T. Patrick Carrabré is a Métis composer living in Vancouver. Construction of identity and community engagement are long-term themes in his compositions, artistic programming, and administrative activities. His best known works include Inuit Games, for katajjak (throat singers) and orchestra, which was a recommended work at the International Rostrum of Composers (2003), Sonata No. 1, The Penitent, for violin and piano, and From the Dark Reaches, which were nominated for JUNO awards. In 2021 he was recognized with a second Western Canadian Music Award (Classical Composer of the Year) for the album, 100,000 Lakes. Other recent work includes Métis Songs, commissioned by Harbourfront for Rebecca Cuddy and the Wood and Wire String Quartet and Snewíyalh tl’a Staḵw (Teachings of the Water), written in collaboration with the Elektra Women’s Choir. Orpheus (1), written in collaboration with pianist Megumi Masaki – was released on the Cetredisc label in March 2023.
Watch Snewíyalh tl’a Staḵw (Teachings of the Water)
Winner – Western Canadian Music Award – Classical Composer of the Year