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David Dalle
Thursday January 28th, 2016 with David Dalle
Christos Hatzis, Tanya Tagaq; lament for the North

Today we hear Christos Hatzis’s “The Awakening” for string quartet and prepared tape. Composed in 1992, this piece represented, as a recent immigrant to Canada, the composer encountering Canada’s native cultures, particularly Inuit singing he heard on a trip to Iqaulit, in the composer’s words “It was composed at a time in my life which might be best be described as a crossroad, musical and otherwise, and was influenced by my own personal awakening to the richness of Canada’s native cultures, and to how immigrant cultures like my own confronted and nearly destroyed them.” The two cultures are represented by Inuit throat singing and the sound of trains. This quartet in one movement was intended to be spiritually affirming, but I admit, I find it to be an exquisite lament. And hearing this dramatic piece, I am not surprised that over two decades later Christos Hatzis was commissioned by the Royal Winnipeg Ballet to compose “Going Home Star” on the subject of Canada’s notorious Indian Residential Schools. We will hear a few excerpts from “Going Home Star” particularly Act I scenes 3-5 which feature Tanya Tagaq and her heartrending lament. We will also hear some of Tanya Tagaq’s own work and the Northern Cree Singers as well as other First Nations music. “Going Home Star” is receiving its Ottawa premiere tonight with the touring Royal Winnipeg Ballet who will be performing it tonight, Friday, Saturday at the NAC. An extraordinary, moving, distressing, uplifting masterpiece, and I believe the most significant Canadian composition which helps shine a light on this most urgent and crucial Canadian subject. GO SEE IT!!! You can hear the entire "Going Home Star" including an interview with Christos Hatzis on my January 7th program: http://cod.ckcufm.com/programs/105/25351.html At the NAC Jan 28, 29, 30: http://nac-cna.ca/en/event/11175
String Quartet no. 1 (The Awakening)
Christos Hatzis/St. Lawrence String Quartet - Awakening - EMI Classics Canadian
Going Home Star Act I scenes 3-5: Living by the Bell/In the Residential School
Christos Hatzis/Tanya Tagaq, Steve Wood and the Northern Cree Singers, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Tadeusz Biernacki - Going Home Star: Truth and Reconciliation - Canadian Music Centre Canadian New
Tulugak
Tanya Tagaq - Animism - Six Shooters Records Canadian
Cold Wind
Leela Gilday - Heart of the People - Diva Sounds Records Canadian
Here To Stay
Northern Cree Singers - Here To Stay - Canyon Records Canadian
Going Home Star Act II scene 4: Morning Song
Christos Hatzis/Tanya Tagaq, Steve Wood and the Northern Cree Singers, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Tadeusz Biernacki - Going Home Star: Truth and Reconciliation - Canadian Music Centre Canadian New
Endless Sands of the Taklimakan
Orchid Ensemble - Road to Kashgar - Independent Canadian
Guerye doram
Sahiba Dovlatshaeva, Djonbaz Doshanbiev, Mokhtar Muborakkadamov, Ghulamsho Safarov, Shodikhon Mabatkulov - Songs and Music from Badakhchan - Naive
Lli songs
Ayshamgul Manat, Abdulaziz Hashimov, Abdurashid Nadirev, Aripjan Muhamadov, Abdughani Tokhtiev, Akram Hashimov - Music of the Uighurs, Traditions of Lli and Kashgar - Inedit
Loyko, a trio of Russian gypsies, will be in Ottawa this Saturday, playing at Woodroffe United Church , 207 Woodroff Avenue, 7:30pm. They are incredible live!
For more information email at miriadevent@rogers.com or call 613-731-0476
Two Angels
Loyko - Two Angels - Loyko
Gambrinus
Loyko - The Fortuneteller - Arklow Records
Interactive CKCU
André
Great show!

3:57 PM, January 28th, 2016