Cree | kee-yaa-now
"We are a family. We choose to do our best to be kind to one another, to respect ourselves and each other, to nourish our child, to protect him, to help him cultivate his cultural identity as well as the confidence to stand tall. And we know that we cannot do this alone; that it takes a community to help a family succeed. We acknowledge Canada’s dark history, and we choose to move forward, to create a future in which our child can not only live safely, but where he can feel that he belongs, and is recognized for the gift that he is. Kîyânaw is an album of hope and gratitude for the world that we live in. We believe that music heals, and that stories, both personal and political, have the power to transform our world-views and the attitudes we have toward each other; which in turn helps our family thrive. From the thunderous Pay No Mind, to the introspective Prayer, Kîyânaw is a collaborative effort; a collection of beautiful and unique folk and folk-blues songs. With this album, we encourage the reclamation of each other's respective cultures while choosing to be stronger, together."
-NADIA & JASON BURNSTICK
It’s folk music that’s brimming with the kind of chemistry that could only come from a husband and wife. Plains-Cree guitarist, Jason Burnstick, and Francophone-Métis singer-songwriter, Nadia Gaudet Burnstick are award-winning duo: Burnstick. Two performers whose voices and languages blend together with ease, Burnstick pushes the boundaries of contemporary folk music, weaving together the unique sounds of vintage Weissenborns with intriguing vocal harmonies, while allowing the simplicity of beautiful melodies to shine through. It's hard to deny the magic they create as they command the stage with their palpable performances. In 2015, they journeyed into the world of children’s music, the time to create an award-winning all-original lullaby album that married languages and bridged cultures. Coming back to their folk roots, Burnstick released its first single, "Pay No Mind" in 2018, topping the charts of NCI's Indigenous Music Countdown in Canada. And in 2019, their song "Prayer" was featured as the theme song for the important award-winning documentary: nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up. Burnstick is releasing its long-awaited debut album "Kîyânaw" on September 13, 2019. With this album, Burnstick encourages the reclamation of each other's respective cultures while choosing to be stronger, together.
C’est une musique folk née de la complicité qui ne peut seulement exister que chez un couple marié. Le guitariste Cri-des-Plaines, Jason Burnstick, et l’auteure-compositrice francophone-métis, Nadia Gaudet Burnstick, sont deux interprètes pour qui les voix et les langues s’entremêlent avec aise. Jason s’équipe de Weissenborns, de guitares « lap slide » et d’une écriture dure et franche tandis que Nadia rayonne grâce à ses harmonies vocales séduisantes et ses paroles pénétrantes et honnêtes – on ne peut nier la magie qu’ils évoquent lorsqu’ils sont ensemble sur scène. En 2015, ils ont voyagé ensemble dans un monde de musique pour enfants, le temps d’enregistrer un album de berceuses originales, pour lequel ils ont remporté un Western Canadian Music Award. Enfin de retour à leur passion pour la musique folk, à la suite des extraits Pay No Mind et Every Road, ils lancent leur premier album le 13 septembre, 2019. Leurs nouveaux projets collaboratifs promettent une musique folk rafraichissante et captivante.
Canadian Folk Music Awards 2016 - Double-Nominees
Western Canadian Music Awards - Triple-Nominees
For information on the award-winnipeg lullaby album
Dream Big Little One * Fais de beaux rêves petit ange, please visit: www.littleonelullabies.com
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