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Canadian Indigenous composer and musician Jeremy Dutcher won Canada’s esteemed Polaris Music Prize for best album in 2018 with his debut Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa.

The soaring, emotive collection showcases Dutcher’s re-arrangements of rare turn-of-the-century archival recordings of Wolastoqiyik songs, revivifying the recorded voices of his ancestors with post-classical piano arrangements.

Singing in Wolastoqey language spoken by his mother and grandmother, Dutcher’s sonorous tenor recalls Zach ‘Beirut’ Condon, while his re-arrangements veer from Western classical and neo-operatic to jazz and trip hop, woven together with powerful samples of the original field recordings.

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    Jeremy Dutcher