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Odaabaanag is a collaborative project between Soundstreams and Jumblies, that bridges contemporary music, community-engaged arts and intercultural creative processes. Join us to hear inter-related works for string quartet and audio track by Melody McKiver and a song cycle by Beverley McKiver, performed by The Gather Round Singers community choir and soloist Nicole Joy-Fraser. Both works are informed by interviews with elders from the composers’ home community of Obishikokaang (Lac Seul First Nation).
Odaabaanag is an Ojibwe word that translates closely to “trains”. With a launchpad of Steve Reich’s Different Trains, which explored Reich’s Jewish heritage and voice excerpts of Holocaust survivors, Odaabaanag draws on cultural memories of Melody and Beverley McKiver, and interviews conducted in their Anishinaabe ancestral home. Their compositions feature the words and voices of Garnet Angeconeb, Josephine King and Tom Chisel.
Join us half an hour before each show for a special pre-concert presentation.
Odaabaanag is supported by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Canadian Heritage, Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, and Canadian Council for the Arts, presented in association with Harbourfront Centre and the Toronto Biennial of Art.