Workshop: Brenna MacCrimmon

Co-produced with Harbourfront Centre and sponsored by TD Bank.

Brenna MacCrimmon's fascination with Turkish and Balkan music has taken her to Turkey, Europe and Japan among other places to perform and work with diverse musicians. She will play a few tunes and tell the stories of how she found them and where they took her.

Brenna MacCrimmon has been studying and performing the music of Turkey and the Balkans since the early 1980’s. She has performed in Turkey and abroad with Selim Sesler and Karsılama (trad Turkish Gypsy), Muammer Ketencoğlu (trad Balkan) and experimental rock group Baba Zula. She has also toured across Europe with Balkan beat DJ Shantel and the Bucovina Club Orkestra. She has recorded with the above musicians and has appeared as a guest on many diverse albums and film soundtracks in Canada, the US and Europe. She is a featured performer in “Crossing the Bridge,’’ Fatih Akın’s 2005 documentary of the Istanbul music scene. In 2010, she found herself in Moscow as a member of the cast of Bobble with Bobby McFerrin. Her theatre work includes musical director of the award-winning Volcano production of Goodness. In addition to singing with vocal quartet Turkwaz, she plays with Zephyr (Demetrios Petsalakis and Jaash Singh), has delved into vintage women’s blues with pianist Bill Westcott, travels widely to teach and perform and has much to do with ukuleles. With the generous support of a Chalmer’s Fellowship she has recently been exploring her Scottish-Canadian roots.

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