Ladom Ensemble – World Music
March 9-25, 2018
Pouya Hamidi – piano
Marie-Cristine P. St-Jacques – cello
Michael Bridge – accordion
Adam Campbell – hand percussion
Ladom Ensemble gathered at the University of Toronto’s music program as individuals from Prince Edward Island, Alberta, Quebec, and earlier still – Iran. The Canadian spread of the group reaches even further across the world as their all-original repertoire incorporates inspirations from Argentinian jazz/classical tango, Serbian folk dance, and Persian classical dulcimer, amongst others. Ladom doesn’t pretend to represent any one tradition, but rather expresses a more authentically Canadian fusion. Ladom has a musical identity combined from many sources and reflects a beautiful new world with a Western classical toolset.
Accordionist Michael Bridge brings his whole heart and ballooning talent to Ladom’s performances despite being extremely active performing around the world. Sock-foot on stage, Adam Campbell passes around a twinkle-in-the-eye during performances, and always brings the bottles… as part of his hand percussion toolkit! Cellist Marie-Christine’s crush on Toronto has not waned since she finished her studies, and she always delivers morning lattes for her hosts when she’s in town for concerts. Pouya always emerges from rehearsals declaring, “They’re such sweethearts!” In performance and composition, the pianist has a deep love for the music, and a profound humbleness that makes bragging impossible, although warranted. All are Master’s graduates or soon-to-be, alumni of the University of Toronto, and active musicians in various contexts.
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 and there is no denying of the passion of the four musicians investing in their playing.” Of Ladom’s CD release concert, Jane Harbury, renowned Canadian publicist, wrote, “The joy was universal and the standing ovation totally spontaneous.”