Almost Live episode 136
Highlights from musica intima’s outstanding spring 2023 vocal music concert. Originally performed live in April 2023, (re)birth was musica intima’s thirtieth anniversary concert. Celebrating music from composer friends new and old, you’ll hear past commissions from Vancouverites Kristopher Fulton and the late Jocelyn Morlock, new works from Canadian composers Tracy Wong and Tawnie Olson, and songs from Indigenous composers Sherryl Sewepagaham and Andrew Balfour – the latter from his JUNO-nominated NAGAMO project. With music and texts exploring life, death, human connection and our relationship with the natural world, (re)birth acknowledges our past while looking towards the future.
Host Amy Amantea will be joined by VocalEye’s artist in residence, good friend and one of the ensemble vocalists, Deanna Gestrin.
Presented in partnership with musica intima
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About music intima
Founded in 1992, musica intima has grown from collaborative grassroots beginnings to a fully professional vocal ensemble which has championed Canadian music on stages around the world, garnering two Western Canadian Music Awards and three JUNO Award nominations. The ensemble is now internationally known for pushing the boundaries of traditional choral performance and offering new perspectives on ensemble singing. One of Canada’s most esteemed vocal ensembles, musica intima’s unique shared leadership model invites each of the 12 members to be co-artistic directors of the group, exchanging ideas freely and exploring their individual musical creativity.
musica intima strives to be a role model in “going beyond the land acknowledgement” both in the arts communities, and beyond, as they weave Indigenous stories into the fabric of local and national society through collaborations with artists across disciplines and leadership in diverse programming. The groundbreaking collaboration NAGAMO, with Cree composer Andrew Balfour, demonstrates this commitment to art and society – generating a JUNO-Nominated, WCMA winning album, but also providing a platform for musica intima to demonstrate their commitment to education and outreach through multiple cross-Canada tours, working with thousands of young singers and artists on collaboration and fostering the decolonization of the choral arts.