nucintaq - the singer
Jeremy Dutcher is an emerging Toronto-based Composer and Vocal Artist. His music merges two worlds, that of the classical and traditional, operatic power and tuneful melodies of his Wolastoq (Maliseet) Nation.
Jeremy’s fourthcoming release, Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa, is part composition, part musical ethnography, part linguistic reclamation. The melodies come from the oldest known field recordings of the indigenous peoples along the St. John (Wolatstoq) river basin, and are arranged for voice, piano and string quartet. Jeremy also prioritizing the Wolastoqey language in his music in hopes of inspiring other young maliseets to learn this endangered language.
Dutcher’s style is hard to define as it blends distinct musical aesthetics into something entirely new; shapeshifting between classical, contemporary, traditional and jazz. Jeremy was the winner of Opera New Brunswick’s Young Artist Award in 2012 and most recently a recipient of the Canada Council for the Art’s Aboriginal Music Award. He studied classical music at Dalhousie University and spent time learning from Passamaqouddy song carrier Maggie Paul. Jeremy has also been a featured soloist with the Mississauga Chamber Choir and Soundstreams Canada.