Breaking borders with respectfulchild
Updated: May 4
November was a busy month for experimental violin artist respectfulchild. After showcasing at the Linecheck Festival in Italy, they flew home to Saskatoon to perform at the 2019 Saskatchewan Music Awards.
As the main content partner of Milano Music Week, Linecheck is a well-known meeting place for music industry professionals, featuring panel discussions and workshops on pertinent industry topics. In the evenings, up and coming artists are invited to showcase their music and introduce their work to the European music scene. respectfulchild attended Linecheck through support from the Creative Saskatchewan Market Travel Grant, with the goal of fostering connections with international film, game, and theatre communities to compose scores for those mediums.
“The biggest thing I am learning from my travelling and showcasing experiences is that respectfulchild is actually a very unique thing. I wouldn't typically self-label my own work with such a lofty descriptor, but it's starting to feel apparent when I can fly to the other side of the world and perform in a big city and still have audience reactions telling me that they've never seen or experienced anything like my performance before.” –respectfulchild
With this sort of impact, it’s no surprise that respectfulchild was awarded the Derek Bachman
Foundation’s Breaking Borders Award at SMA 2019, alongside Reignwolf. The foundation honours the legacy of Derek Bachman, a well-loved member of the Saskatchewan music community who helped numerous musicians achieve their goals through his work. The award recognizes artists who expand borders with their music.
“I think the greatest border we have to overcome is the one that's stifling our imaginations. We're taught throughout our lives to accept so many things, whether they're political boundaries, gender norms, or musical conventions, that we forget how to dream of other possibilities for ourselves and our collective future. For me, it's really important to learn about and know where I am coming from in order to see how things can change and grow.” respectfulchild
respectfulchild’s work can be found at respectfulchild.com.