Unsettled Scores Artistic Director Dr. Spy Dénommé-Welch has been announced as a recipient of the New Frontiers in Research Fund for his project “Sonic Coordinates: Decolonizing through land-based music composition!” This award was created to generate opportunities for early career researchers to conduct high-risk, high-reward and interdisciplinary research, and build strength and leadership in interdisciplinary and transformative research.
More information about Dr. Spy’s research project, “Sonic Coordinates: Decolonizing through land-based music composition,” can be found on the Brock University website.
Canoe is a tale of transformation that revolves around the lives of eccentric sisters, Constance and Gladys, and the flood that consumes their world. Blending Indigenous oral tradition with neo-baroque and jazz/blues motifs, Canoe is a unique operatic performance.
This presentation will feature Nicole Joy-Fraser, Conlin Delbaere-Sawchuk , Cecilia Lee on piano, and will be dramaturged by Moynan King.
“Rounding out the first week, multi-disciplinary artists and Dora-nominated Spy Dénommé-Welch (Algonquin) and Catherine Magowan of An Indie(n) Rights Reserve return with HATE MAIL and Irreconcilable Trolls, a piece that explores people who hide behind fake usernames, spoofed emails and anonymous comment boards which is presented as a sonata with contrabassoon and piano.”
“The production features nine dancers (including three who are Indigenous), Indigenous opera singer Marion Newman, a chorus and an orchestra of classical musicians performing pieces by J.S. Bach, Claude Vivier and a new composition and libretto by Indigenous composer Spy Dénommé-Welch and Catherine Magowan.”
“Bearing breaks down into three acts: J.S. Bach’s “Jesu, meine Freude”; Claude Vivier’s “Wo bist du Licht!” and a piece commissioned for the work, “Sojourn” by Spy Dénommé-Welch and Catherine Magowan.”
“It’s a work in three parts: The first is set to a Bach motet, the second to music by Québécois composer Claude Vivier and the third to a commissioned score by Anishinaabe co-composer and librettist Spy Denommé-Welch and composer Catherine Magowan.”