Alanis Obomsawin - Live at Le Guess Who? 2017

Filmmaker and songwriter Alanis Obomsawin performed songs from her 1985 album ‘Bush Lady’ live for the first time at Le Guess Who? 2017, featuring music of the Native American Abenaki people. The performance was curated by Jerusalem In My Heart, and also included 2 never recorded songs: 'La Berceuse' & 'The Spirit Of The River'.

About Alanis Obomsawin
Alanis Obomsawin received worldwide acclaim as a filmmaker and visual artist. Her work is binded by crusading for the rights and well being of indigenous populations while simultaneously celebrating their culture and heritage. Lesser known but equally impressive are her endeavors as a lyricist and musician. Obomsawin has sung since the 60s, performing for humanitarian causes at universities, museums, prisons, festivals and art centres. Her 1985 album ‘Bush Lady’, which she performed at LGW, features traditional songs of the Native American Abenaki people, as well as original compositions.

Alanis Obomsawin: voice
Radwan Ghazi Moumneh: percussion
Irma Vos: alto flute
Marianne Noordink: flute
Merel Junge: violin
Abel Rodriguez Garcia: violin

Watch Alanis Obomsawin perform 'Bush Lady', 'Odana' and 'Of The Earth & Of The Sea / La Berceuse' at the festival:

Audio recorded by Marc Broer at Le Guess Who? 2017 on Sunday, 12 November. Recordings made in cooperation with VPRO / Vrije Geluiden.

Photography by Melanie Marsman. 

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