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.”
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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.”
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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.”
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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Tiina Kiik, The Wholenote Magazine CD Review (Jan 29, 2014)
“There is a wide-ranging original sound to Ladom. Their tight chamber sensibilities are well-suited to the Piazzolla cover Fugata. The rousing Pyanić composition The Flying Balkan Dance is a short yet toe-tapping Balkan selection which features each member in a lead role and a satisfying mournful, slow, brief cello solo in the middle. Hamidi’s Goriz utilizes his Persian roots especially in the driving rhythmic sections. In contrast his Noor (meaning “light” in Farsi) is an exceptional track in that the performers seem to remove their more “classical” performance sensibilities to create a more spontaneous-sounding slower soundscape ending with Hamidi’s perfect, subtle piano tinkling. Here’s hoping the group will explore more of this aspect.
Production values are high with the live quality captured adding an additional listening dimension. Thanks, too, for not removing the clicks from register/switch changes on the accordion! Ladom Ensemble is a great group performing great music in a new world music direction.”
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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. From the self-titled debut CD, here is Ladom Ensemble.”
Ladom Ensemble – BBC Maks – Guest on TV show (Jan 2013)