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The Cusp

by Cris Derksen

Canadian Aboriginal cellist using a loop station and multi-effect pad to create a multi-dimensional sphere of sound. This Album spans genres from electro/dance, to classical, to aboriginal influenced pieces.
Genre: Electronic: Virtual Orchestra
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1. 2 Hours Parking
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3:37 $0.99
3. What Did You Do Boy?
3:51 $0.99
4. Snakes and Ladders
6:11 $0.99
5. Pretty Blue
6:37 $0.99
6. Smile At Me
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7. We Danced Movement I
3:59 $0.99
8. We Danced Movement II
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9. War Cry Movement I
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10. War Cry Movement II
6:00 $0.99
11. Shift
4:51 $0.99
12. Party Re: Mix
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13. Hindsight 20/20
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Album Notes
Cello: cris derksen
Drums: John Raham
Drum Machine: cris derksen
Voice: cris derksen
Marta Jacubiek-McKeever
Tanya Tagaq
French Horn: Nick Anderson

Recorded at Ogre Studio in Vancouver CA
Produced by: John Raham and cris derksen
Mastered by ZEN Mastering
Photo's by: Jeff Petry

Cris Derksen is a young half-cree classically trained Canadian cellist whose captivating melodies and steadfast baselines have captured the attention of local and international audiences. She is a diverse musician, easily melding into hip-hop, rock, folk, country, or whatever type of music to bring an intense ball of musical passion to her work.

Using a loop station and effect pedals, she is able to create an inspiring multi-dimensional auditory experience that is uncharted for most classical players. Using sounds from her inherited past Cris mixes the traditional with the contemporary over and over again in both the cultural world as well as the music sphere.

Although Cris is an emerging artist, she has built up a strong resume performing at festivals such as Riddu Riddu in Norway, WOMEX (World Music Expo) in Sevilla, Spain, The Respect Festival and Colors of Ostrava in the Czech Republic. SXSW (South by Southwest), The Vancouver Folk Music Festival, Calgary Folk Festival, Dawson City Music Festival, Edmonton Folk Music Festival, Brandon Folk Music Festival, APCMA (Aboriginal People’s Choice Music Awards), CAMA’s (Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards) as a solo artist and with Inuit Throat Singer Tanya Tagaq. APTN (Aboriginal People’s Television Network) has recognized Cris as one of 2009 Rising Stars.

As a Composer Cris has Composed for Karen Jamieson Dance, The Tomorrow Collective and Aerial Firedance Troupe; Firebelly Productions. She has also performed with international Hip-Hop artist Kayne West at GM place in Vancouver.

As a session musician her diversity continues as she has built up a strong resume recording with Tanya Tagaq on her Album Auk, the Album earned 2 Juno Nominations for Best Aboriginal Album and Best Instrumental Album. Rae Spoon, The Switfy’s, Kinnie Starr, Lightening Dust (Member’s of Black Mountain), Ladyhawk, Bison, E.S.L, Girl Nobody, Fan Death, Leela Gilday, and Jason Burnstick as well as working with Native composer Russell Wallace.



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