Film Screening: The Groove is Not Trivial

date Wednesday October 10th 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
venue Cape Breton University Rotary Music Performance Centre
locale Sydney
price Free
seating -
host Cape Breton University
accessible Yes
washroom Yes

The Groove is Not Trivial follows master fiddler Alasdair Fraser’s personal journey in search of self-expression, a quest that has led him to dig deep into his Scottish musical roots. There he finds a universal pulse–a groove–that runs through his virtuosic performances with cellist Natalie Haas and his dynamic teaching at his wildly popular, freewheeling fiddle camps in California, Scotland, and Spain. At his gatherings around the world for musicians of all ages and abilities, “the groove” is a through-line from the past that sparks hopeful possibilities for the future.

Fraser is at the epicentre of a movement in which people are finding their own voices and a deep sense of community through the shared love and joy of music. A subversive empowerment is happening as people reclaim cultural roots in jeopardy of being lost.

Fraser proves that the groove in traditional music transcends the toe-tapping fun–it can be a source of personal and political liberation.

Dr. Heather Sparlling, an ethnomusicologist at Cape Breton University and the Canada Research Chair in Musical Traditions, will lead a short discussion after the film.

Contact Information: Cape Breton University (Heather Sparling) - (902)-563-1242 -

** Community cultural events are hosted and produced by non-profit organizations and community groups, held in association with Celtic Colours.

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