April 7, 2022 05:30-07:00pm

Equitable Collaborations Between the Western Music World & Native Music

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April 7

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05:30 pm - 07:00 pm

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Community Conversations

Community Conversations is a speaker series seeking to engage others in dialogue about important issues in arts education.

Equitable Collaborations Between the Western Music World and Native Music

Chris Newell, Co-founder/Director of Education, Akomawt Educational Initiative

Music connects humanity across cultures. But what does a successful collaboration of music across vastly different cultures look like?

Chris Newell recently collaborated with Wabanaki performers and 18-time Grammy-winning cellist Yo-Yo Ma to welcome the day on the coast of Wabanaki homelands with music.

What can be learned from the process of this collaboration? What are the benefits for us all? Chris will discuss the unique challenges of this collaboration and include practical advice about the processes that led to its success both musically and beyond the performance.

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Chris Newell is co-founder/director of education for Akomawt Educational Initiative; a majority Native-owned educational consultancy based in Connecticut and author of Scholastic’s If You Lived During the Plimoth Thanksgiving. He is a multi-award-winning museum professional born and raised in Motahkmikuhk (Indian Township, ME) and a proud citizen of the Passamaquoddy Tribe at Indian Township. He also serves on the Board of Trustees for the New England Museum Association, Tides Institute, and Maine Public.

Chris is a long-time singer with the acclaimed Mystic River singers based out of Connecticut and has traveled the US and Canada singing and participating in cultural celebrations, pow wows, and live stage performance. Chris was the Senior Advisor for the Emmy-award winning document Dawnland and co-director of the short documentary Weckuwapok (The Approaching Dawn) (2022) chronicling a historic sunrise concert collaboration in 2021 with Wabanaki musicians/storytellers and 18-time Grammy-winning cellist Yo-Yo Ma.

This Community Conversation will be held over a live Zoom video conference. Details will be sent to all Eventbrite RSVPs.

Community Conversations is a series of workshops with CMCB staff that seeks to engage others in dialogue about important issues in arts education. We want the voices of our students, parents and partners to be heard. Join us to learn and share your experiences.

Additional information about registration and other events can be found at www.cmcb.org. This event is free for all to attend; please consider making a donation to CMCB to support this work.

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