2018 Indian Summer Festival finds Confluence with Jarrett Martineau


Indian Summer Festival

Where: Various venues and times

When: July 5-15

Tickets and info: indiansummerfest.ca

Indian Summer describes itself as “a festival for the curious mind.”

Since 2011, the annual event has pursued that mission statement with impressive results, presenting an eclectic roster of thinkers, creators and Nobel, Booker, Grammy and Oscar prize winners in a wide range of showcases.

Co-founder Sirish Rao brought his experience as a director of one of India’s leading publication houses and literary festivals to Indian Summer, establishing a presence on the local arts scene.

Each year, the festival adopts a theme and develops its events around it. The 2018 theme is “mythmaking,” in all of its varying cultural contexts.

One of the most exciting events taking place around the topic is Confluence (July 7, 9:30 p.m. Imperial, $20-40). The night of music, poetry and song is curated by Cree/Dene broadcaster Jarrett Martineau, who also appears at the 5×15 short lecture series (July 7, 7 p.m. Imperial, $20-40).

Confluence features performances from Anishinaabe writer, musician and academic Leanne Betasamosake Simpson and her group with cellist Cris Derksen, sibling and singer-songwriter Ansley Simpson and Nick Ferrio; Caribbean-American poet Aja Monet; Too Attached, featuring Vivek Shraya and Shamik Bilgi; and Jhalaak, the latest project from Juno Award-winning producer/composer Adham Shaikh, composer Rup Sidhu, and members of Sufi group Rahasthan Josh.

The evening will approach myth making in multiple cultures from a contemporary viewpoint. Given Martineau’s place as a firebrand in the movement to bring contemporary Indigenous arts and philosophy into the mainstream through programs he hosts such as CBC Radio’s Reclaimed, it’s a good fit. Martineau also founded the website rpm.fm and label RPM Records to promote contemporary Indigenous music makers and artists.

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The “Indian” in Indian Summer is widely defined.

“Sirish and I met, and he was talking about diversifying the programming and bringing in new voices to what has been traditionally seen as a South Asian festival and we really connected as he’s running up against the same thing I am with my artists on the label RPM,” said Martineau. “We had this affinity, and thought we could partner up together to do something like Confluence.”

Musician Rup Sidhu had mentioned to Martineau that there …read more

Source:: Vancouver Sun – Entertainment

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