Violinist, Drummer To Visit Reserves

Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at 14:15



Two world-class musicians will be making stops on northern reserves this week.


Violinist Brian Johnson and percussionist Lisa Simmermon are continuing the second leg of the Music Alive Program.


Through this program, musicians are sent to remote communities, where they perform for students.


Simmermon’s specialty is the kettle drums, and she says that’s made her a big hit on some reserves.


In several communities that she and Johnson have visited, local elders have been invited to come and share about their own experiences with music. Many of the elders have emphasized the importance of the drum.


Simmermon and Johnson will be in Montreal Lake on Thursday, and in Sucker River on Friday.