Thursday August 4
4:00pm, Victoria Park Kincardine
Details to come
Métis Fiddler Quartet
The Métis Fiddler Quartet is a group of Métis siblings born in Winnipeg, Manitoba. As a family they have nurtured a passion for music from an early age. Building on their foundations in classical music studies, they have mentored with Aboriginal elders from across Canada to develop their repertoire of Indigenous Canadian fiddle music. The group’s debut album North West Voyage Nord Ouest won best traditional album at the 2012 Canadian Folk Music Awards.
The group has performed their music for audiences across Canada and internationally; from intimate settings in libraries, museums and schools, to festivals and events such as the 2015 Para-Pan Am Games opening ceremony, the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, the National Aboriginal Achievement Awards, the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, the Mariposa Folk Festival, and the Alianait festival in Iqaluit, Nunavut.
Alyssa is the eldest of the siblings. She started violin in the Suzuki method at the age of three. Growing up in Toronto, Alyssa attended the Royal Conservatory. She pursued her studies abroad, earning a bachelor and a master’s degree in viola performance from the Conservatoire de Lausanne, in Switzerland. Inspired by her Métis heritage, Alyssa collaborated with Métis-Ojibwa elders Teddy Boy Houle and James Flett to produce Oméigwessi: A Tribute to Walter Flett, which won an award for ‘Best Fiddle Album’ at the 2008 Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in Viola performance at the Université de Montreal.
Conlin is the guitarist for the Métis Fiddler Quartet. The eldest of the three brothers, he cultivated his love of music from an early age. He completed his Bachelor of Music at the University of Ottawa, majoring in classical singing performance. Conlin’s university experience included playing electric bass in the U of O Jazz orchestra, audio recording and multimedia projects, a performance of Schubert’s song cycle: Die Schöne Müllerin, as well as lead roles in Mozart operas. He has always been deeply passionate about Métis culture and history, and is currently working on a series of music adapting traditional Métis Folk songs.
Nicholas began his musical studies from a very early age. He had his first violin lesson at the age of 18 months. Ever since that day, he has grown to show an incredible gift for playing the fiddle. As the lead fiddler for the Métis Fiddler Quartet, Nicholas has been instrumental in generating musical ideas, guiding the group’s arrangements, and delighting audiences with his dynamic enthusiasm.
A part of the KSMF FREE 4 O’Clock in the Park concert series Sundays to Fridays July 31 - August 12
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