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Okotécho (Montreal)

Okotécho will collaborate with the Orchid Ensemble at Katajjaq meets Khoomei concert at 8pm on June 24 at the Annex.

Lydia Etok and Caroline Novalinga will co-lead the Throat Singing Workshop with Mongolian musician Anand Avirmed at 7pm on June 23 at the Annex.

Lydia Etok – Chant de gorge inuit & co-directrice artistique d’Oktoécho pour le volet autochtone
Originally from Kangiqsualujjuaq in Nunavik, Lydia Etok remained close to her nation by being daily involved in the Makivik Society, which allows her to dedicate her time to developing cultural sensitivity and fostering understanding between people from the north and people from the south, with an approach based on skills development. In the field of creation, she actively participates in numerous projects which allow her to both share and marie her traditions and her culture, through throat singing and traditional tales. Curious by nature, she also gained experience in making traditional and contemporary costumes. She wishes to instill in this multimedia and interactive project her sensitivity, her values, her experience and her commitment to exchanges between different cultures. In collaboration with the Indigenous organizations Feux Sacrés and Avataq, she also participates in the validation of all stages of creation to ensure that her nation is well represented.

Caroline Novalinga – Katajjaq (Inuit throat singing) 加拿大原住民喉音演唱

Michel Dubeau – flutes, shakuhachi, duduk, clarinet, bagpipe
A classically and jazz-trained musician, Michel Dubeau is active in Montreal’s jazz and world music scenes. He excels in tenor and soprano saxophones, clarinet, bass clarinet, and flutes, and uses electronic processing to expand his sound. In 1987, he began to study the shakuhachi with Professor Yoshio Masumoto in Montréal. In 2000 he was awarded a grant by the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec to study the Jin Nyodo style in New York with Ronnie Nyogetsu Reishin Seldin. He then studied with Yoshio Kurahashi from Kyoto and Alcvin Ramos in Vancouver. In addition to the shakuhachi, he plays the shinobue (a Japanese bamboo transverse flute), the Arab nay, the Armenian duduk, the Chinese dizi, the South American qena, the Bulgarian kaval, the Scottish bagpipe, and a number of other wind instruments from all over the world. He has released numerous CDs, including Gakki, Gakki “Chants du nouveau monde”, and Haïku!.

Khalil Moqadem – oud 阿拉伯烏特琴

Khalil Moqadem was trained at the Conservatory of Music of Morocco. He plays the oud and the Andalusian violin. He is an experienced performer in Arabo-Andalusian and Oriental music. He co-founded the Andalusian Orchestra of Montreal in 1998 and the Association Soleil de l’Andalousie de
(ASAM) in 2011, where he served as Artistic Director from 2012 to 2016. His involvement in Andalusian, Moroccan and Oriental music, both in Morocco and Canada, has allowed him to play different musical styles and to adopt a distinct perspective in teaching music in a multicultural context, such as like Montreal. He has participated in numerous festivals and musical events of various genres in Morocco, Europe, and North America, notably with the Oktoecho Ensemble. He has been teaching the oud, the principles of Oriental maqāms, and Andalusian music for over 20 years.
Khalil Moqadem est formé en musique au conservatoire de musique du Maroc. Il joue du Oud, du violon andalou et détient une longue expérience en musiques arabo-andalouse et orientale. Il a cofondé l’Orchestre andalou de Montréal en 1998 et l’Association Soleil de l’Andalousie de Montréal (ASAM) en 2011, au sein de laquelle il a occupé le poste de directeur artistique de 2012 à 2016. Sa longue expérience en musiques andalouse, marocaine et orientale, aussi bien au Maroc qu’au Canada, lui a permis de jouer différents styles et d’adopter une perspective distincte relativement à l’enseignement de la musique dans un contexte multiculturel comme Montréal. Il a participé à de nombreux festivals et à des manifestations musicales de genres variés au Maroc, en Europe et en Amérique du Nord, notamment avec l’Ensemble Oktoecho. Il enseigne l’Oud, les principes des maqāms orientaux et la musique andalouse depuis plus de 20 ans.