in memoriam… Featuring nêhiyawak and more! Curated by Ociciwan Contemporary Art Collective
· Jul · 18 Tue 7:00 pm at Winspear Centre
9720 102 Ave Edmonton, AB T5J 4B2

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in memoriam€ feat. nhiyawak at Winspear Centre (Edmonton)  on July 18, 2017


Edmonton, AB
Alternative / Rock

nêhiyawak hails from amiskwaciy (Edmonton) on Treaty 6 territory. Comprised of Kris Harper, Matthew Cardinal, and Marek Tyler - three Indigenous musicians coalescing at the intersection between traditional and contemporary music. Their sound at times loud and sweeping, and in moments - reticent and careful. Releasing their first ... Read more

All Ages Welcome // Reserved Seating



in memoriam... adds a new score and production by Postcommodity and Alex Waterman to a suite of four early scores by the American composer Robert Ashley. The fifth score honours the lives of Mary Cecil, Victoria Callihoo (nee Belcourt), and Eleanor (Helene) Thomas Garneau, three Indigenous women from territory at the turn of the Century as it became the province of Alberta. This significant addition continues Ashley's project investigating the connections between musical forms and constructs of historicization, opening a conversation regarding whom and how we memorialize individuals and inscribe their legacies.
Robert Ashley (1930-2014) composed four graphic scores in 1963 that form a tetralogy of musical epitaphs for (in)famous figures from American history: John Smith, Kit Carson, Crazy Horse, and Esteban Gomez. The in memoriams were Ashley's re-interpretation of classical European musical forms: the symphony, the concerto, the opera, and the quartet. As Ashley remarked on several occasions, these forms developed in parallel in Europe and America, but whereas in Europe they manifested as musical forms, in America they were expressed as social forms. The in memoriams were foundational works for Ashley's grander project of composing a "history of American consciousness". Ashley would later expand upon this history by producing a prolific series of operas for television and stage from the late 1970s until his death in 2014.
His operas, unlike the in memoriams, would immortalize people from his personal life rather than well-known historical figures.
The fifith in memoriam... production will be performed by the transdisciplinary Indigenous artist collective Postcommodity, composer Alex Waterman, and a number Indigenous musicians from across the province of Alberta. All five in memoriams will feature new hand-made musical instruments, performed by regional Indigenous musicians, and these extraordinary international artists.
The following musicians from across Alberta, along with youth and community participants, will be performing the in memoriam... scores together with Postcommodity and Alex Waterman: Malaya Bishop, Jaynine Lena McCrae, seth cardinal, Jared Tailfeathers, nêhiyawak (Marek Tyler, Kris Harper, Matthew Cardinal), Curtis Lefthand.