Some music simply has to be heard to be understood. You can list the constituent parts, break it down genre by genre but, in the end, analysis doesn’t come close to doing it justice; understanding the sound intellectually and experiencing it physically are two different things. Juno Nominated Cris Derksen’s cello-based music isn’t hard to describe in the abstract. After years collaborating with orchestral, folk and pop bands, Tanya Tagaq, Buffy Sainte- Marie, Kinnie Starr, E.S.L, Lightning Dust, and others, her solo work and compositions are now centred on blending Western classical and traditional pow-wow music with contemporary electronic accents. But the power of that combination, and the skill with which she pulls it off, create music that words alone can’t do justice to.