Cris Derksen

Nice and Clean

for piano, cello, and audio clips

About the work

“With this I wanted to create a piece of music that showcases white folks talking about Indigenous folks. The audio comes from a 1967 Documentary called Elliot Lake talking about relocation of “indians” from reserves to the town of Elliot Lake in Northern Ontario.” -Cris Derksen

SPECS

Duration:

6'

Movements:

N/A

Instrumentation:


Piano/Cello/Audio clips

Tech:

Will need a computer and a speaker to play Audio Clips. Also someone who reads music to trigger the clips

BACKGROUND

Date of composition:

2021

Commissionner:


New Music Edmonton

Performances:

Premiere: February 2021, Edmonton

ABOUT THE COMPOSER

Juno nominated Cris Derksen, originally from Northern Alberta, Canada, is an internationally respected Indigenous cellist and composer. Derksen braids the traditional and contemporary, weaving her classical background and her Indigenous ancestry together with new school electronics to create genre-defying music. As a composer she has her foot in many worlds working in choral, symphonic, film, theatre and dance, with a new commission from the Calgary Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra premiering in 2020. As a performer Derksen performs nationally and internationally. Recent destinations include Hong Kong, Australia, Mongolia, Europe, Mexico and a whole lot of Canada: the place Derksen refers to as home.

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