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Biography

 

 

 

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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, and Prince Edward Island. Recently, they completed a 38-day tour of Ontario and Quebec with Jeunesses Musicales Canada (Fall 2017). They have been awarded 3 other major tours, with Debut Atlantic (Spring 2018), Prairie Debut (Winter 2019), and Jeunesses Musicales Canada (March 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. A postlude performance marked their debut at the prestigious Koerner Hall in Toronto. Ladom has been selected to showcase at festivals such as CAPACOA in Ottawa and at OSAC conferences. The group has been receiving wide acclaim for their imaginative arrangement and performance of Radiohead’s Weird Fishes/Arpeggi (video released to YouTube, January 2017).

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.” Of Ladom’s 2014 CD release concert, renowned Canadian publicist Jane Harbury wrote, “The joy was universal and the standing ovation totally spontaneous!” Grant agencies are in agreement with the press! Both Ontario Arts Council and Canada Council for the Arts have awarded Ladom Ensemble grants for their upcoming album and concert productions.

Members

Pouya Hamidi: co-founder, composer, and pianist
Beth Silver: cello
Michael Bridge: accordion
Adam Campbell: hand percussion

Video

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Music

Concert dates

Date Name Venue City
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

Tour dates

Name of Tour Location Dates More Info
Without Borders – Jeunesses Musicales du Canada Ontario and Quebec One month – September to October 2017 More about this Tour!
Debut Atlantic – Ladom Ensemble Eastern Canadian Provinces One month – March 2018 More about this Tour!
Prairie Debut – Ladom Ensemble Prairie Provinces 2018-2019 Tour Roster More about this Tour!
Without Borders – Without Borders – Jeunesses Musicales du Canada Eastern Canada One month – April 2019 More about this Tour!

Press reviews

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.”

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Contacts and booking

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