Cris Derksen with cello and case standing in front a graffiti brick wall. Part of the High Performance Rodeo
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Cris Derksen Trio

Cris Derksen Trio

2016 Juno Nominee for Best Instrumental Album

Cris Derksen is an Aboriginal cellist/composer known for building layers of sound into captivating performances.  She criss-crosses genres, cultures, styles and attitudes with evident pleasure and apparent ease.  Her music braids the traditional and contemporary in multiple dimensions, weaving her traditional classical training and her Aboriginal ancestry with new school electronics, creating genre-defying music.  Her music is often described as "electronic cello" or "classical traditional fusion".  She will perform songs from her past albums, and new ones yet to be recorded and perhaps yet to be conceived.

Derksen's 2010 debut album The Cusp was nominated for a Western Canadian Music Award and won the 2011 Canadian Aboriginal Music Award for Instrumental Album of the Year.  Her musical mentor is Buffy St. Marie.

Derksen obtained a Bachelor of Music in Cellow Performance at the University of British Columbia and shared the title of Principal Cellist with the UBC Symphony Orchestra.  She comes from a line of chiefs from North Tall Cree reserve in northern Alberta on her father's side and strong Mennonite homesteaders on her mother's side. 

Albums available through iTunes here.


Anne Georg reviews Cris Derksen Trio in her blog.  To read the article, click here

High Performance Rodeo brings a flurry of live entertainment to the city.  Catch the January 12th CBC news report on Cris Derksen by clicking here.  

What they're saying:

"It's astounding how many sounds she coaxes out of her cello: bowing, plucking, & tapping the strings...tapping the bridge to create a catchy percussive element, & gently hitting the body of the instrument with her hand to make it thump like a heartbeat."
- Mary Dickie, musicworks