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(Un)Forgotten Voices ‑ Le Tombeau de Barbeau

(Un)Forgotten Voices – Le Tombeau de Barbeau, by Jérôme Blais

Sunday, January 10, 2016, 7:30 p.m.  

Sir James Dunn Theatre, Dalhousie Arts Centre

Presented by Vocalypse Productions in partnership with Upstream Music Association and Dalhousie University

(Un)Forgotten Voices - Le Tombeau de Barbeau is a multimedia show based on the work of Canadian folklorist Marius Barbeau (1883-1969), who many consider the father of Canadian ethnomusicology. In the first half of the 20th century, Barbeau collected thousands of songs, tales and artifacts all across Canada. Even though some aspects of his legacy are now considered controversial and therefore disputed, the fact remains that he is responsible for gathering and preserving a cultural heritage that might be otherwise unknown to most of us.

The show represents Jérôme Blais’ very personal commentary on Barbeau’s work, in particular the massive collection of wax roll recordings found at the Canadian Museum of Civilization. It is sung in several different languages: French (from Quebec and Acadia), Huron-Wendat (Quebec, Oklahoma), Maliseet, Tsimshian (northern coast of British Columbia) and English.

Janice Jackson, singer, producer
Derek Charke, flutes
Eileen Walsh, clarinets
Sue Sayle, viola
Norman Adams, cello
Lukas Pearse, double bass
D’Arcy Gray, percussion
Jérôme Blais, composition, arrangements, artistic direction

Image: Portrait of Marius Barbeau by Gwen Lamont, with detail from a drum by Alan Syliboy.

Jérôme Blais acknowledges the fact that this show will be presented on unceded Mi’kmaw territory.