The Ladom Ensemble
~Classical/World

  January 26, 2019, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm  | Saturday

Program Fee: $32

Program Fee Member: $27.20

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“Elegant and contemplative… rocking and fiery!” – Errol Nazareth, CBC

Ladom Ensemble combines piano, cello, accordion, and percussion in a unique blend of acoustic chamber and world music that is passionate, sophisticated, and wild. Their all-original repertoire incorporates inspirations from Argentinean tango, Serbian folk and dance traditions, Persian classical repertoire, as well as music from the Classical (Bach, Prokofiev), and progressive rock worlds. Ladom doesn’t pretend to represent any one tradition, but rather expresses an authentically Canadian fusion. Ladom’s musical identity is combined from many sources and reflects a beautiful new world with a Western classical toolset. 

Drawing from Persian, Balkan, South American, and Turkish music, these four musicians effortlessly integrate musical genres and blend them into a contemporary classical framework. With a unique combination of instruments, they create a distinct yet accessible sound into a memorable performance for all ages. Original compositions represent the ensemble’s vast musical works of Middle Eastern persuasion, while their own arrangements of Brahms’ Hungarian Rhapsody, Piazzolla’s Libertango, and even Weird Fishes by Radiohead, gives familiar works a refreshed musical diversity to share.

The group met and formed in 2007 while studying music at the University of Toronto. Individual members hail from Alberta (Michael Bridge – accordion), Toronto (Beth Silver – cello), Prince Edward Island (Adam Campbell – percussion), and Ontario by way of Tehran, Iran (Pouya Hamidi – piano, composition).

To date, Ladom has toured and enthralled audiences across Canada. They have been presented by Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival. CBC, Radio-Canada, the Whole-Note magazine, and the BBC have featured Ladom in print and video media. CBC’s Errol Nazareth gave a glowing review of Ladom’s first, self-titled album: “I can honestly say that this is the first time I have heard such a fascinating mix and it really works well. The music can be very elegant and contemplative and it can also be rocking and fiery… there is no denying the passion of the four musicians investing in their playing.”

Of Ladom’s 2014 CD release concert, renowned Canadian publicist Jane Harbury wrote, “The joy was universal and the standing ovation totally spontaneous!” 

"Ladom Ensemble is a great group performing great music in a new world music direction." — Tiina Kiik, The Wholenote Magazine