Spy recipient of New Frontiers in Research Fund from SSHRC

By Unsettled Scores / On / In Blog post, News

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.

Congratulations Spy!!

Canoe at Weesageechak Begins to Dance 31

By Unsettled Scores / On / In Music, News, Opera, Theatre

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.

https://www.broadwayworld.com/toronto/article/Native-Earth-Announces-The-Line-up-Of-WEESAGEECHAK-BEGINS-TO-DANCE-20181025

Native Earth to Present 30th Annual WEESAGEECHAK BEGINS TO DANCE

By unsettledscores / On / In Music, News

Broadway World, article by BWW News Desk:

https://www.broadwayworld.com/toronto/article/Native-Earth-to-Present-30th-Annual-WEESAGEECHAK-BEGINS-TO-DANCE-20171019

“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.”

We’re all tied up in it: Dance-opera Bearing aims to show we are all residential schools survivors

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CBC News, article by Nigel Hunt:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/entertainment/bearing-dance-residential-schools-1.4171844

“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.”

Dance-opera Bearing makes art out of residential-school ashes

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The Globe and Mail, article by Martha Schabas:

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/theatre-and-performance/dance-opera-bearing-makes-art-out-of-residential-school-ashes/article35401964/

“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.”