Maison symphonique February 24, 2023

A moving musical work by an essential Indigenous composer.

The festival international Montréal/Nouvelles musiques presents one of the great Indigenous voices! The music of Andrew Balfour, a composer of Cree origin and artistic director of the Dead of Winter ensemble (formerly Camerata Nova Winnipeg), is at the heart of this concert, which takes us on a moving spiritual journey. His choral works invite us to commune, as in Vision Chant, inspired by an Indigenous singing style that reaches the heights of tranquility and intensity. The powerful lament of Notinikew, an anti-war mini-opera, forcefully echoes the words and woes of a community and destiny too rarely heard about. Notinikew tells the story of indigenous soldiers who fought for Canada in the First World War and were denied the right to return home.

On the program: works by Andrew Balfour performed by the Dead of Winter ensemble (formerly Camerata Nova Winnipeg) with six singers from the Winnipeg Boys'Choir, Robert Falcon Ouellette (narration), Cory Campbell (Ojibway songkeeper), Leanne Zacharias (cello), Nolan Kehler (tenor) and John Anderson (bass) under the direction of Mel Braun.

Honour Song (traditional song) (2 min)
Andrew Balfour, Omaabiindig (5 min)
Andrew Balfour, Vision chant from Bahjgaywin (4 min)
Andrew Balfour, Domine Deus from Missa Brevis (3 min)
Travelling Song (traditional honour song) (2 min)
Andrew Balfour, Trapped in Stone (5 min)
Andrew Balfour, Notinikew (30 min)


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