Artpark and Company to present COVER THE WATER and HER MOCCASINS TALK Audio experiences


Artpark & ​​Company presents COVER THE WATER and HER MOCCASINS TALK, the first in a series of free responsive, visionary on-site audio experiences presented in a mobile app designed by The Holladay Brothers, as part of the outdoor season of the SONIC TRAILS festival organized and co-produced by Sozo Creative, from May 15 to September 30, 2021. From a hyper-local and equally global perspective, Sozo Creative and Artpark have brought together some of the most influential voices of BIPOC in the music – the Holladay Brothers, Kronos Quartet, Rhiannon Giddens and Yo-Yo Ma, indigenous artists organized by Michele-Elise Burnett and DJ Spooky – to cultivate sound experiences by exploring the unique geological and historic site of Earl W State Park Brydges Artpark located on the Niagara Gorge, just 7 miles from Niagara. Falls.

Throughout the summer, the public will have the opportunity to explore Artpark with the accompaniment of a variety of art worlds for free, right in their own pockets – an immersive adventure to choose from. To make reservations or for more information, visit

Cover the water

Launch on May 15, 2021

The Holladay Brothers, composers and multimedia artists, are pioneers in location-based experiences: they create and map music to a physical landscape, published as mobile apps, using GPS to dynamically alter the music as the music plays. listener explores his environment. They will launch SONIC TRAILS on May 15 with a retaliation from Cover The Water, an original musical composition by the Holladay Brothers born from the limits of the pandemic and during their artistic residency at Artpark in 2020. The initial project evolved into a larger collaboration between The Holladay Brothers, Sozo and Artpark, who have partnered with the dynamic and inclusive group of artists to bring their compositions to life through the personalized app.

His speech on moccasins: honoring all our relationships

Launch on May 15, 2021

Starting May 15, her Moccasin Talk: Honoring All Our Relationships is an Indigenous journey exploring the natural world with gratitude, based on Haudenosaunee’s Thanksgiving Speech. Organized by Indigenous bridge builder Michele-Elise Burnett, along with local First Nations knowledge keepers, storytellers and singers who will take visitors on an attentive journey led by voice, song, sound and song. nurturing matriarch effects based on thanking all of our relationships. . Along the way, our older and wiser parents will share teachings, indigenous awareness and ways of knowing that emerges from a space within us that is informed and governed by our natural relationship with creation, they will make the experience the landscape of an indigenous prism and will embrace the being. one with the natural world. The path along the Mighty Niagara will help clients to look inward, to face oneself and to use this time to reflect, to think analytically and critically, and with the primary purpose of ensuring balance and l harmony with all living things.

From June 19, Rhiannon Giddens, musician, historian and artistic director of the Grammy Award-winning Silkroad Ensemble, in collaboration with acclaimed Grammy-winning cellist Yo-Yo Ma, will make her Juneteenth debut: From The Past To The Living Present. Weaving together banjo, folk music and storytelling, this guided walk centers the profound contributions of African Americans to American culture, music and history, seeking to imagine a society of inclusion, connection, empathy and of justice.

Later in midsummer on July 3, Paul Miller AKA DJ Spooky brings his unforgettable transcendent sound to Artpark trails with a high-energy electronic music experience, creating three new tracks that park visitors can hear first. . You can take those heartbeats for a run or a bike ride through Artpark to experience the trails in a whole new way.

The season concludes with a collaboration with the world-renowned Kronos quartet and their world commission series, 50 for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire. Original compositions by selected composers will weave together to transport you around the world through a complex musical heritage of tradition and innovation. The experience emphasizes optimism, beauty and discovery to compose a global story of interdependence.

“This project perfectly combines art, nature, culture and technology. It offers visitors to the park entirely new opportunities to experience the constant transformation of nature with a new sound; for artists, to expand the means by which they can reach audiences directly from anywhere in the world and for Artpark’s artistic program to span all seasons of the year, ”said Sonia Kozlova Clark, President of Artpark.

“At the time of designing this project, it was inherently clear to cultivate a space for the original and current stewards of the land, while also centering the voices of color. The highly collaborative approach of this experience is also posed to foster an awakening to a greater ecological awareness of the interspecies relationships central to these teachings, inspiring us all to imagine a significant transformation in the ethics of Indigenous education, artistic practices and the powerful power of the imagination, ”said Chisa Yamaguchi (Creative Producer, Sozo Creative)

“Spring is waking up in Artpark and we have come together in this circle to celebrate and honor Mother Earth,” said Michele-Elise Burnett, Indigenous arts producer at Artpark. “We are currently going through a critical period where the impacts of the pandemic continue to reveal themselves with environmental challenges. With our season ahead, we aim to show our love and gratitude to Mother Earth for all the vital gifts she offers us.

The project is funded by: M&T Bank Foundation, Grigg Lewis Foundation, Cullen Foundation, Niagara Falls National Heritage Area, National Endowment on the Arts.

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