Watch: Spotlight on Cris Derksen

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May 31, 2019 | Web First
Aaron Epp | Online Media Manager
Cellist and composer Cris Derksen grew up in northern Alberta. (Photo courtesy of

The bio on Cris Derksen’s website says it well: The “Juno-nominated and classically trained cellist and composer braids the traditional and contemporary, weaving her classical background and her Indigenous ancestry together with new school electronics to create genre-defying music.”

In 2018, the half-Cree, half-Mennonite musician from northern Alberta wrote a piece for the Eybler Quartet. Titled “White Man’s Cattle,” the piece had its world premiere at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity last summer.

In the video below, Derksen talks about her ancestry and how it informs compositions like "White Man's Cattle."

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Cellist and composer Cris Derksen grew up in northern Alberta. (Photo courtesy of

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