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Ulali Project - Upcoming Concert! - Saturday, November 4 - 8:00 to 11:00 p.m.

posted 10 Oct 2017, 14:47 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 6 Nov 2017, 06:45 ]

Native Women in the Arts is pleased to present - in partnership with St. Anne’s Anglican Church - a special concert by the Ulali Project. 

Ulali Project: The a capella trio Ulali was formed in 1987 by original members Pura Fe, Jennifer Kreisberg, and Soni Moreno. The group really hit its stride with their debut album Mahk Jchi. It seemed like that Ulali was everywhere and their songs were played across Turtle Island and around the world. Soon after the phenomenal success of Mahk Jchi, the Miramax film (now a classic film) Smoke Signals was released in theaters. The film by Cheyenne-Arapaho filmmaker Chris Eyre featured the Ulali songs Forgive Our Fathers Suite (aka Wahjeeleh-Yihm) and All My Relations. Both songs were highlighted in some of the film’s most poignant scenes. The film experienced the same tremendous market crossover and international success that Ulali’s music had. Ulali’s audience went off the charts. Ulali traveled extensively throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe performing at venues like Woodstock ‘94, the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, the 1997 Smithsonian’s Folkways 50th Anniversary Gala at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, the 1998 WOMAD Festival in Seattle, the 1998 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, V Day 2001 at Madison Square Garden, the 2001 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City. In 2004 they performed at the Kennedy Center and the National Mall for the opening of the new Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian. The list goes on in a wide range of impressive venues and benefit performances. They performed in Canada and abroad in Brazil, Corsica, Fiji, Germany, Italy, Japan, Morocco, New Caledonia and Portugal.

The current incarnation of Ulali Project reformed in 2014. Their first performance was at the River People Music Festival in North Carolina, a festival celebrating southeastern American Indian music and traditions. Their haunting voices and rich percussion have connected with audiences across the United States, and they have shared their music in honour of environmental causes and Indigenous justice issues. The group-currently made up of original founders Pura Fe and Jennifer Kreisberg, along with new members Charly Lowry and Layla Locklear-brings together a unique blend of Native American music, including jazz, folk, and soul.
This concert is part of the Kwe Performance Series. Kwe means life giver/life carrier in Anishinaabemowin (Ojibway). The iskwe (women) in our community give us life, carry our teachings and culture, and pass these responsibilities from one generation to another. Indigenous women artists are bringers of life through their artistic practice.

Native Women and the Arts, NWIA, is a not-for-profit organization for First Nations, Inuit and Métis women who share the common interest of art, culture, community and the advancement of Indigenous peoples.

  • Adults $20.00
  • Elders, Students, Underemployed & Art Workers $10.00
The concert will take place in St. Anne's Church, 270 Gladstone Avenue.