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Biography

Updated: May 25th, 2019

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Ladom Ensemble combines piano, cello, accordion, and percussion in a unique blend of acoustic chamber and world music that is passionate, sophisticated, and wild.

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Ladom Ensemble combines piano, cello, accordion, and percussion in a unique blend of acoustic chamber and world music that is passionate, sophisticated, and wild. Ladom’s musical identity is combined from many sources and their all-original repertoire reflects a beautiful new world with a Western classical toolset, from Persian repertoire, to Bach and Piazzolla, to Radiohead.

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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 (Radiohead).  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. “Elegant and contemplative… rocking and fiery!” - Errol Nazareth, CBC

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Ladom Ensemble combines piano, cello, accordion, and percussion in a unique blend of acoustic chamber and world music that is passionate, sophisticated, and wild. 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). Pouya, the in-house composer, writes original music for the group inspired by Persian and classical fusion but the Canadian spread of the group also reaches across the world and genres as 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 (Radiohead). Ladom doesn’t pretend to represent any one tradition, but rather expresses an authentically Canadian experience. Ladom’s musical identity is combined from many sources and reflects a beautiful new world with a Western classical toolset. They also commission original music by local, Canadian composers such as Elisha Denburg, Igor Correia, Maziar Heidari, Keyan Emami, Saman Shahi, and Afarin Mansouri.

Accordionist Michael Bridge who is working on his doctorate in accordion at University of Toronto, brings his whole heart and ballooning talent to the Ensemble, despite being extremely active performing around the world, from orchestras to solo recitals. He has been named one of CBC’s “30 Hot Classical Musicians Under 30” and does over 100 concerts per year. Sock-foot on stage, Adam Campbell (MMus) passes around a twinkle-in-the-eye during performances, and always brings the bottles... as part of his hand percussion toolkit! Cellist Beth Silver (MMus) starts spontaneous jams in between takes, with playful sounds that can only be called ‘fiddling around’. Pouya Hamidi (MMus) usually 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 active, professional musicians in various contexts.

To date, Ladom has toured and enthralled audiences across the provinces of Ontario, Quebec, Saskatchewan, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Labrador, and Prince Edward Island. They have completed four major tours in Canada alone: completed a 38-day tour of Ontario and Quebec with Jeunesses Musicales Canada (Fall of 2017), a 3 week tour with Debut Atlantic (Spring 2018), a 3 week tour with Prairie Debut (Winter 2019) and finally another 35-day tour with Jeunesses Musicales Canada (March-April 2019). They have also 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. Ladom has been selected to showcase at multiple arts conferences including CAPACOA, OSAC, Ontario Contact, and Arts Northwest.

The words of Ladom’s reviewers couldn’t be clearer. 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.” Grant agencies are in agreement with the press! Both Ontario Arts Council and Canada Council for the Arts have awarded Ladom Ensemble multiple grants. The latest ones were in support of their brand new full-length album called The Walls Are Made of Song, which was released released on January 16, 2019.

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Music

Two full-length albums:

Concert dates

Date Name Venue Location
2020-05-03 Sunday Interludes: Ladom Ensemble Mazzoleni Concert Hall Toronto, ON
2019-08-03 ICOT presents Rumi’s Fables International Ottawa Chamber Festival Ottawa, ON
2019-05-05 Brockville Concert Association presents Ladom Ensemble St. John’s United Church Brockville, ON
2019-04-16 Jeunesses Musicales Canada – Eastern Tour Centre des arts et de la culture de Dieppe | Salle la Caserne Dieppe, NB
2019-04-13 Jeunesses Musicales Canada – Eastern Tour Théatre L.E.R Dalhousie, NB
2019-04-10 Jeunesses Musicales Canada – Eastern Tour Auditorium du Centre communautaire Sainte-Anne Frédéricton, NB
2019-04-06 Jeunesses Musicales Canada – Eastern Tour Auditorium Polyvalente des Îles Iles-de-la-Madeleine, QC
2019-04-04 Jeunesses Musicales Canada – Eastern Tour École secondaire Népisiguit Bathurst, NB
2019-04-02 Jeunesses Musicales Canada – Eastern Tour Polyvalente Louis-Mailloux Caraquet, NB
2019-03-31 Jeunesses Musicales Canada – Eastern Tour Quai des arts Carleton-sur-Mer, Qc
2019-03-30 Jeunesses Musicales Canada – Eastern Tour Maison de la culture de Sainte-Anne-des-Monts Sainte-Anne-des-Monts, Qc
2019-03-27 Jeunesses Musicales Canada – Eastern Tour Salle des Spectacles de Gaspé Gaspé, QC
2019-03-24 Jeunesses Musicales Canada – Eastern Tour Foyer Gilles-Beaudoin à la salle J.-A. Thompson Trois-Rivières, QC, Canada
2019-03-22 Jeunesses Musicales Canada – Eastern Tour Amphithéâtre du pavillon Louis-A.-LeBel Edmundston, NB
2019-02-08 Prairie Debut Tour Majestic Theatre Biggar, SK
2019-02-07 Prairie Debut Tour Norman Ritchie Community Centre Kindersley, SK
2019-02-06 Prairie Debut Tour Centre Street United Church Shaunavon, SK
2019-02-05 Prairie Debut Tour Living Sky Casino, Sky Centre Swift Current, SK
2019-02-03 Prairie Debut Tour Trinity Lutheran Church Estevan, SK
2019-02-02 Prairie Debut Tour Prince of Wales Cultural Centre Assiniboia, SK
2019-02-01 Prairie Debut Tour Anne Portnuff Theatre, Yorkton Regional High School Yorkton, SK
2019-01-31 Prairie Debut Tour CJVR Performing Arts Centre Melfort, SK
2019-01-30 Prairie Debut Tour Community Hall Watrous, SK
2019-01-29 Prairie Debut Tour University of Lethbridge Lethbridge, AB
2019-01-26 Prairie Debut Tour ArtsPlace Canmore, AB
2019-01-22 Prairie Debut Tour Hope Pointe Church, A Church of the Nazarene Olds, AB
2019-01-20 Prairie Debut Tour Carlson’s on Macleod High River, AB
2019-01-16 Album Launch Lula Lounge Toronto, ON
2018-09-29 Rumi’s Fables Aga Khan Museum Toronto, ON
2018-08-11 Ladom Ensemble Toronto Pearson International Airport Toronto, ON
2018-08-08 Ladom Ensemble Private House Concert Toronto, ON
2018-05-24 Album Recording Fundraising Massey College Toronto, ON
2018-05-23 Sarnia Concert Association The Imperial Theatre Sarnia, ON
2018-03-17 Debut Atlantic Tour Immaculata Hall Antigonish, NS
2018-03-10 Debut Atlantic Tour Lilian Piercy Concert Hall Halifax, NS
2018-03-09 Debut Atlantic Tour The First Church of the Nazarene Moncton, NB
2018-03-01 Amica at Bayview Gardens – Private Concert Amica at Bayview Gardens Toronto, ON
2017-11-18 CAPACOA Conference Showcase Centrepointe Studio Theatre Ottawa (Ontario)
2017-10-25 Without Borders Tour Salle Joseph-Rouleau Montréal (Quebec)
2017-10-22 Without Borders Tour Théâtre du Rift Ville-Marie (Quebec)
2017-10-18 Without Borders Tour Théâtre de poche La Sarre (Quebec)
2017-10-17 Without Borders Tour Théâtre du Cuivre Rouyn-Noranda (Quebec)
2017-10-15 Without Borders Tour Salle multifonctionnelle – Conservatoire de musique de Val d’Or Val d’Or (Quebec)
2017-10-13 Prairie Debut Showcase Regina Performing Arts Centre Regina (SK)
2017-10-10 Without Borders Tour Théâtre des Eskers Amos (Quebec)
2017-10-05 Without Borders Tour Centre des arts de Baie-Comeau Baie-Comeau (Quebec)
2017-10-04 Without Borders Tour Café-théâtre Graffiti Port-Cartier (Quebec)
2017-10-01 Without Borders Tour Église St. James – Centre d’arts Des Récollets Trois-Rivières (Quebec)
2017-09-29 Without Borders Tour Saint Andrew’s Presbyterian Church Prescott (Ontario)
2017-09-28 Without Borders Tour Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre – Four Seasons Centre Toronto (Ontario)
2017-09-24 Without Borders Tour Centre culturel Mont-Jacob Jonquière (Quebec)
2017-03-26 Ladom Ensemble live at Garden of Light CF Sherway Garden Etobicoke, ON
2017-02-14 Ladom Ensemble Special Duo Concert Warrior’s Hall Toronto
2017-02-11 In support of The Dover Quartet and Avi Avital Koerner Hall Toronto
2016-10-01 Jeunesse Musicale Canada Tour Concert Orford Musique Orford, Qc
2016-09-11 Cafe Pamenar Concert Cafe Pamenar Toronto
2016-07-25 Ottawa International Chamber Festival La Nouvelle Scène Ottawa
2016-06-04 2016 East Coast Tour University of New Brunswick Saint John, NB
2016-06-03 2016 East Coast Tour Trinity United Church Summerside
2016-06-02 2016 East Coast Tour Lunenburg Academy for the Performing Arts Lunenburg, NS
2016-05-31 2016 East Coast Tour St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Parish Miramichi
2016-05-28 ICOT Presents Ladom Ensemble Toronto Centre for the Arts Toronto
2015-11-21 Ladom Ensemble Concert Small World Music Centre Toronto
2015-07-29 Ladom Ensemble Tour Cafe Resonance Trois-Rivières
2015-07-28 Ladom Ensemble Tour RICHARD PHILIBERT Trois-Rivières
2015-04-04 Ladom Ensemble Support Show Array Space Toronto
2014-11-30 IAUT Concert Hart House Toronto
2014-10-20 School Show and Workshop Port Credit Secondary School Mississauga
2014-09-18 Canadian Music Centre Special Guest Canadian Music Centre Toronto
2014-02-16 CD Release with special guest Brenna MacCrimmon Hugh’s Room Toronto
2013-10-29 Festival du Monde Arabe de Montreal L’Escalier Montreal
2012-03-31 Saint-Léon-le-Grand Festival L’eglise Sait-Leon-le-Grand Saint-Leon-le-Grand
2010-08-29 Ladom Ensemble Tour Moulin e paroles Mascouche
2010-07-20 Ladom Ensemble Tour Muse Quebecois De Culture Populaire Trois-Riviere
2010-07-19 Ladom Ensemble Tour Eglise Saint-Jean-Baptiste Montreal
2010-06-27 Ladom Ensemble Tour Hart House – Music Room Toronto

Press reviews

Tlina Kilk, The Wholenote Magazine (March, 2019)

“The much-anticipated second release of local instrumental group Ladom Ensemble features tight, infectious, energetic and virtuosic performances by each member. Pianist/composer/arranger Pouya Hamidi, accordionist Michael Bridge, cellist Beth Silver and percussionist Adam Campbell play both as soloists and ensemble musicians in the wide-ranging musical genres performed….Ladom Ensemble is an exciting, evolving group with musicality, technical acumen and an overwhelming sense of joy in playing.”

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David J. Nichols, Sarnia Concert Association (May 26th, 2018)

“Everyone said it was our best concert of the year. Each member of the group is so well spoken and the high level of musical talent is astonishing. I introduced them by saying that even Glenn Gould would be impressed by their rhythmic precision and dynamic artistry. This is a group that can communicate in so many styles with passion. I recommend them highly to all of you.”

Robert Rowat, CBC Music (January 18, 2017)

“The ensemble achieves that delicate balance between emulating the song and placing a unique stamp on it. Marie-Cristine Pelchat St-Jacques’s cello and Michael Bridge’s accordion take turns as convincing avatars of Thom Yorke, and the arpeggios referenced in the title and played on guitar in the original are beautifully rendered here by pianist Pouya Hamidi. Percussionist Adam Campbell brings the arrangement to an intense climax.”

Musical Toronto (January 12, 2017)

“Toronto’s Ladom Ensemble are 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. Even Radiohead.”

Big City Small World, CBC Radio (November 21st, 2015)

“Ladom’s music is elegant, contemplative, rocking, and fiery and judging by the follow up of the development in the city I’m not the only convert to their sound.”

Errol Nazareth – CBC – CD Review (Jan 18, 2014)

“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.”

Tiina Kiik, The Wholenote Magazine CD Review (Jan 29, 2014)

“Production values are high with the live quality captured adding an additional listening dimension…Ladom Ensemble is a great group performing great music in a new world music direction.”

Jane Harbury, renowned Canadian publicist, Letter of Support after CD release concert (March 6, 2014)

“The response was overwhelmingly positive and required the group to perform 2 encores. Even after those the audience remained on their feet and they would have loved more. The joy was universal and the standing ovation totally spontaneous.”

Technical Rider

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