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Cris Derksen | Indigenous Series in Concert

June 17, 7:30 pm

Juno nominated Cris Derksen is an internationally respected Indigenous cellist and composer. In a world where almost everything gets 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 composer, she was commissioned by renowned symphony orchestras across Canada, and a multitude of festivals and special events.

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.


Maclab Centre for the Performing Arts | 780.980.1866

4308 – 50 St
Leduc, Alberta T9E 6K8, Canada
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Cost: $5 – $50