The world-class National Arts Centre Orchestra and music director Alexander Shelley are bringing their Canada 150 Tour north! Join Shelley, eight musicians from the National Arts Centre Orchestra, and some special guests for a unique, intimate concert of chamber music. Classical meets contemporary in a program including Yellowknife composer Carmen Braden’s string quartet, The Raven Conspiracy, as well as the world premiere of a work featuring throatsinger Sylvia Cloutier and Yellowknife’s own Leela Gilday.
Carmen Braden is a Western Canadian Music Awards-nominated composer-performer from Yellowknife. Carmen’s music is greatly tied to her sub-Arctic soundscape. She draws from various environmental and human phenomena through sonic, visual, sensual and scientific ways of understanding.
Sylvia Cloutier, originally from Kuujjuaq, Nunavik (Northern Quebec) but now living in Iqaluit, is well-known for performing Inuit throatsinging and drum dancing. She has collaborated with many artists all over the world and joined Governor General Michaëlle Jean on a state visit to Norway and Ukraine in 2009.
A passionate singer-songwriter and soulful performer, Leela Gilday has a voice that comes straight from the heart. Confessing her stories to her audiences with a gutsy voice and open stage presence, Gilday weaves her experiences as a Northerner, a member of the Dene nation and a traveller into a beautiful world that transports the listener.