Moana and the Tribe (Maori) led by the outstanding “diva of Maori song” Moana Maniapoto, headlines our concert. This groups has wowed international audiences since 2002. They have made CDs (Rua 1998, as Moana and the Moahunters; Tahi 2002; Toru 2003) and a DVD (Live and Proud, 2003). Drawing on traditional song or dance forms such as haka and tauparapara,  in combination with modern popular idioms, their work has led the way among Maori revitalization inititatives and taken New Zealand Indigenous music to new heights. The “tribe” often consists of eight artists but at the Toronto concert, Moana will be joined by Trina Maniapoto and  Cossar Cadzow. Off=stage, Moana is part of the ward-winning documentary team with partner Toby Mills, operating as Tawera & Black Pearl Productions. In 2004, Moana received the New Zealand Order of Merit, and a year later was awarded Te Tohu Hahi Hou a Te Waka Toi in recognition of outstanding leadership and artistic achievement.


Frode Fjellheim (Sámi) has roots in Røros, Norway, where his family still work as traditional reindeer herders.  He was raised partially in Karasjok, a Sámi community that has been at the center of the cultural renaissance that flourished since the 1970s.  Trained as a keyboard performer and composer in Trondheim, where he now lives and produces most of his audio work, he describes his vocal production as “joik-inspired.” His projects often incorporate traditional elements with a wide range of other styles from jazz (he founded the JazzJoik Ensemble),  world/music/pop (Transjoik),  and classical music (in his recent mass and opera.  He has developed an Indigenous-centred music curriculum for use in Nordic schools, and has produced CDs by his own groups as well as Ulla Pirttijarvi and other artists.


Ulla Pirttijarvi (Sámi) is a Finnish Sámi traditional and contemporary joik artist who was recently awarded the Nils Aslak Valkeapaa prize for her contribution to the maintenance of the Sámi musical tradition. Her career began as a member of the widely known Sámi trio, Angelin Tytöt (later called Girls of Angeli, now simply Angelit), but in 1997, she began a solo career with her first album, Ruossa Eanan (Russian Land). The CDs Máttaráhku askai (In our foremothers arms; Time Warner Finland, 2002) and Áibbašeabmi (Longing; Time Warner Finland, 2008) With Frode Fjellheim, she has performed, and toured internationally and produced the two most recent CDs. Ulla lives in Utsjoki on the Tanna River in northern Finland.


John-Carlos Perea (Mescalero Apache, Irish, German) is a Northern Plain style powwow singer, cedar flutist, electric bass guitarist, and ethnomusicologist. Born in New Mexico and resident in California, he has performed with many eminent Native American artists, been a singer and sometimes co-leader of powwow groups including the Sweetwater Singers and the Stanford IDA Singers, and has also been active in the jazz and improvisation scenes in the San Francisco region. In 2007 he toured with the Paul Winter Consort after producing their latest CD Crestone which was a 2008 Grammy award winner.  On top of all this performance activity, he is a Ph.D. candidate in Ethnomusicology at the University of California in Berkeley.


Taqralik Partridge (Innk, Scottish) was raised in Kuujuak in the northern region of Quebec, known as Nunavik. She now lives in Montreal where she is the Communication Director at the Avataq Cultural Centre, a unique Inuit organization that endeavours to raise awareness about Inuit traditional culture and Inuit artists. Well known for the past decade as a throat singer with her performance partner Nina Segalowitz, she has recently turned to word art in which, as one reviewer described it, she “mixes northern storytelling with southern slang.” Writing about experiences in the North as well as Inuit life in urban centres, she sometimes collaborates with DJ Mad Eskimo.


Amy Ku’uleialoha Stillman  (Hawaiian) studied mele hula with traditional teachers and has taught these arts in California, Michigan, Ontario, and elsewhere. With a Ph.D. from Harvard (1991), she is Associate Professor of American Culture and Director of Asian/Pacaific Islander American Studies at the University of Michigan.  She has written  Sacred Hula. The Historic Hula’Ala’apapa, published by the Bishop Museum Press in 1998 and has published on a wide variety of Polynesian music and dance topics in journals and anthologies.


Dr. Joe Gumbula is a senior elder and songman from the North East Arnhem Land community of Galiwin'ku will perform songs from his clan's manikay series accompanied on yidaki (didjeridu) by his colleague Dr Aaron Corn. Professor Allan Marett will then sing wangga songs from the Daly region of Northern Australia. Marett has been authorised to sing to sing these songs by senior elders, and will be accompanied by Dr Gumbula on kenbi (didjeridu).


Per Niila Stålka (Sámi) performs the distinctive yoiks of the region of northern Sweden where he grew up.  As a researcher at the Atjje Museum in Jokkmokk until recently, he has been one of three coordinators for the transnational “Sámi yoik project,” an EU funded initiative that catalogued over 8,000 yoiks in archives in Norway, Sweden and Finland, and digitized more than 280 tapes.  He now lives in Goteborg, Sweden.


Andre Morriseau (Ojibway) Fort William First Nation.  Presently Mr. Morriseau is the Secretariat of the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation. He is a long time community arts advocate and supporter.  Mr. Morriseau is a Board Member of the Ontario Arts Council and a member of the City of Toronto's Aboriginal Committee.  In his spare time when he is not doing freelance radio work, you will likely find him on stage somewhere hosting an event.