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)