“Toronto’s Ladom Ensemble is not your typical chamber group. In many ways, they represent a changing definition of chamber music which sees musicians increasingly looking away from a purely Eurocentric purview … They can play pretty much anything.”
The Ladom Ensemble creates a sound that represents one of the oldest cultures in the world, One can hear influences drawn from Italy, Greece, Balkan, Russia, Arabian Peninsula, and Asia. The elasticity of styles is the musical foundation of these four musicians and their vast experiences create a new sound and experience that appeals to all audiences.
The musicians met in Toronto and quickly realized that they shared a passion to create a sound that draws from their unique musical experiences. A sound that would incorporate inspirations from Argentinian jazz, classical tango, Serbian folk dance and Persian classical dulcimer, amongst others. Ladom was formed, not to define or represent one specific tradition, but rather to express what is a modern and authentic Canadian experience, a musical identity blossoming from many sources that reflect a beautiful new world.
Consisting of founding member Pouya Hamidi on piano, accordionist Michael Bridge, cellist Beth Silver, and Adam Campbell on percussion, Ladom’s recent and upcoming projects included a collaboration on four new compositions from the Iranian Canadian Composers of Toronto, a summer performance at the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, and an East Coast Tour. More tours are scheduled, as Ladom continues to spiral upward and outward into the Canadian music scene. From the stage, the concert transcends borders and the diverse qualities that each musician brings to the ensemble results in an unconventional experience for all.
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