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Press Release - Homeland Concert Friday March 18
 
 Charismatic Ukrainian-Canadian violinist Carissa Klopoushak performs a folk-inspired program with bassist Thibault Bertin-Maghit and cimbalom virtuoso Alexandru Sura.
February 24, 2016, 12:00 am

Homeland Concert Friday March 18


Charismatic Ukrainian-Canadian violinist Carissa Klopoushak performs a folk-inspired program with bassist Thibault Bertin-Maghit and cimbalom virtuoso Alexandru Sura.
Carissa Klopoushak has made a name for herself as a curious, creative, and versatile violinist. She recently moved to Ottawa, where she is a proud member of the National Arts Centre Orchestra. A charismatic and engaging performer, her playing has been described as the complete package of sensitive musicianship and effortless technique. A proud Ukrainian-Canadian, Carissa plays and sings in a Ukrainian folk-rock band, Tyt i Tam,
who will be touring Ukraine this summer. She grew up singing and playing Ukrainian folk music, and continues to do so whenever she can.
Joining Carissa on the March 18th concert
are Alexandru Sura and Thibault Bertin-
Maghit. Alexandru Sura is a cimbalom
virtuoso who divides his time between his
native Moldova and Montreal. For those
unfamiliar, a cimbalom (also tambal,
tsymbaly) is a many-stringed instrument
played with little hammers, ubiquitous in
music. Alexandru performs in many varied styles, from folk music, to classical, to improvised jazz and new music. Thibault Bertin-Maghit
The concept behind the programming for “Homeland” came when Carissa was approached to put together a program for Toronto Summer Music Festival’s Shuffle series in 2014. She and Alexandru had not yet done any playing together, but Carissa had a strong feeling that a collaboration between the two would work well - and she was right! The trio looks forward to taking this collaboration a step further for the concert in Ottawa.
For March 18th, Carissa, Alexandru, and Thibault have put together a truly unique program that explores Eastern European folk music as it intersects with the classical tradition. You’ll hear some folk-inspired classical violin favourites, including Ravel’s Tzigane and Bartok’s Romanian Folk Dances - inspired by, reimagined, and rearranged in a folk tradition. You’ll also hear folk music from Ukraine and Romania - and you may hear instruments you’ve never heard of before!
Read more about Carissa’s various projects on www.carissaklopoushak.com.