Friday Night Live! Jeremy Dutcher

Performer, composer, musicologist and activist Jeremy Dutcher is at the forefront of what some are calling Canada’s Indigenous Renaissance. A classically trained operatic tenor and composer who takes every opportunity to merge his Wolastoq First Nation roots into the music he creates, Dutcher blends distinct musical aesthetics that shift between classical, traditional and pop to form something entirely new. Join us for Jeremy Dutcher live at the DIA in celebration of Indigenous Peoples' Day! 

A member of Tobique First Nation in New Brunswick, Dutcher worked in the archives at the Canadian Museum of History, painstakingly transcribing Wolastoq songs from 1907 wax cylinders. Dutcher heard ancestral voices singing forgotten songs and stories that had been taken from the Wolastoqiyik generations ago. As he listened to each recording, he felt his own musical impulses stirring from deep within. These "collaborative" compositions are collected together on his debut LP, Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa, which won the 2018 Polaris Music Prize.

“Many of the songs were lost because our musical tradition was suppressed by the Canadian government. I'm doing this work because there's only about a hundred Wolastoqey speakers left,” he says. “It's crucial for us to make sure that we're using our language and passing it on to the next generation. If you lose the language, you're not just losing words; you're losing an entire way of seeing and experiencing the world from a distinctly indigenous perspective.” 

7:15 pm: Artist Talk with Jeremy Dutcher


Presented in collaboration with the Arab American National Museum. For more information please visit the AANM website.

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