Together these artists create music that challenges, enlightens and is uniquely powerful.


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