Eagle and Hawk to play with WSO at Indigenous Festival

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Internationally acclaimed rock group Eagle & Hawk will collaborate with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra (WSO) at the first ever Indigenous Festival on April 29 and 30, 2009 at the Burton Cummings Theatre. The festival will also include numerous other aboriginal acts from Manitoba and across the country. Eagle & Hawk will play a 70 minute set with new scores being arranged from the Eagle & Hawk discography.

Vince Fontaine, band spokesperson for Eagle & Hawk,solicited the WSO during their performance with world class violinist Richard Moody last year. This concert was a part of the Red Road Music live broadcast for CBC Radio 2.

“This will be different from any other work we have ever done before, as we will have to stay disciplined in our arrangements,” says Fontaine, “We are usually an improvisational band and we like to put in a lot of audience participation. This will be a new experience for Eagle & Hawk.”

World renowned Charles Cozens of Toronto will be charting the songs, supporting Eagle & Hawk’s traditional sound. Cozen has conducted symphonies across the country, and is considered to be one of Canada’s premiere composers. Winnipeg’s Andrew Balfour will be curating the festival, which will include music, art, singing, dancing, and multi-media expression. Balfour specializes in Aboriginal choral arrangements on a worldwide scale.

Once the festival is over, Eagle & Hawk will have the opportunity to tour internationally and perform their score with other orchestras.

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