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MAY 27, 2022 | 7:30 PM


NAGAMO (sings)

For our final performance of the season, musica intima will be joined in Vancouver by composer/curator of Cree descent, Andrew Balfour.  Balfour writes: “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.”


Revolving around Elizabethan choral music by Byrd, Tallis, and Gibbons, the concert will also feature the unique musical perspective of Balfour’s translations of these motets into First Nations languages.  Compositions by Balfour himself will explore universal ideas of governance, diplomacy, and culture, as well as the challenges Indigenous peoples face today. Alongside this program, musica intima has commissioned visual artist Sonny Assu (Liǥwildaʼx̱w of the Kwakwaka’wakw Nations) whose new work will be exhibited at the performance.

Andrew Balfour's participation has been generously supported by our Production Sponsor, The Tuey Foundation.  

Nagamo will be presented as part of St. James' Music Series at St. James' Anglican Church in Downtown Vancouver. 


Poster art by Sonny Assu:

Making a b-line to HaidaBucks, Salmonberry Frap #ftw #starbucksFAIL #lol, 2016.  Digital Intervention on an Emily Carr Painting (Yan, Q.C.I 1912).  Archival Pigment Print. 33" x 22".  Courtesy of the Artist and the Equinox Gallery.


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