Melody McKiver

Artist Digital Media Education

Melody McKiver is an emerging Anishinaabe musician, interdisciplinary media artist and writer based in Ottawa and occasionally Toronto. Melody is Anishinaabe of mixed heritage, with ancestry in Obishikokaang Wemitigoozhiiwitigwaaning Lac Seul First Nation. Melody was previously based out of St. John's, Newfoundland, studying at Memorial University where they are currently completing an MA in Ethnomusicology. Their research interests include Indigenous electronic music, artistic processes of decolonization, urban Indigeneity, and Two-Spirited studies. Melody is a graduate of York University (2010), with an Honours BFA in Music, a Minor in Race, Ethnicity & Indigeneity, and was included as Member of the Dean's Honour Roll. Melody's musical practice spans across viola/violin, drums and percussion, and guitar, drawing upon a broad set of influences that includes hip-hop, electronic, contemporary classical, jazz, and blues. Melody also works with digital video and photography to capture images of Indigenous resurgence, and uses this footage both editorially and within video and sound art. Melody is the 2012/2013 Critical Blogger in Residence for Artengine, is affiliated with Tribal Spirit Music and plays drums with Toronto's Indigenous hip-hop fusion band Red Slam Collective.

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