Dr. Spy & Catherine spoke to Matt Homes on his show “Niagara In The Morning — Weekend Edition” about Unsettled Scores presents Contraries: a chamber requiem & RADAR at Celebration of Nations on September 7, 2019.
Research at Brock University is featuring Dr. Spy this week for their “Find the answer” series. In this video, Dr. Spy talks about land-based composing and how he views the land as an artistic collaborator.
Tickets are only $20 ($5 for high school students) and are available here.
Additionally, we will be providing a limited number of FREE tickets to Indigenous community organizations and centres. If you are interested, please email unsettledscorescelebration[at]gmail.com
RADAR is a new work for oboe, bassoon, horn, bass trombone, guitar and timpani that explores the conceptual idea of a palindrome, and the notion of being targeted while invisible. This piece is a musical response to the violence experienced by Indigenous people, particularly Indigenous women, Two-Spirit, and Trans-identified persons.
Contraries: a chamber requiem tells the story of a little boy and his quest to relearn his gifts. After escaping the grip of a tyrannical schoolmaster, he embarks on a journey to fulfill his heroic destiny and transform into a sacred being.
Chi Miigwetch to the Brock University Social Justice Research Institute Seed Grant program for research support, the Faculty of Education Discretionary Strategic Initiatives Fund, the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, and the Music and Dramatic Arts Departments.
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.
We are excited to be part of this year’s Weesageechak Begins to Dance 31! We will be presenting an excerpt of our new full-length opera, Canoe, at the festival’s Opera Night on November 17 at Aki Studio. We are grateful to Native Earth Performing Arts for supporting the development of this work through their Mskomini Giizis Artist Residency this past summer.
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.
Natalie Dewan of Ontario Presents interviewed Spy for their Spotlight Series about his work decolonizing in the performing arts.
Broadway World, article by BWW News Desk:
“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.”
Brock University News, article by Heather Junke:
CBC News, article by Nigel Hunt:
“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.”
Hamilton Spectator, article by Lauren La Rose:
“The third act features “Sojourn, a work commissioned from Anishinaabe librettist Spy Dénommé-Welch and Catherine Magowan.”