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NAGAMO (sings)



Following the success of the March 2023 tour, NAGAMO is heading on the road again, with performances in Ottawa and Montréal.  Join us at one of two special concerts, or at a celebration of Indigenous choral music as part of the Choral Canada PODIUM conference! 

May 12, 2024 | Ottawa, ON

Presented by Music and Beyond, this special performance of NAGAMO will take place at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church (82 Kent Street) at 3:00 PM.  For tickets and more information, visit Music and Beyond.

May 13, 2024 | Montréal, QC

In partnership with local singers, musica intima is excited to perform in Montréal's beautiful Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours.  Featuring music from NAGAMO alongside mi's signature 'new choral canon', click here for tickets.   

May 17, 2024 | Montréal, QC

As part of a curated concert by Sherryl Sewepagaham at Choral Canada's 2024 PODIUM conference, musica intima will perform music by Deantha Edmunds, Andrew Balfour, Alex Vollant, Sherryl Sewepagaham, and Andrée Levesque Sioui - sharing songs in five Indigenous languages across the beautiful evening Sherryl has titled 'Ahskennon'nia - Songs of Peace.'  Part of PODIUM's 2024 festival, tickets are available through Choral Canada.  

NAGAMO CD available now for purchase in our store, on Bandcamp, or on Redshift Records, and to stream or purchase on all your favourite platforms.  Stay tuned for further announcements of more touring performances of NAGAMO in 2024.  

“NAGAMO (Sings) reimagines history and the concept of nation to nation respect and musical dialogue between the nations of the so-called New World and Old World.  During the beginning of the 17th century,  several Chiefs and esteemed Indigenous leaders journeyed to Europe in the hope of forging alliances. In many cases, they were treated as respected ambassadors. NAGAMO explores the fantastical idea of what might have happened if the sharing of music, and the respect of culture had contrived, and how a different history might have played out.”

Andrew Balfour, curator 


Revolving around Elizabethan choral music by Byrd, Tallis, and Gibbons, NAGAMO also features the unique musical perspective of Balfour’s reimagining of these motets into Cree and Ojibway.  Compositions by Balfour himself explores universal ideas of governance, diplomacy, and culture, as well as the challenges Indigenous peoples face today. 



It was a thrill to travel across the country and connect with communities in March 2023.  Andrew and musica intima workshopped with more than 800 young singers, gave six performances in collaboration with other ensembles, and travelled from coast to coast.  

We were honoured to partner with ensembles and institutions across the country:

Toronto Children's Chorus

Western University - Don Wright Faculty of Music

Shallaway Youth Choir 

University of Manitoba - Desautels Faculty of Music

Kokopelli Choirs​

The NAGAMO tour was supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, Azrieli Foundation, SOCAN Foundation, Hamber Foundation, Chris Spencer Foundation, and the British Columbia Arts Council.  


Poster art by Sonny Assu: NAGAMO, 2022, commissioned by musica intima through the First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Arts Commissioning Fund.

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