Moe Clark

Métis multidisciplinary artist Moe Clark is a nomadic songbird with wings woven from circle singing and spoken word. Originally from Treaty 7, she’s called Tio’ti:ke (Montreal) home for nearly a decade. Moe fuses together vocal improvisation with multilingual lyricism to create meaning that is rooted in personal legacy and ancestral memory. She facilitates creative workshops in communities with a basis for deepening embodiment and awareness with personal and collective expression. Her work as an artistic producer stems from the desire to find intersections for collaboration: intercultural, intergenerational and interdisciplinary in nature. In 2016, she launched nistamîkwan: a transformational arts organization with an emphasis on education and performance.

 

In collaboration with Katia Makdissi-Warren, Moe co-directs Transcestral: a musical exchange between Indigenous and Sufi musical traditions. Following themes of trance as transformation, they connect in a semi-improvised exchange of music, dance and visual projections. In 2013 she directed the 10th Annual Canadian Festival of Spoken Word in Montreal, highlighting Indigenous languages and in 2014 she was awarded Poet of Honour. Together with Cheryl L’Hirondelle and Joseph Naytowhow, their nêhiyawêwin lullaby “nitahkôtân” won best music video at ImagiNative Film Festival in 2015. Moe has two albums of music, a bilingual book of poetry and multiple performance videos. Her work has been featured around the world at the Lincoln Centre (US), Queensland Poetry Festival (AU), Maelstrom Poetry Festival (BE) and Planet IndigenUs festival (CA), among others. Moe has trained with Rhiannon (“All the Way In” Vocal Improvisation master training, 2013/15), Pura Fé (Banff Centre residency) and Charles Koroneho (Grief & Lamentation Ritual Performance, Studio 303, MTL) among others. As a public speaker she is a sought-after presenter with feature talks at TedXMontreal  (May 2012) and the Olympic Summer Games in London, U.K. (July 2012).

www.moeclark.ca / www.nistamîkwan.com

 

April 21st: Adventures in Poetryland 10 a.m. Vancouver Public Library Central Branch
April 21st: Hullabaloo Finals 8 pm Vancouver Public Library Central Branch

April 22nd: Jangle & Shout: HullaVerses Remixer 2 pm Wise Hall
April 23rd: “Looping Landscapes” Workshop 10 a.m. Wise Hall