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 also included 2 never recorded songs: 'La Berceuse' & 'The Spirit Of The River'. Listen to the full, mesmerizing set below:
Alanis Obomsawin: voice
Radwan Ghazi Moumneh: percussion
Irma Vos: alto flute
Marianne Noordink: flute
Merel Junge: violin
Abel Rodriguez Garcia: violin
Audio recorded by Marc Broer, in cooperation with VPRO / Vrije Geluiden.
Alanis Obomsawin - Odana, live at Le Guess Who? 2017:
Alanis Obomsawin - Bush Lady, live at Le Guess Who? 2017:
Alanis Obomsawin - Of The Earth & Of The Sea / La Berceuse, live at Le Guess Who? 2017:
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.
Photography by Melanie Marsman.