Oktoecho on tour on the Côte-Nord with the show Transcestral

Oktoécho – Crédit Mario Faubert

Indigenous and Sufi show

Oktoecho will be on tour on the Côte-Nord to present the Transcestral, a true hymn to life… A trip to the end of a common memory, on August 3 and 4.

Original creation of the Oktoecho ensemble, the event brings together 15 artists, singers, dancers, and poets from different backgrounds: five indigenous and Sufi communities are represented as well as musicians from jazz, classical music and contemporary music.

Transmission, ancestral memories, trance… this project expresses the common perpetual quest for harmony between man and nature, drawing inspiration from the music and sacred dances of Sufi and Aboriginal traditions in Canada.

Committed Communities

Recognized for their unique and original expression, as well as their commitment, the Innu poet and singer Kathia Rock, the Inuit throat singer Nina Segalowitz and the pow-wow singers Buffalo Hat Singers (Norman Achneepineskum, Normand Raymond and Pedro Diaz), the Sufi singer Anouar Barrada, Innu dancer Laura Crépeau, young 14-year-old whirling dervish Adam Barrada, as well as musicians Bertil Schulrabe, Khalil Moqadem, Yoël Diaz, Ziad Chbat, Joseph Khoury, and Marika Gaela gather around the artistic director Katia Makdissi-Warren to celebrate this common memory.

Oktoecho is proud to present its show on Innu territory with Innu artists Kathia Rock and Laura Crépeau, from the Côte-Nord.

“Our music is not sacred, but inspired by ceremonial music. Common points such as Earth, Healing and Tribute music are at the heart of Transcestral,” explains Ms. Makdissi-Warren.

The idea behind this music? To highlight trance, more particularly, the state between trance and awakening. In the Amerindian and Sufi cultures, there is a word to designate this ecstasy which is between the state of consciousness and the trance. Among the Sufis, it is called the Tarab. In the Anishinaabemowin language, it is called NÎWÔNÎSHÀN BUNN-GEE ET-WAWA NAEN DA-MÀN.


August 3, 2022 at 10:30 a.m.

Free concert-meeting

with the Buffalo Hat Singers and Nina Segalowitz

Shaputuan Museum

290 Boulevard des Montagnais, Sept-Iles (QC) G4R 5R2

August 3, 2022 at 7 p.m.

The 8e Ile

45, rue du Golfe du St-Laurent, Moisie (QC) G0G 2B0

Free and preceded by a happy hour with the artists

August 4, 2022 at 6 p.m.

Nikamu Innu Festival
Native community of Mani-Utenam

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The concerts are aimed at all ages.