Life Reflected

Release: 21/04/2017

Composer: Zosha Di Castri, Jocelyn Morlock, Nicole Lizée, John Estacio

Performer: National Arts Centre Orchestra, Alexander Shelley

2018 – JUNO winner for Classical Composition of the Year
Jocelyn Morlock for My Name Is Amanda Todd

Life Reflected is a stunningly original live experience: a celebration of youth, promise and courage, revealed in the compelling and diverse portraits of four exceptional Canadian women: Alice Munro, Amanda Todd, Roberta Bondar and Rita Joe.

Alexander Shelley, Music Director of Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra, brought together four remarkable Canadian composersI Lost My Talk is based on the poem by Mi’kmaw elder and poet Rita Joe, C.M. Rita Joe penned her poem to express not only the pain and suffering she experienced at Schubenacadie Residential School in Nova Scotia, but also her hope and conviction that her words could guide and inspire Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples to journey to a place of strength and healing. NAC Award Composer John Estacio has created a lush musical score, performed in synergy with a film by world renowned director Barbara Willis Sweete. Featuring First Nations dancers with choreography created by Tekaronhiáhkhwa Santee Smith, Artistic Director of Kaha:wi Dance Theatre. Rita Joe’s poem is narrated by Guna and Rappahannock actor Monique Mojica. to collaborate with Creative Producer and Director, Donna Feore, and an ensemble of extraordinary performers and multi-media artists to create this unique symphonic experience. Life Reflected’s four musical works immerse audiences within a 3D environment featuring photography, motion picture and graphic design, projected on screens surrounding the orchestra. This creative landscape and the accompanying visuals were created and adapted by artistic partner, the innovative Montreal visual design company Normal.

This recording showcases the music from this multi-discipline, multi-media collaboration.