November 18, 2020
Cris Derksen, cello & electronics
Okanagan Campus | 12:00pm–1:00pm
A lunch concert not to be missed! Dora award winning and Juno nominated Cris Derksen is an internationally respected Indigenous cellist and composer. 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 NorthTall Cree Reserve on her father’s side and a line of strong Mennonite homesteaders on her mother’s. Derksen braids the traditional and contemporary, weaving her classical background and her Indigenous ancestry together with new school electronics to create genre-defying music.
As a performer Derksen performs nationally and internationally solo and with some of Canada’s finest, including Tanya Tagaq, Buffy Sainte Marie, Naomi Klein, and Leanne Simpson, to name a few. Recent destinations include Hong Kong, Australia, Mongolia, Sweden, and a whole lot of Canada, the place Derksen refers to as home.
Listen to the performance live on Vimeo HERE.
This event is part of an exhibition open now at UBC: Soundings: An Exhibition in Five Parts. A collaboration between the UBC School of Music,
Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery and Chan Centre for the Performing Arts. Find out more about the exhibition and plan your visit HERE.
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