"Cermin is a musical melting pot. It's whimsical metal, but in all seriousness, with a rock feel. We've been trying to break boundaries with everything we play, and with Cermin we both agreed that it could be anything as long as it's beautiful."
- Stefano Dodaro & Gavin Fraser


Cermin is an experimental duo made up of Gavin Fraser and Stefano Dodaro. They are 19 years old and graduated from École acadienne de Pomquet in 2012. Both members hail from Antigonish, Nova Scotia and have been a creative force to be reckoned with since they picked up their respective instruments. Gavin brings his classically trained voice, and his incredible skill on both keyboard and guitar (and he isn't afraid to play both at the same time!). Stefano, apart from displaying his dizzying chops on the drumset, brings texture to the mix with his arsenal of small percussive instruments and noisemakers, while jumping on keyboard and providing additional vocals. Their music is creatively engineered to sound like more than two guys. The band is bilingual in French and English. Cermin won first place in the provincial youth Acadian music competition Frogstock in 2012. The prize was two full days of recording at Radio-Canada in Moncton. The duo will be releasing their 30-minute debut EP titled “Arborisation” in May 2013.

Cermin incorporates a wide range of genres in their music. Describing Cermin is difficult; stylistically speaking, they run the gamut from progressive metal to fusion jazz, New Age/World music to rock. Delicate orchestrations are interwoven through intense, hard-hitting riffs. Despite the ever-changing soundscape, the band manages to maintain a thematic flow. Cermin’s influences include bands such as King Crimson, The Mahavishnu Orchestra, Tool, Meshuggah, The Mars Volta, The Sounds of Animals Fighting, Enigma, etc.

Cermin is the Indonesian word for “Mirror”. The attached song you will hear is a 20-minute epic about characters Urtaz and Ezra. In the first movement, Urtaz is a being walking through a beautiful forest. He realizes later on that he is no longer human, and he must be dead. Yet, at the end of the movement, Urtaz realizes that he has in fact become a tree. In the second movement, Urtaz falls in love with the sun, Ezra. They have a love affair, but must keep their love a secret from the jealous moon.



Written By: Gavin Fraser, Stefano Dodaro

Temps passait
Temps des rêves
Sans sommeille

L’air manquant.
Sens les souffles
De la Terre.

Où sont
Mes jambes?
Mes pieds d’or
Bougent quand même.

Mes bras
Tient le vent.

[Je promène dans cette forêt euphorique, sans aucun mouvement physique.
Les oiseaux chantent une chanson si belle, que le temps se pause en poursuit.
Qui suis-je? Je me trompe avec ces questions vague. Vagues de voix sont aussi bleu que l’océan.
La profondeur du foret m’intrigue, je suis appeler par un chorale des chuchotements.]

Le chant
Des ailes
Me paraît
Me dirige
Ver le centre.

Où sont
Mes yeux?
Suis-je mort?
Je suis mort.

Je vole vers
La lumière.
Le soleil
Lèche mes feuilles.
Mon écorce.

[Les chuchotements m’appellent, mais sans des mots physiques et concrètes.
Prospère, dit les voix, prospère et vivre en harmonie.
Sans disette, mon os et chair s’évapore, et j’envole vers la lumière… je suis mort?
Mais non, la lumière vient du soleil, vois-tu? Elle roule sur mes feuilles, mes branches Baliveau.]

Temps passait…
Temps des rêves
Sans sommeille.

d'or et sable
Corps ocré
sur ta plage

Ma dame
Du matin
Lèvres de bois,
Lèvres des flammes

jour et nuit
Couvre en rouge
ciel et terre
terre... terre... terre...

Jour et nuit
Couvre en feu.
Jour et nuit
Ciel et terre.

Revenez ma femme de feu
Laissez lumière à la lune jalouse

Revenez ma femme de flamme
Enfants dors dans les bras d’espace

Les ombres :
sbires du soir
dans les coins
du plein jour

Sauvez moi
reine du ciel
sur ta trône

Je vole vers
La lumière.
Le soleil
Lèche mes feuilles.
Mon écorce.


Arborisation (EP) - May 2013


1. Urtaz & Ezra (22:59)

2. Le Marchand Dupé (11:42)

Set List

Urtaz & Ezra

Le Marchand Dupé

Frame By Frame & Indiscipline (King Crimson covers)