We have just finished our first week of the Mskomini Giizis Residency at Native Earth Performing Arts, and are so thankful to be able to work with such amazing musicians (and dogs)! Next week we will start working with director Moynan King, as well as our design team and stage manager on integrating the non-musical aspects of this opera.
Rehearsals are underway for our new work, Contraries: a chamber requiem. We are have an amazing time working with the incredibly talented singers and instrumentalists, some of whom have come quite a distance to perform with us!
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.”
The Toronto Star, article by Carly Maga:
“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.”
The Globe and Mail, article by Martha Schabas:
“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.”
Ludwig van Toronto, article by Joseph So:
CBC News (Kitchener-Waterloo), article by Andrea Bellemare:
“The Nota Bene Baroque Players are holding a multimedia concert that features words, images and music celebrating the Grand River. The music includes works from Vivaldi, Telemann and Handle, and the world premiere of a new composition, Bottlenecked, from Canadians Spy Dénommé-Welch and Catherine Magowan.”