And so it begins. A journey with an uncertain end.
Last month I received word that I was the recipient of the Canada Council for Arts Aboriginal Music Scholarship. Over the next year and a half I will be working on an album called "Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa" (Maliseet Songs). The process will include research, transcription, composition, recording and of course performance.
Check out Nluhkon for an explanation of the project.
Here, I will be posting about my journey in making these recordings. I'll provide updates and hopefully a little insight into why I'm doing what I am doing. Eliyay means "as I go onward".
These photos are from my first day of composition. Since I have already transcribed all the original Wolastoq melodies, my task is to now create inventive & engaging arrangements to give these melodies new life; a daunting task. I'll be working out of St. Luke's United Church in Toronto; one of the oldest churches in the city. It is currently under construction and I'm hit by the similarities between nluhkon (my work) & this building. The idea of taking something old, tattered and under-used and transforming it into a vibrant new piece of art is a fundamental concept to this work.
I hope you follow me on this journey. It's all as new to me as it is to you, so your support will be much appreciated!
Kolselmoltipa naka musa wonitahasikoc wicuhkemtine!
( Love to all and don't forget to help each other)