Cris Derksen (Sarah Race)
Cris Derksen is a half-Cree, classically trained cellist. She mixes the traditional with the contemporary in both the cultural world as well as the music sphere.
Cris uses a loop station and effect pedals to create an inspiring multi-dimensional auditory experience that is uncharted for most classical players. Her captivating melodies and steadfast bass lines have captured the attention of local and international audiences, and she's played with the likes of Kanye West and Tanya Tagaq.
Cris is currently on tour and makes a stop in Winnipeg on Saturday, May 14th, for the finale of 8 Days in May, Eh! alongside Kristi Lane Sinclair,Segweh, and local musicians Lorenzo, Sonia Eidse, and Dustin Harder.
Cris took time out from her tour to answer some questions for SCENE.
You've been to Winnipeg a couple of times now, what do you look forward to most when visiting our fair city?
Rad rad people, the Mondragon, Aboriginal Music Week!
How do Vancouver audiences differ from Winnipeg audiences?
Well I am quite well know in Vancouver after living and playing there for 8 years So it's super rad coming to Winnipeg where people are just starting to get to know me. There is an air of excitement when I play in Winnipeg.
How did you start playing the cello?
I Started playing Cello when I was 10 in Edmonton through Edmonton public schools. I wanted to play the bass, but my mom's car was too small, So I got the next biggest thing.
What is your first musical memory?
First Musical memory, Hmmm Apparently I wanted to play the flute at three, but I think the most vivid musical memory was getting my piano at age 5. It was a nice big stand up.
What has been the highlight of your career so far?
Geezus, I have a few: I think playing with Tanya Tagaq at the Color's of Ostrava Festival in the Czech Republic. we played for about 5-6,000 at midnight, it was a fantastic show, and we got to hang out with some super big rock stars. Playing with Kayne West the first time was pretty memorable as it was my first stadium gig. Also I did this 15 minute piece with a hair dresser once in Vancouver. We had 2 weeks to create a 15 minute performance, and the piece still sticks out in my mind!