Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra presents

The Indigo Project

Happening in the George Weston Recital Hall

Directed by Elisa Citterio

Created by Alison Mackay in collaboration with Suba Sankaran (voice, percussion) & Trichy Sankaran (mridangam, kanjira, solkattu)

A compelling musical journey exploring the vast social, cultural, and political implications of a powerful blue dye.

Alison Mackay's superb multimedia creations, blending music, visuals, narration, dance, and social commentary, are now famous the world over. In this latest offering, she traces the significance of the introduction into 17th-century Europe of indigofera tinctoria, the indigo dye that provided both the royal blue of the Bourbon courts and the colour of the cotton fabric worn by the common folk, known as denim. 

This fascinating social and musical journey travels from the courts of Europe to the lowest classes of European life, and extends into the exploitation of garment workers in the present day. Blending music both classical and popular, the program includes representations of the India where indigofera tinctoria was grown and the North American slave plantations where it was cultivated.


What's interesting about this concert:

1.  The latest in Alison Mackay's unique cross-cultural collaborations for Tafelmusik, with their complex examination of the intersection of music and political and social history. 

2.  Did you know: the word “jeans” comes from an old English version of “Genoa,” the Italian port city where clothing was made from indigo-dyed cotton.

3.  Experience the classical South Indian music of world-renowned master drummer Trichy Sankaran and his daughter, world/fusion vocalist Suba Sankaran (Autorickshaw).



Program includes:


Corelli Concerto grosso op. 6, no. 1

Lully Excerpts from Psyché

Street ballads from England, France & Italy 

Classical music from South India



Photo: Feet of Blue, Tim McLaughlin — MAIWA


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