First Nations Music/Theatre/Film collaborations

Here is a partial list of First Nations projects that I have had the honour of working on:

2016-A Road Storyin progress-Canada Council award to write a play based on the Chilcotin War of 1864. After having met four of the Chiefs of the Tshilqot’in Nation I have been given permission to pursue, with their guidance, this most important story of  government collusion to introducing smallpox into their Nation with the intent of annihilating them and thus meeting no resistance to the ‘gold’ road being built through their territories to the goldfields of Barkerville.

2010-BEYOND EDEN/The World Is As Sharp As A Knife-Theatre Calgary/Vancouver Playhouse, Arena Stage Washington DC-Cultural and Artistic collaborator Gwaai Edenshaw. Directed by Dennis Garnhum. In 1957 a group of anthropologists and archaeologists traveled to a cluster of remote islands in the North Pacific Ocean to remove the last remaining ancient totem poles from the deserted Haida village known as Ninstints or Sqa’ngwai to the Haida. The expedition was organized and led by the young genius archaeologist/anthropologist Wilson Duff and his Haida friend, Bill Reid. What they encountered on this expedition changed them all, forever.

2011-New Journeys– CD and performance project with Haida singer Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson and Haida artist Robert Davidson. Many awards and award nominations including the Canadian Aboriginal Music Award -Best Female Vocalist- for Ms. Williams-Davidson’s performance on the CD.

2005- The Healing Heart Of The First People Of This Land-a commission from revered Lushootseed Elder, Vi Hilbert for The Seattle Symphony; conducted by Maestro Gerard Schwarz. This fifty minute work formed a centre piece for the Symphony’s Made In America festival and was performed to a sold out Mark Taper Auditorium in Seattle.

1998/2002/2008/2013-The Spirit Of Haida Gwaii-In collaboration with Haida Artist and poet Bill Reid. A thirty minute choral/orchestra/Baritone/Mezzo soprano oratorio.

2009- VIGIL– a thirty minute work for mixed voices and string quartet. First performed and recorded in Vancouver. This work pays homage to and honours the murdered and missing women of the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver and the Highway of Tears. All of the known missing women at the time the composition was performed are named in the piece.

2006-Finding Dawn– National Film Board of Canada-Directed and written by Metis Filmmaker Christine Welsh. This is Ms. Welsh’s documentary about the murdered and missing indigenous women of Canada. I scored this project and provided music supervision.

2000- The Story Of The Coast Salish Knitters-National Film Board of Canada-Metis filmmaker Christine Welsh’s documentary telling the historical and cultural story of the Knitters. I scored this film.

2010- Jesus Indian-8 minute music video written and directed by Dene poet, playwright Marie Clements. I wrote the music for the video. Leela Gilday vocals.

2010-The Edward Curtis Project-Written and co-directed by Dene playwright Marie Clements. Vancouver and Ottawa. I scored the play.

2009-Songs of Haida Gwaii-A legacy for the new millennium-This is a thirteen CD box set of digitized recordings taken from wax cylinders, cassettes, 78 records, reel to reel and 33 1/3 records as well as a re-recording of some of the songs by The Rainbow Creek Dancers of Haida Gwaii lead by Robert Davidson. I Produced and did much of the digitizing and I Produced the live recordings.