Mali Obomsawin in concert Saturday night
STONINGTON – Opera House Arts is pleased to welcome Mali Obomsawin to the Stonington Opera House stage on Saturday, July 23 at 7 p.m. With an eclectic background in American roots, jazz and indie rock, she carries several musical traditions. Obomsawin will perform his latest original songs with an indie rock sound, joined by Magdalena Abrego on guitar, Antonija Schubat on bass and Chuck Rodin on drums. His songs infuse soft, ethereal landscapes with sharp lyrical content that addresses fury, love and colonialism. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit operahousearts.org.
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A Smithsonian Folkways Recordings artist, Obomsawin has won acclaim from NPR and RollingStone and has toured internationally with her band Lula Wiles. She received the International Folk Music Association’s “Rising Tide Award” in 2022, which recognizes new generation artists who embody the values and ideals of the folk community through their creative work, community role and public voice. . Obomsawin frequents the folk music circuit as a frontwoman and sidewoman, appearing at festivals like Newport and Philly Folk with Jake Blount and Lula Wiles, and also performs on the creative music scene with artists like Peter Apfelbaum, Taylor Ho Bynum and Untempered by Bill Cole. Together. She is a proud member of Welcome To Indian Country, an Indigenous performance production launched in 2020 to spotlight five leading Indigenous voices in jazz and roots music.
As a composer-arranger, Obomsawin recently composed the music for the upcoming film “We Are Warriors”, collaborated with Red Sky Performance and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and Palaver Strings. Her latest project, Sweet Tooth, explores concepts of Indigenous identity, colonization and resistance using original compositions for sextet and archival material from the Wabanaki community. Beyond the Stage Obomsawin is a community organizer and advocate for Indigenous rights, environmental justice and return to the land. She works as a writer and educator with Sunlight Media Collective, a Wabanaki-led media team, to document and promote stories at the intersection of environmental justice and tribal sovereignty. Obomsawin’s journalism has appeared recently in the Smithsonian, the National Performance Network and the Boston Globe. In 2020, she co-founded Bomazeen Land Trust, the very first Wabanaki Land Trust, of which she is currently the Executive Director.
Obomsawin studied double bass at Berklee College of Music from 2013 to 2014. From 2014 to 2018 she studied jazz and improvised music at Dartmouth College with a mentor Taylor Ho Bynum and had the opportunity to work with Peter Apfelbaum (NY Hieroglyphics, Don Cherry), original members of Sun Ra Arkestra, Mary Halverson, Nicole Mitchell, Tomeka Reid and Tomas Fujiwara, among others. While in college, Obomsawin twice attended the Selective Acoustic Music Seminar in Savannah, Georgia. She has toured and taught music extensively in the United States, Canada and abroad while at Dartmouth and Berklee, and earned a BA in Comparative Literature and Government from Dartmouth College in 2018. Read more , visit maliobomsawin.com
Opera House Arts, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, was founded in 1999 to restore the 1912 Stonington Opera House, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, to its original role as a performance hall and community gathering space. We offer a year-round professional program of theatre, music, film, dance, educational programs, community events, and more. Performances take place at several venues, including the Stonington Opera House, the restored Burnt Cove Church Community Center, and specific venues in Deer Isle and Stonington, Maine. Opera House Arts programs are open to all winter and summer residents and visitors to Hancock County, with a particular focus on residents of Deer Isle and the Blue Hill Peninsula.