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.
On May 5th, 2019, at the Arts & Letters Club, Odaabaanag‘s work-in-progress performance was presented to a full house.
Odaabaanag will continue to develop over the summer, leading up to its final performance in the fall.
This page will be regularly updated with looks behind the scenes, glimpses of the process, and even ways to get involved!
Odaabaanag is supported by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.