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Ladom Ensemble Tours Classical Fusion in Western Canada

December 2018 |


Calgary, December 30, 2018

In January 2019, audiences across Alberta and Saskatchewan will experience Ladom Ensemble’s unusual and internationally-inspired fusion of chamber and world music in a concert series touring with Prairie Debut. The tour follows the release of the group’s new album The Walls are Made of Song.

Ladom Ensemble’s music is authentically Canadian, combining piano, cello, accordion, and percussion in works that are passionate, sophisticated, and wild. The all-original repertoire is inspired by Persian and classical fusion, Argentinean tango, Serbian folk and dance traditions, as well as music from the classical (Bach, Prokofiev) and progressive rock worlds (Radiohead).

“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,” says CBC’s Errol Nazareth of Ladom Ensemble’s first album.

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).

“We think our music is quite unique and we are looking forward to sharing it with audiences in places that we haven’t been to before. Touring is such a special experience. We love talking to people after the shows and also learning about the places that they live in.” says pianist and composer Pouya Hamidi.

In fall of 2017, Ladom Ensemble completed a 38-day tour of Ontario and Quebec with Jeunesses Musicales Canada, as well as a three-week tour with Debut Atlantic in spring 2018. This is the first Prairie Debut tour for Ladom Ensemble.

About Prairie Debut

For over 20 years, Prairie Debut has linked emerging Canadian classical and world music artists to communities in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and the Yukon. We have collaborated with provincial touring networks and presenters to bring musicians of the highest levels of artistic excellence to communities of all sizes. Through the creation of touring opportunities, Prairie Debut provides valuable career development for artists, while playing a significant role in community enrichment and audience development throughout Western Canada. Prairie Debut plans and develops tours of 30 to 40 concerts per year, along with school and community outreach programming that reaches thousands.

Prairie Debut would like to thank our government, foundation, corporate and provincial arts touring partners: Canada Council for the Arts, Alberta Foundation for the Arts, RBC Foundation, TD Bank Group, TELUS Manitoba Community Board, Johnston Group, Organization of Saskatchewan Arts Councils, Manitoba Arts Network, Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta, Rozsa Foundation, The Lloyd Carr-Harris Foundation, Calgary Foundation, SOCAN Foundation, Harry & Martha Cohen Foundation, Tilt & Tweak, MNP and Calm Air.

For more information about the tour, please visit or contact:

Po Yeh
Executive Director
Prairie Debut
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