I had to decline performing at the Kazoo! Fest this year due to travel distance, but my friends at the festival asked me if I would consider writing an article about Ziibiwan for their blog.
Ziibiwan is an emerging artist that I hugely respect, and I recommend checking out his album.
READ: Why Ziibiwan is Awesome by Melody Megwe-aanakwad McKiver
Aaniin dash Ziibiwan gi-maamakaadendaagozi na?
It seems most appropriate to ask “Why Ziibiwan is awesome” in Anishinaabemowin. Translations between English and Anishinaabemowin, the traditional language of the Anishinaabeg peoples, are always a messy business. Words and concepts don’t always smoothly transition between languages and cultures. These transitions get further impeded after centuries of colonial trauma. I’m questioning my own grammatical translation as I write this, and I know that Ziibiwan and I share similar familial histories of language loss and reclamation amidst Canada’s ongoing colonial violence against Indigenous peoples – even children. That undercurrent of resistance percolates amidst our music, both of us (predominantly) instrumental composers.
I was asked to write an article for the Canadian Music Centre’s online publication Ontario Notations.
Check out our most recent issue of Notations! We feature an article by CMC Associate Composer John Beckwith regarding his piece Wendake/Huronia, written to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Samuel Champlain’s voyage to Lake Huron; however, Beckwith also seeks to reflect the impact of colonialism on First Nations communities in the region. Melody McKiver contributes a thought-provoking commentary on the public commemoration of Canada’s colonial past, and how indigenous artists assert their identities and histories in such a cultural climate. We also feature an interview with artist Ange Loft regarding her Idle No More community project, and we contrast different approaches to artistic research and collaboration that seek to represent the experiences of First Nations communities. (emphasis added)
A direct link to the publication in pdf format is available here.
I co-authored this article about A Tribe Called Red with Elling Lien of The Scope (RIP, Scope) about the group’s first visit to Newfoundland. Check it out here.
I’m happy to announce that I am beginning a year-long residency with Artengine and Apartment613 as Critical Blogging Resident. I’m excited to begin this partnership with a trip to the Elektra Festival in Montreal from May 1-5, and will be using the blogs throughout the next year as creative spaces for critical discourse around the media arts and creative technological expression.
http://www.artengine.ca/news/2013/melody-mckiver-en.phpMovie Carol (2015)
I recently wrote a blog post for the Decolonization Journal’s blog sharing some of my thoughts on colonization, language loss, renewal, and steps forward for Idle No More.
Check it out here: How do you say Idle No More in Anishinaabemowin?
Watch movie online Get Out (2017)
It was my great pleasure to attend the imagineNATIVE Film & Media Arts Festival this year. I wrote up a recap for my neechies over at RPM.fm with a focus on the music. Artists featured during the festival included my good friend Nick Sherman, who is an up-and-coming singer-songwriter to watch.
Check out the recap here.