A Greenland-Nunavut Creative Collaboration
[Nunatsiaq Online] Take some musicians who have never met and put them in front of hundreds of people. To expect a brilliant performance would be to expect bottled lightning or canned heat.
But that’s exactly what Laakkuluk Williamson-Bathory plans to do at an upcoming free concert launching Iqaluit’s portion of the 2016 Arctic Winter Games March 9 at Iqaluit’s Nakasuk elementary school at 7:30 p.m.
To prepare, Greenland and Nunavut musicians will rendezvous in the territory’s capital a few days before the concert to meet and orchestrate an evening of cultural exchange, celebration of shared roots, and — most importantly— raucous jamming.
“There is so little opportunity for this kind of cultural exchange and it’s especially awesome to have it with Inuit, sharing their musicality and sharing their language,” Williamson-Bathory said.
Williamson-Bathory, alongside Iqaluit business owner and former civil servant Victor Tootoo, were appointed by the Arctic Winter Games host society to serve as cultural ambassadors for the games in Iqaluit.
And Williamson-Bathory is tasked with curating Iqaluit’s portion of the festivities.
Celebrated Greenland songwriters Jaakooq Joelson, Jaaku Sørensen and percussionist Jens Nielson will team up with Igloolik’s Joshua Haulli, Iqaluit’s Charlie Panipak and the Inuksuk Drum Dancers for the special one-off performance at Nakasuk school.
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