A National Concert of Truth and Reconciliation
WINNIPEG, Manitoba – Inuit shamans, Sir Martin Frobisher, Indigenous hip-hop, music of sorrow, loss, pride and love – on Saturday, March 4 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, March 5 at 3:00 pm at the Ukrainian Labour Temple (591 Pritchard Avenue), Camerata Nova presents three powerful choral premières by Indigenous Canadian composers on the theme of “Taken".
Curator Andrew Balfour and Curator/Conductor Mel Braun have done exceptional work with this show. All three compositions contain imaginative elements of solo performance art. New Brunswick Maliseet Jeremy Dutcher, now a Toronto composer/tenor, will join Camerata Nova to sing of the loss of his language. Lindsay Knight, aka Eekwol, the brilliant Muskoday hip-hop artist from Saskatoon, has written a strong, poetic rap text about loss of identity and culture – Camerata Nova will be her live beat! Finally, Andrew Balfour, Cree Artistic Director of the group, has written Quamaniq, a major choral drama starring Iqaluit throat/folk singer Madeleine Allakariallak and Jeremy Dutcher, about 16th-century explorer Martin Frobisher taking Inuit back to England to show as “curiosities.” Other featured artists are Manitoba-born baritone Jason Klippenstein and cellist Leanne Zacharias, and Fred Ford as narrator.
More big news! Camerata Nova is proud to announce that the National Arts Centre (NAC) has invited the group to perform Taken again in Ottawa on June 17, 2017, as part of the NAC’s major Canada Scene Festival – a big feather in the cap of this Winnipeg ensemble!
There will be a pre-concert talk with the composers at 6:45 pm on March 4 and 2:15 pm on Sunday, March 5. Tickets are $30 for adults, $25 for seniors and $15 for under-30s.
About Camerata Nova
“You never know what you’re going to get…” Camerata Nova is a vocal group without fear, performing Renaissance, contemporary, and Indigenous-infused music. Often singing a cappella, the group also enjoys innovative collaborations and accompaniment from all kinds of instruments and soundscapes. Since 1996, the group has continually accented the unusual, offering authentic early music performances, premières of Manitoba compositions, and an eclectic array in between. Camerata Nova has issued four CDs: Camerata Nova, Mystica, Nova Noël, and Camerata Nova Live: Christmas in Early America, as well as the DVD Wa Wa Tey Wak (Northern Lights).
About Andrew Balfour
Of Cree descent, Andrew Balfour has written a body of more than 30 choral, instrumental and orchestral works, including Take the Indian, Empire Étrange: The Death of Louis Riel, Gregorio’s Nightmare, Wa Wa Tey Wak (Northern Lights), Fantasia on a Poem by Rumi, Missa Brevis and Medieval Inuit. He has been commissioned by the Winnipeg, Regina and Toronto symphony orchestras, Ensemble Caprice, the Winnipeg Singers, the Kingston Chamber Choir and Camerata Nova, among many others. His works have been performed and/or broadcast locally, nationally and internationally. Andrew is also founder and Artistic Director of Camerata Nova. He is passionate about music education and outreach, particularly in schools located in low-income areas of Winnipeg and northern communities. Andrew was Curator and Composer-in-Residence of the WSO’s Indigenous Festivals in 2009 and 2010 and in 2007 received the Mayor of Winnipeg’s Making a Mark Award, sponsored by the Winnipeg Arts Council to recognize the most promising midcareer artist in the city.
About Jeremy Dutcher
Jeremy Dutcher is an emerging Toronto-based composer and vocal artist. His music merges two worlds, that of the classical and traditional, operatic power and tuneful melodies of his Wolastoq (Maliseet) Nation. Jeremy’s forthcoming release, Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa, is part composition, part musical ethnography, part linguistic reclamation. Jeremy prioritizes the Wolastoqey language in his music in hopes of inspiring other young Maliseets to learn this endangered language. Dutcher’s style is hard to define as it blends distinct musical aesthetics into something entirely new, shapeshifting between classical, contemporary, traditional and jazz. He was the winner of Opera New Brunswick’s Young Artist Award in 2012 and most recently a recipient of the Canada Council for the Art’s Aboriginal Music Award. He studied classical music at Dalhousie University and spent time learning from Passamaqouddy song carrier Maggie Paul. Jeremy has also been a featured soloist with the Mississauga Chamber Choir and Soundstreams Canada.
About Lindsay Knight (aka Eekwol)
In Eekwol’s world, mothering, music and academics are chaotically coordinated into a delicate balance. As a well-known and dedicated hip-hop emcee, Eekwol astounds her listeners with honest, direct and revolutionary words that come from places both original and unknown, and always groundbreaking. As a member of Muskoday First Nation, she holds a lifelong background of Plains Cree Indigenous music and culture and invites the audience into a space of experimental hip-hop unique to her land and place while respecting the origins of hip-hop. For albums, Eekwol has previously released Niso, The List, Apprentice to the Mystery, Soundsick?! and Good Kill, with countless features and collaborations on other albums with other artists.
About Mel Braun
Conductor Mel Braun is a versatile baritone singer himself who is equally at home on the concert or opera stage. He is well known to Canadian audiences for his early music performances and broadcasts with Tafelmusik and Opera Atelier. When not performing as a soloist, he sings with the Emerado Trio, and with Il Primo, an all-baritone trio. In the field of new music, he has premiered numerous works with the Banff Centre, New Music Toronto, Saskatoon Symphony, Groundswell, the Manitoba Opera, and Chamber Opera West. As a teacher, Mel heads up the Vocal Program at the University of Manitoba’s Marcel A. Desautels Faculty of Music. Among Mel’s many initiatives at the Faculty are the Annual Opera Theatre School Tour, the Contemporary Opera Lab and the Professor Bach Project. As a conductor, Mel looks after the operatic ensembles at the U of M, as well as working with Camerata Nova. He also enjoys teaching many of the young rock singers that make up Winnipeg’s burgeoning Indie music scene.