Press Kit

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Biography

Gathering from across Ontario and Quebec, it has become a tradition to enjoy some extensive Persian hospitality (aka. feasts!) in between at-home, music room rehearsals of Ladom Ensemble. This is the same room where the group’s cofounder trained as a pianist for many years since arriving in Canada in 1998. Stews of herbs, eggplant, lime, and pomegranate, atop crisp-bottomed basmati rice, also began to fuel Ladom rehearsals and concerts once the group formed out of Pouya’s university years.

The group 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.

10694288_10152300576721534_5117982612022492019_oMost recently, accordionist Michael Bridge somehow manages to bring his whole heart and ballooning talent to Ladom shows despite being extremely active performing around the world, from orchestras to Oktoberfest. 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.

While Michael thinks he’s speaking Farsi when he’s speaking Serbian, and Adam’s Anglophone accent endears him to francophone audiences, 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 and there is no denying of the passion of the four musicians investing in their playing.” Of Ladom’s CD release show, Jane Harbury, renowned Canadian publicist, wrote, “The joy was universal and the standing ovation totally spontaneous.” Keywords: Joy, passion… and food! After one taste of Ladom Ensemble, you’ll join their new world of music.

Members

Pouya Hamidi: co-founder, composer, and pianist
Marie-Cristine P. St-Jacques: cello
Michael Bridge: accordion
Adam Campbell: hand percussion

Video

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Photos

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Music

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Tour dates

Name of TourLocationDatesMore Info
Without Borders - Jeunesses Musicales du CanadaOntario and QuebecOne month - September to October 2017More about this Tour!
Debut Atlantic - Ladom EnsembleEastern Canadian ProvincesOne month - March 2018More about this Tour!
Without Borders - Without Borders - Jeunesses Musicales du CanadaEastern CanadaOne month - April 2019More about this Tour!

Concert dates

NameVenueCityDate
Sarnia Concert AssociationThe Imperial TheatreSarnia, ON2018-05-23
Ladom Ensemble live at Garden of LightCF Sherway GardenEtobicoke, ON2017-03-26
Ladom Ensemble Special Duo ConcertWarrior's HallToronto2017-02-14
In support of The Dover Quartet and Avi AvitalKoerner HallToronto2017-02-11
Jeunesse Musicale Canada Tour ConcertOrford Musique Orford, Qc2016-10-01
Cafe Pamenar ConcertCafe PamenarToronto2016-09-11
Ottawa International Chamber Festival La Nouvelle ScèneOttawa2016-07-25
2016 East Coast TourUniversity of New BrunswickSaint John, NB2016-06-04
2016 East Coast TourTrinity United ChurchSummerside2016-06-03
2016 East Coast TourLunenburg Academy for the Performing ArtsLunenburg, NS2016-06-02
2016 East Coast TourSt. Mary's Roman Catholic ParishMiramichi2016-05-31
ICOT Presents Ladom EnsembleToronto Centre for the ArtsToronto2016-05-28
Ladom Ensemble ConcertSmall World Music CentreToronto2015-11-21
Ladom Ensemble TourCafe ResonanceTrois-Rivières2015-07-29
Ladom Ensemble TourRICHARD PHILIBERTTrois-Rivières2015-07-28
Ladom Ensemble Support ShowArray SpaceToronto2015-04-04
IAUT ConcertHart HouseToronto2014-11-30
School Show and WorkshopPort Credit Secondary SchoolMississauga2014-10-20
Canadian Music Centre Special GuestCanadian Music CentreToronto2014-09-18
CD Release with special guest Brenna MacCrimmonHugh's RoomToronto2014-02-16
Festival du Monde Arabe de MontrealL'EscalierMontreal2013-10-29
Saint-Léon-le-Grand FestivalL'eglise Sait-Leon-le-GrandSaint-Leon-le-Grand2012-03-31
Ladom Ensemble TourMoulin e parolesMascouche2010-08-29
Ladom Ensemble TourMuse Quebecois De Culture PopulaireTrois-Riviere2010-07-20
Ladom Ensemble TourEglise Saint-Jean-BaptisteMontreal2010-07-19
Ladom Ensemble TourHart House - Music RoomToronto2010-06-27

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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Technical rider

Ladom Ensemble can perform in two conditions:
1) acoustic hall that projects sound naturally
2) venue that uses a sound amplification system.


Contacts and booking

Pouyaladomensemble@gmail.com

Social Media

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