Indigenous Music Creators Project

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Our Indigenous Music Creators project is an innovative, music-driven initiative that supports professional and emerging Aboriginal music creators and composers that seek to create and/or score music for dance and theatre. This project will provide a stimulus to Aboriginal musicians, singers, music creators and composers in a highly interactive and intimate learning environment.


The project will cover core topics including composition, notation, ambience (colour) and rhythm, working with traditional and contemporary genres, working collaboratively, working with soloists and pre-formed ensembles. Musicians will also benefit from a performance opportunity that will be held at the New Array Space in downtown Toronto.

Bios of the Facilitators:
Jerod Tate is a renowned and highly respected composer and musician from Oklahoma City. He is dedicated to the development of First Nations classical composition. Jerod has won numerous awards, garnered commissions, and brings a tremendous knowledge base from his Chickasaw roots. His deep sense of cultural integrity and commitment to Indigenous values imbues every aspect of his work. He pushes the boundaries of Indigenous music in his compositions and live performances, and fuses Indigenous traditional to classical to produce his own blend of traditional and contemporary styles without compromising either form.

Rick Sacks is a long-time collaborator with Red Sky and a gifted award-winning composer. His previous musical compositions for Red Sky include: Caribou Song, Tono, Migration, and inSIGNia. As a composer, Rick created the music and sound for Roseneath Children’s Theatre productions of Danny, King of the Basement, Rock and the Queen of Dreams, The Incredible Speed of Jamie Cavanaugh and Wrecked. He founded the PhenomeNONsemble which he used as a platform for his unique performance works mixing contemporary music practices with theatre techniques. Currently, Rick is the artistic director of Array New Music in Toronto, and has created scores for theatre, dance and film.

ArrayMusic, 155 Walnut Ave Toronto
(between Adelaide and Richmond Street)

Red Sky/ArrayMusic

Workshop: August 5, 6, 7, 2013 (10 am – 4 pm)
Concert: August 7, 2013 at 8 pm

July 22, 2013 at 6pm


  1. Statement: A brief statement as to why you want to be part of this program and your expectations and goals of the program (200 words maximum).
  2. Resume: A resume of your previous musical activities and/or accomplishments (one page maximum).
  3. Sample: A sample of work in digital audio such as an mp3, CD format (5-15 minutes in length), or web link (ie, myspace, youtube).
  4. Fee: Send a cheque for $100 for workshop fee payable to Red Sky Performance.

(scholarships are available upon request)

Indigenous Music Creators Project
Red Sky Performance
401 Richmond Street West, Suite 420
Toronto, ON M5V 3A8

All participants are encouraged to apply, but priority will be given to Aboriginal music creators and composers.

Participants will be notified by July 25, 2013

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