Ecology of Being

The Music of EOB

Here are four of the five works as they were presented at the Tuckamore Festival in August 2020.  (The fifth piece, Melissa Hui’s Ecology of Being, is being considered at a number of film festivals and will be posted publicly at a later date.)  We look forward so much to a time when we can perform all five works together, on stage, on front of a live audience.  In the meantime, feel free to share and enjoy these wonderful works which were inspired by the climate emergency and what we are leaving to the next generation. We feel so grateful for the talents of these amazing composers and give big thank you to the Canada Council for the Arts, ArtsNL and MusicNL in helping bring this project – one which is deeply meaningful to us –  to life.


Meet the Five Ecology of Being Composers

Ian Cusson discusses The Garden of Earthly Delights

Bekah Simms discusses shedding, as if sloughed

Dawn Avery discusses Onekha’shòn:a, Ya’kòn:kwe (The Waters, The Women)

Carmen Braden discusses The Seed Knows

Melissa Hui discusses Ecology of Being

The Online Premiere of Ecology of Being

Along with many performers, the Covid-19 pandemic has pushed us to find new ways to keep going. Because all of our live performances of Ecology of Being have been postponed until next year, we decided to create a special online premiere series which will be part of the Tuckamore Festival’s 20th anniversary season. So in late June, the Duo shot and recorded the five wonderful works in a beautiful restored church in Cape Broyle NL. Discover the works and join in discussion with the Duo and composers on August 10 (Ian Cusson and Bekah Simms) at 6 pm EST, August 12 (Dawn Avery and Carmen Braden) at 6 pm EST, and August 14 (Melissa Hui with poet Shannon Webb-Campbell) at 7 pm EST.  




Music has often reflected upon social and political events of its time and our project aims to do that. Ecology of Being is about – through music and poetry – treasuring the earth, examining our complex relationship with it and truly valuing what we’ve taken for granted for so long.   It’s about thinking, feeling, experiencing both the trauma of a lost earth, but also about treasuring the joy of a world we love. 


Ecology of Being

In conjunction with Earth Day, we launch Ecology of Being  – a project of five new works by Dawn AveryCarmen BradenIan CussonMelissa Hui, and Bekah Simms, with poetry by Shannon Webb-Campbell. With the generous support of the Canada Council of the Arts’ New Chapters program and ArtsNL, we hope these works and performances will inspire reflection about our connection and interconnections to this planet. It is about considering what we may be leaving the next generation and our complicity in the world’s rapid, alarming, and ominous changes.  This project is also about paying tribute to the gloriousness of our earth and the power of nature, recognizing our dependence on it for survival, resilience, and healing.

The works are:

  • Dawn Avery: Onekha’shòn:a, Ya’kòn:kwe (The Waters, The Women)
  • Melissa Hui: Ecology of Being
  • Ian Cusson: The Garden of Earthly Delights
  • Bekah Simms: shedding, as if sloughed
  • Carmen Braden: The Seed Knows

Summer 2020 performances of Ecology of Being will take place at:

  • Toronto Summer Music on July 29. POSTPONED UNTIL 2021
  • Stratford Summer Music on August 1. POSTPONED UNTIL 2021
  • Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival on August 3. POSTPOPNED UNTIL 2021
  • Tuckamore Festival Online on August 10, 12 and 14
  • Musique Royale, Lunenburg NS on August 26

We invite you to click on the Ecology of Being tab for photos, videos, thoughts about the project as we learn the works, interview the composers, and contemplate our relationship to our nature world.   Please visit this space for regular updates in regard to live performances which may be impacted or postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.   You can also follow us on Instagram and Facebook .  

2020/04/20