The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra's Indigenous Festival kicked off today with a free noon hour concert at The Forks. Audiences can listen to four great days of music from Indigenous nations from around the globe.
You may be asking yourself what exactly is Indigenous music. It is music that originates by the country's original inhabitants. And those sounds can be traditional or contemporary - as evidenced by the strong Aboriginal music community we have right here in Winnipeg.
If you missed the noon concert by the Japanese drum ensemble Fubuki Daiko, you can catch some other great shows including Change UR Tune on Wednesday night at the Pantages Playhouse. It features up-and-coming Aboriginal musicians from a variety of musical genres like fiddle (Melissa St. Goddard), singer/songwriter (William Prince), country (Ali Fontaine) and hip hop (Joey Stylez, video below). These young musicians will be backed by the WSO and C-Weed.
On Thursday and Friday, the WSO will have two shows in the Masterworks series. That program features Alexander Mickelthwate (conductor) and the WSO, Camerata Nova, Cory Campbell (vocalist), Wu Man (pipa player), Odette Heyn-Projects, and the Bolero Dance Theatre.
If you have never been to a WSO show or checked out the Aboriginal music scene, this is a great introduction to both.