At the heart of the program was a voice intensive residency that enabled participants to examine in-depth the human voice as a primary channel for cultural expression. The vocal intensive was combined with an annual concert series that revealed the spectrum of Indigenous music including folk, rock, traditional, and contemporary music genres, all influenced by their distinct cultures.
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Heavily grounded in the theme of horse culture, Tono spans plains traditions in Asia and North America with a storyline about shamanism (the extraordinary ability to communicate with nature and the spirit world). The production explores the relationship between humans and horses throughout history in terms of work, war, and play.
“They always say write about what you know but when I wrote this book I didn’t know about the emotional nature of a father’s relationship with his son. I didn’t know about the depth and nature of that love. I broke that cardinal rule of writing for this novel.”
Their passion for success is electric, and so is their advice for aspiring artists: “Make it your magnificent obsession to be the very best at your craft,” says RedCloud.
“There’s always someone younger and hungrier who wants it,” adds Lightning. “So study people who are better than you… take a bit of their flavour and make it your own.”
Tanya was first at The Banff Centre through an Indigenous Arts program, Songs Above the Treeline, a sold-out concert featuring Inuit music and culture in 2008. This year she was invited back by Indigenous Arts director Sandra Laronde to take part in the first Indigenous Spotlight during The Banff Centre’s 2014 Midsummer Ball.