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OMBIIGIZI

OMBIIGIZI

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200 Caroline St. N. (off Barton St. W.)

Hamilton, ON L8R 0A6

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OMBIIGIZI — Live At Bridgeworks!

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The debut release from OMBIIGIZI (pronounced om-BEE-ga-ZAY, meaning " s/he is noisy”) is a collaboration between Zoon (Daniel Monkman) and Status/Non Status (Adam Sturgeon), Anishnaabe artists who explore their cultural histories through sound. Their debut album Sewn Back Together (out February 10, 2022 on Arts & Crafts) is a rumination on family, a celebration and holistic cleansing, with a strong sense of brotherhood and loving support. An amalgam of their Indigenous heritages and their personal musical architectures, Daniel and Adam imbue the lyrics with their families' storytelling, revealing truths and finding common ground amidst their differences. The first single "Residential Military" responds to Canada's reckoning with its residential school system, introducing a concept that Adam describes as Indigenous Futurisms – "a song about finding the past to picture a future which is not always so easy here and now." Summoning life and creation in place of anguish, "Residential Military" is a clash of catharsis, and a resonant image of personal reconciliation, interpreted live and in the moment. Putting aside the tonal nuances of their previous work as Zoon and Status/Non-Status (formerly known as WHOOP-Szo), OMBIIGIZI strips back the waves of distortion to reveal themselves, their voices, writing and improvising for the sake of the song. The family on Sewn Back Together includes the production duo of Kevin Drew of Broken Social Scene and Nyles Spencer of The Bathouse Studio. Recorded there in fast and intentional sessions during the summer of 2021, Drew and Spencer – along with musicians Eric Lourenço and Drew McLeod from Status/Non-Status and Zoon, respectively – helped steer this collision of divergent artists into some glorious sonic territory steeped in shoegaze, dream pop, anthemic rock, Chicago post-rock, and second-wave emo. While not always getting to play and perform alongside other members of their community, OMBIIGIZI is a coming together – with Sewn Back Together, a resounding statement shaped by healing and the guidance of culture.

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Liner Notes by Waubgeshig Rice:

The Anishinaabe revival is accelerating. Our artists are becoming more resurgent in all realms: telling the stories, singing the songs, and creating the imagery to further solidify our everlasting presence on this land. The soundtrack to this movement is diverse profound, and beautiful. The Anishinaabe sonic revolution is richly layered and wide-reaching, inspiring and influencing all generations to gather, sing, and speak, as we’ve always done. And at the core of this renewal are artists like OMBIIGIZI.

Adam Sturgeon and Daniel Monkman have come together in the spirit of making noise in a good way for our people. They have documented this moment in time while paying homage to the ancestors who kept our language and stories alive. There is a deep respect and love embedded in these songs for Anishinaabe sounds and voices. These songs proudly tell family and community stories, and they exquisitely conjure a hopeful future that will result from our current collective efforts to share our realities with each other and the world.

Sewn Back Together is a passionate journey. It meanders like a nurturing stream, weaving in and out of the tangible and spiritual worlds, as all time-honoured Anishinaabe stories and songs have done. It harkens back to ancient melodies and rhythms while using modern tools and instruments to centre us in our identities as the original storytellers of this land. It is essential listening as we forge our future and reclaim and revive who we are.

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200 Caroline St. N. (off Barton St. W.)

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