Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa

  • Type: Music
  • By: Jeremy Dutcher
  • Age Category: Adults
  • Genre: Vocal
  • Recommended by: Morgan D.
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Haunting Western re-imaginings of indigenous Wolastoqiyik music by one of the nation's illustrious sons

I was led to Jeremy Dutcher by his costumes on Instagram. The First Nations two-spirit composer and classical tenor has -- in addition to a slew of prizes for his first album -- a real flair for the dramatic. He's also an astonishing musical historian, and, having discovered a set of century-old wax cylinder recordings of his tribe's music, has created a gorgeous, multi-genre concept album reimagining the songs. I get this haunting, soaring music in my head constantly now, and am amazed by Dutcher's rich voice, and his ability to create futuristic soundscapes out of cultural memory.