Festival to celebrate story and song

photo courtesy of Northern Arts & Cultural Centre Yellowknife's Quantum Tangle – Grey Gritt, left, and Tiffany Ayalik – will appear in Hay River at the Ko K'e Music and Spoken Word Festival on Oct. 17.

photo courtesy of Northern Arts & Cultural Centre
Yellowknife’s Quantum Tangle – Grey Gritt, left, and Tiffany Ayalik – will appear in Hay River at the Ko K’e Music and Spoken Word Festival on Oct. 17.

The Ko K’e Music and Spoken Word Festival will make a stop in Hay River on Oct. 17.

The festival, which is being presented by the Northern Arts and Cultural Centre (NACC) in Yellowknife, will feature two acts.

Quantum Tangle – consisting of Yellowknife performers Grey Gritt and Tiffany Ayalik –combines throatsinging, haunting melodies and traditional legends.

Pianist Natasha Duchene and violinist Andrea Bettger, two more performers from Yellowknife, weave stories and songs together on stage.

Marie Coderre, the executive and artistic director with NACC, said it is going to be a great show.

Coderre said Quantum Tangle offers a mix of music and storytelling.

“Tiffany Ayalik is an established actress from here and Grey Gritt is a blues songwriter and folk musician,” she said. “It’s really like a mix of traditional legends with looping fiddle. They create music with the guitar, with throatsinging, and they tell a story at the same time.”

Coderre said people are really in for a treat with Quantum Tangle and the soundscapes they create.

“They are truly, truly outside of the box,” she said. “It’s very innovative what they do.”

And, they share their voices to talk about the social issues affecting indigenous people.

Coderre described the performance of Duchene and Bettger as featuring more music but with a few stories in between.

“It’s going to be the music component part of the storytelling,” she said. “The storytelling component is a little bit more with Quantum Tangle with their music and legends.”

Coderre said Bettger, who once lived in Hay River, blends her fiddle music with the piano of Duchene, and they both have beautiful voices.

“It’s a show that will have a really strong rhythm,” she said of the Ko K’e Music and Spoken Word Festival. “It’s not something very static. It’s not like the traditional storytelling with a microphone, not at all.”

The Ko K’e Music and Spoken Word Festival will be presented at Riverview Cineplex on Oct. 17, beginning at 7 p.m.

NAAC is bringing the festival to six NWT communities this month and featuring a variety of performers.

–Paul Bickford