INDIGENOUS MUSIC CREATORS PROJECT
January 28 – February 1, 2015 (workshop from 11 am – 6 pm. Performance on Sunday, February 1st at 3 pm)
155 Walnut Avenue, Toronto, Ontario
The Indigenous Music Creators Project is an innovative, music-driven initiative that supports emerging and professional Indigenous musicians, singers and music creators that seek to score for dance, theatre and hybrid forms of performance. This project seeks to address the critical shortage of Indigenous composers and creators that score for dance, theatre and other performance forms.
The project covered core topics including composition, harmony, pitch, tempo, working with traditional and contemporary genres, working collaboratively, working as soloists and pre-formed ensembles, and working with dancers, actors, and the moving image.
Participants included: Marc Merilainen, Moe Clark, Rick Sacks, Thomas Fonua, Craig Commanda, Clarence Michon, Sarah Yankoo, Shandra Spears Bombay, Jennifer Wabegijig and Kathleen Kavanaugh.
This workshop is collaboration of Red Sky and ArrayMusic.
“It was exhilarating to be able to explore new possibilities, especially with new teachings and access to many instruments…this was off the hook! What has been going on is nothing but incredible, and I am very grateful to be here, experiencing every moment of it with my fellow artists.”
- Craig Commanda, multi-instrumentalist and music creator