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Barbara Croall

Barbara Croall

Barbara Croall Acclaimed Odawa First Nation composer and musician Barbara Croall has been active internationally from the start of her career in 1995; her work has been premiered in several European countries, the UK, the United States, Asia, and Latin America. From 1998 to 2000 she was Resident Composer with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra working with Finnish conductor Jukka-Pekka Saraste. Her works have been premiered and given repeat performances by major orchestras across Canada and the US, and she has been a guest soloist with orchestras performing in her own works in Canada, the USA, Mexico, across Europe, and in the UK. Rigourously trained in the classical new music tradition - she holds degrees and diplomas from Centre Acanthes (France), the Musikhochschule in Munich (Germany), The Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto), and the University of Toronto where she was the recipient of the Glenn Gould Award in Composition (1989) - Croall now balances her time between composing, work in outdoor environmental educational rooted in traditional Anishinaabe teachings, work with Indigenous at-risk youth, creating and performing music on the pipigwan (Anishinaabe cedar flute) and voice in the traditional Anishinaabe way, and taking part in traditional ceremonies with Elders in her community.


Jawa is a new band founded by Syrian professional musicians who arrived in Canada very recently. The band presents Arabic and Syrian heritage music in a modern style to raise awareness of Arabic music and culture. Jawa hopes to also create a feeling of home and connect Syrian and Arab people in Canada to their cherished memories. Jawa is an ancient Arabic word meaning the exuberant passion. The band believes that with love and togetherness we are ready to solve any problems we face. Esmaeel Abofakher plays bozok, resident musician with Nai Children’s choir. Hanna Touma plays oud. Rahaf Alakbani and Cristina Touma are the vocalists. Jawa's Summer Music in the Garden performance will feature Rahaf Alakbani and Esmaeel Abofakher.

Barbara Croall and Jawa: Mother/lands


Our Canada Day concert brings together Odawa First Nations composer Barbara Croall and the Syrian-Canadian ensemble Jawa (Rahaf Alakbani, voice, and Esmaeel Aboufakher, bozuq).

Croall will perform her 2008 Lullaby for pipigwan (traditional Anishinaabe cedar flute) and voice, dedicated to the many Indigenous mothers whose children died at residential schools.

Listen to excerpts of music by Barbara Croall

Supported by
The McLean Foundation

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