The Fusion Sessions: Alan Syliboy and the Thundermakers

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Featuring
Alan Syliboy and the Thundermakers:
Alan Syliboy, vocals and drum
Evan Syliboy, guitar
Aaron Prosper, vocals and hand drum
Joanne Hatfield, vocals, percussion, flute, and guitar
Lukas Pearse, fretless electric bass

The Thundergirls:
Sarah Prosper, interpretive dancer
Tehya Milliea, fancy shawl dancer
Patience Syliboy, jingle dancer

Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser, conductor/host

Symphony Nova Scotia musicians
Étienne Chénard, viola; Rachel Desoer, cello; Eileen Walsh, bass clarinet; Chris Palmer, bassoon; David Parker, horn; D’Arcy Gray, percussion

On the program
Honour Song
Signal Fire
Dream Canoe
I’ko
The Owl

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Millbrook First Nation’s Alan Syliboy is a visionary, multi-disciplinary, multi-award-winning Mi’kmaw artist. Together with his band The Thundermakers, he weaves together storytelling, spoken word, improvisation, dance, and multimedia art to create a deep, immersive musical tapestry that explores the themes of searching, spirituality, struggle, and reconciliation. Now, for the very first time, Alan shares his groundbreaking art with Symphony Nova Scotia musicians in an intimate, evocative exploration of Mi’kmaw creativity and spirit.


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ABOUT THE MUSIC

THE HONOUR SONG

Transcription © George Paul, Metepenagiag First Nation
Kepmite’tmnej ta’n teli l’nuwulti’kw
Nikma’jtut mawita’nej
Kepmite’tmnej ta’n wettapeksulti’k
Nikma’jtut apoqnmatultinej
Apoqnmatultinej ta’n Kisu’lkw teli ika’luksi’kw
Wla wskitqamu eya eya

Wey u we he haiya, Weu we he haiya
Wey u we he haiya, Weu we he haiya
Wey u we he haiya,
Wey u we he haiya, Weu we he haiya

Translation
Let us greatly respect our nativeness
My people let us gather
Let us greatly respect our aboriginal roots
My people let us help one and other
Let us help one and other according to the Creator’s
intention for putting us on this planet.

Wey u we he haiya, Weu we he haiya
Wey u we he haiya, Weu we he haiya
Wey u we he haiya,
Wey u we he haiya, Weu we he haiya