June 29, 2017
I Pity The Country (Pt. 2)
An operatic tenor takes turn-of-the-century field recordings out of the museum and back to their original community by fusing them with new, avant-garde songs.
Aliya Pabani
Host & Producer
Kevin Sexton

Back when people were still recording on wax cylinders, an anthropologist went into the Wolastoq river basin to make field recordings of the songs of the region. The ones that are still intact are sitting in a museum in Ottawa. Jeremy Dutcher, a young opera singer, is taking the songs out of the archive and incorporating them into new opera compositions, so that he’s literally singing alongside his ancestors.

The project – “Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa” – is set to be released in the fall.

This is part two of a series. Part one dealt with Native North America Vol. 1, a re-issue of Indigenous folk, rock and country artists from the 60s through the 80s.

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