At the crossroads of Inuit and Mongolian throat singing, Oktoecho (Montreal) and Orchid Ensemble (Vancouver) propose an updated reading of free trade through the language of music.
This mixed-media concert brings together Inuit, Mongolian, Chinese, Japanese, European and Arabic music. Katajjaq and khoomei are ancestral throat singing techniques that reproduce the sounds heard in nature: flowing water, blowing wind, mountain echoes, bird calls... They are also major themes in traditional Chinese music.
Katia Makdissi Warren - artistic director, composition et oud
Lydia Etok - artistic director and inuit throat singing (katajjaq)
Caroline Novalinga - inuit throat singing (katajjaq)
Michel Dubeau - shakuachi, duduk, suhling, futujara et bass clarinet
Bertil Schulrabe - percussions
Didem Basar - kanun
Khalil Moqadem - oud
Lan Tung - artistic director, composition et ehru
Dailin Hsieh - zheng/Chinese zither
Jonathan Bernard - percussions
Anand Arvimed - mongolian throat signing
Founded in 1997, the JUNO-nominated Orchid Ensemble is considered "one of the most adventurous groups bringing together Eastern and Western musical traditions" (Georgia Straight). The ensemble has embraced a wide variety of styles in its repertoire, ranging from Taiwanese and Chinese music to world music, new music and creative improvisation. Its highly acclaimed interdisciplinary productions merge music, dance (contemporary, aerial, flamenco, Chinese...etc), visual arts and media arts. The ensemble collaborates with artists from different genres, exploring new terrain and breaking boundaries.
Anand Avirmed is a 21-year-old Mongolian musician born in Washington DC. Since his youth, Anand has performed traditional Mongolian folk music at many cultural events. As he grew up, his desire to expand his musical knowledge and understanding of all Mongolian cultures, from the Kalmyks in the west to the Yakuts in the north, and everything in between, strengthened his knowledge and understanding of his great heritage. Anand also plays a wide range of musical instruments from Mongolia, Central and Western Asia, including the morin khuur, tovshuur, doshpoluur, igil, guitar, jew's harp, piano and bass guitar.
Crédit photo : Diane Smithers