Cris Derksen is a young half-cree classically trained Canadian cellist whose captivating melodies and steadfast bass lines have captured the attention of local and international audiences. She is a diverse musician, easily melding into hip-hop, rock, folk, country, or whatever type of music to bring an intense ball of musical passion to her work.
Using a loop station and effect pedals, she is able to create an inspiring multi-dimensional auditory experience that is uncharted for most classical players. Using sounds from her inherited past Cris mixes the traditional with the contemporary over and over again in both the cultural world as well as the music sphere.
Although Cris is an emerging artist, she has built up a strong resume performing at festivals such as Riddu Riddu in Norway, WOMEX (World Music Expo) in Sevilla, Spain, The Respect Festival and Colors of Ostrava in the Czech Republic. SXSW (South by Southwest), The Vancouver Folk Music Festival, Calgary Folk Festival, Dawson City Music Festival, Edmonton Folk Music Festival, Brandon Folk Music Festival, FrostBite, APCMA (Aboriginal People’s Choice Music Awards), CAMA’s (Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards) as a solo artist and with Inuit Throat Singer Tanya Tagaq. APTN (Aboriginal People’s Television Network) has recognized Cris as one of 2009 Rising Stars.
As a Composer Cris has Composed for Karen Jamieson Dance, The Tomorrow Collective Aerial Firedance Troupe; Firebelly Productions and Museum of Anthropology, She has also performed with international Hip-Hop artist Kayne West at GM place in Vancouver.
As a session musician her diversity continues as she has built up a strong resume recording with Tanya Tagaq on her Album Auk, the Album earned 2 Juno Nominations for Best Aboriginal Album and Best Instrumental Album. Rae Spoon, The Switfy’s, Kinnie Starr, Lightening Dust (Member’s of Black Mountain), Ladyhawk, Bison, E.S.L, Girl Nobody, Fan Death, Leela Gilday, and Jason Burnstick as well as working with Native composer Russell Wallace.
Cris obtained a Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance at UBC and shared the Principle Cellist of the UBC Symphony Orchestra title.
"It's not every night you see a cellist pack a club dance floor. But Cris Derksen is not just another classically trained musician bowing away in the background. Kicking out electronic beats and using her loop station and pedal board to bring the noise, the UBC grad is building an international reputation for invention, session work and performance." - The Vancouver Province