Jeremy Dutcher Performance
Friday, September 25
7pm PST / 10pm EST
A digital production available online only, presented by the Chan Centre
Reserve a ticket and watch online from September 25th
Join us on September 25 for a virtual performance by Jeremy Dutcher. The “brilliant and ambitious” (NPR) music of composer, pianist, and classically trained operatic tenor Jeremy Dutcher is like nothing you’ve ever heard. His bold compositions layer sublime vocal melodies atop cascading piano lines, weaving a rich dialogue between the old and the new through vibrant reimaginings of the traditional songs of his ancestors.
A member of Tobique First Nation in New Brunswick, Dutcher studied music in Halifax before taking a deep dive into the archives at the Canadian Museum of History where he began transcribing forgotten songs from 1907 wax cylinders. “I’m doing this work because there’s only about a hundred Wolastoqey speakers left,” he says. “If you lose the language, you’re not just losing words; you’re losing an entire way of seeing and experiencing the world.”
Full of reverence for his roots and teeming with the urgency of modern-day struggles of resistance, Dutcher’s debut album Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa earned him a 2018 Polaris Music Prize and a reputation as one of the brightest lights in Canada’s Indigenous renaissance. His bold compositions and raw, affecting performances celebrate the power and importance of a scarce and sacred language—Indigenous Futurism at its finest.
Filmed in Montreal, Quebec in August 2020.
This virtual event is presented in collaboration with the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, UBC’s Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, and the UBC School of Music as part of Soundings: An Exhibition in Five Parts on view at the Belkin through December 6, 2020.
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Soundings: An Exhibition in Five Parts is a traveling exhibition curated by Candice Hopkins and Dylan Robinson, and organized by Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queen’s University, Canada and Independent Curators International (ICI). The exhibition and tour are made possible, in part, with the generous support from ICI’s International Forum and the ICI Board of Trustees. Additional support has been provided by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Canada Council for the Arts’ New Chapter Program, the Isabel and Alfred Bader Fund of Bader Philanthropies, the Ontario Arts Council, the City of Kingston Arts Fund through the Kingston Arts Council, and the George Taylor Richardson Memorial Fund at Queen’s University.