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Mali Obomsawin

July 19

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Wabanaki bassist, composer, and songwriter Mali Obomsawin’s music flies in the face of Western tropes that insist Indigenous cultures are monolithic, trapped in time. Highlighting centuries of clever adaptation and resistance in her own community, Obomsawin points toward abundant horizons for Indigenous peoples.

Mali Obomsawin is co-presented with the Center for Indigenous Studies at Bard.

 

Artist Talk

Friday, July 19th at 2 pm
Blithewood Manor, Bard College
All are welcome to this free artist talk (no registration is required).

Please join Bard College’s Center for Indigenous Studies for an artist talk with Mali Obomsawin and Angelica Sanchez. A light reception will follow the talk; afterward, head to the Spiegeltent for Mali Obomsawin’s 8 pm performance!

Artist Bios

Mali Obomsawin

Wabanaki bassist, composer, and songwriter Mali Obomsawin’s music flies in the face of Western tropes that insist Indigenous cultures are monolithic, trapped in time. Highlighting centuries of clever adaptation and resistance in her own community, Obomsawin points toward abundant horizons for Indigenous peoples. maliobomsawin.com

 

Angelica Sanchez

Pianist, composer, and educator Angelica Sanchez relocated to New York from Arizona in 1995. Since making the move to the East Coast, Sanchez has collaborated with esteemed artists such as Wadada Leo Smith, Paul Motian, Richard Davis, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Nicole Mitchell, and Rob Mazurek, among others. Notably, Sanchez leads various groups, including her latest ensemble, the Nonet.

Her musical contributions have garnered recognition in both national and international publications, including Jazz Times, The New York Times, The Wire, and Downbeat, among others. Sanchez received the 2024 Rockefeller Brothers Pocantico artist residency, the 2022 Civitella Fellowship in Italy, and most recently the Jazz Gallery Composition Fellowship.

The piano duo project “How to Turn the Moon,” featuring Marilyn Crispell, was voted one of the top 50 best recordings in 2020 by NPR critics. Additionally, The New York Times selected her album “Sparkle Beings” as one of the top ten Jazz recordings of 2022. Furthermore, her Nonet recording, “Nighttime Creatures,” was recognized as one of the “Best recordings in 2023” by Downbeat Magazine and featured on NPR’s Fresh Air. 

Angelica Sanchez holds a Master’s Degree in Arranging from William Paterson University and currently serves on the faculty at Bard College.

From the Artist

“Telling Indigenous stories through the language of jazz is not a new phenomenon. My people have had to innovate endlessly to get our stories heard—learning to express ourselves in French, English, Abenaki, but sometimes words fail us, and we must use sound.”—Mali Obomsawin

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