Odaabaanag‘s culminating performance will be presented Nov 30, 2019 at 7:30pm (with a pre-concert presentation at 7pm) and Dec 1, 2019 at 2:30pm (with a pre-concert presentation at 2pm) at Brigantine Room, Harbourfront Centre. Tickets Available Here.
A collaboration with Jumblies Theatre.
Soundstreams is excited to officially launch, Odaabaanag, a project that bridges contemporary music, community-engaged arts and intercultural creative processes.
Using Soundstreams’ February 2019 performance of Steve Reich’s “Different Trains” as a catalyst and source for inspiration, Anishinaabe composer Melody McKiver will develop a new work for string quartet and recorded voices from the community. Like “Different Trains”, Odaabaanag (“Trains” in Ojibwe) will explore the notion of inherited memory. While “Different Trains” reflects on Steve Reich’s Jewish heritage and the Holocaust through the use of survivor voices, Odaabaanag will highlight themes, voices, and histories from Melody’s home community of Sioux Lookout and Lac Seul First Nation, drawn from interviews with residents and elders there.
Alongside Melody’s chamber piece, The Gather Round Singers community choir will also perform a new song cycle by Beverley McKiver, drawing on the same participatory and cultural source material.
Odaabaanag‘s culminating performance will be presented Nov 30, 2019 at 7:30pm (with a pre-concert presentation at 7pm) and Dec 1, 2019 at 2:30pm (with a pre-concert presentation at 2pm) at Brigantine Room, Harbourfront Centre.
On May 5th, 2019, at the Arts & Letters Club, Odaabaanag‘s work-in-progress performance was presented to a full house.
Odaabaanag continued to develop over the summer, leading up to its final performance in the fall, 2019.
Odaabaanag is supported by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.