Today, JPL features state-of-the-art facilities for media arts, photography and sound recording. It’s the perfect place to host installations during Convergence: an international summit on art + technology at The Banff Centre from November 27 – 29.
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.
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.