“I seek to support and uplift Indigenous youth and Two-Spirit artists through mentorship and collaboration.”
I am foremost a musician working within viola performance, contemporary composition and improvisation, electronic production, and percussion. My artistic practice is strongly interdisciplinary, and I work within digital video and photography as both inspiration for, and sites to integrate my music. Strongly embedded within my compositions for viola are Anishinaabeg philosophies, language, experiences, and landscapes. My goal, especially as a musician playing an instrument derived from the Western art music canon, is to expand the boundaries of both Anishinaabeg artistic practice and classical music convention. My music is heard on stages as a solo performer, as a collaborative artist with other musicians, and within composition and sound design for Indigenous theater and film productions. Service to Indigenous communities through the arts is a core value, and working as an educator and workshop facilitator within music and the media arts, I seek to support and uplift Indigenous youth and Two-Spirit artists through mentorship and collaboration. In addition to my core music and media arts practice, I am active on the powwow trail as a grass dancer and bead and sew my own regalia.
Melody McKiver is a musician and interdisciplinary artist of Anishinaabe (Ojibwe) descent living in Ottawa.