Cris Derksen Orchestral Powwow

In this chamber symphonic work, classically-trained Allegra Chamber Orchestra follows the lead of The Chippewa Travellers’ Powwow drum, as they create new forms of music in cellist/composer Cris Derksen’s Orchestral Powwow. Bringing Indigenous music to the centre of the European model, Cris Derksen, The Chippewa Travellers, hoop dancer Nimkii Osawamick, and percussionist Jesse Baird perform this Juno-nominated composition outdoors as part of the 2017 Queer Arts Festival.

“Using older classical tools with Powwow groups is a way I can express the intersections between the old and the new. It brings together both parts of who I am as a Half-Cree, Half- Mennonite Classically Trained Cellist.”

                                                                                                                    — Cris Derksen

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Community Partner: The Canadian Music Centre

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QAF takes place on the traditional, unceded territory of the Coast Salish people, in particular the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ílwəta? (Tsleil-Waututh) nations. We recognize their sovereignty, as there are no treaties on these lands, and we are dedicated to building a new relationship between our nations based on respect and consent.