Jessica McMann is an Cree musician, contemporary dancer and choreographer. She is also a classically trained flutist, with a Bachelor of Music from the University of Calgary. Her research focus has been contemporary music, jazz, and improvisation. She studied Flute for two years in the Jazz Studies program at the University of Manitoba. Her recent compositions and soundscapes explore Indigenous Identity and history. Jessica's skills enable her to contibute as a side musician, soloist or ensemble member.
She has been dancing fancy shawl and hoop dance for 16 years, and has had the opportunity to present contemporary and traditional work at festivals across Western Canada, and tour Northern Europe.Currently her personal experience, Cree and Blackfoot language, and the strength of Indigenous women guide her current contemporary dance work. She works regularily with Elijah Wells, a Blackfoot animator to bring the stories of Transgender, Two-Spirit and Queer persons alive.
Her work has been shown at the Talking Stick Festival (Vancouver 2012, 2013) Kootenay Cultural Festival (2012, 2015, 2016) Fairy Tales Film Festival (2012), ASTAM; Cree Festival (2012), Coastal First Nations Dance Festival (2011,2012, 2014, 2017) Vancouver Queer Film Festival (2011), Q the Arts Festival (2011), 7a*11d (2010). Her most recent work was shown at the Urban Shaman Gallery in Winnipeg as part of "The 60's Scoop; A place between". She has also toured in Sweden, Netherlands, and Belgium. She has created soundtracks for the ITWE Collective, performed with the Ambrose University Chamber Orchestra and the Foothills Philharmonic Orchetra, and was a guest musician for Laura Vinson and the Free Spirit. She also is a regular dance artist in Calgary schools.
She is also a Laureate of the Hnatyshyn Foundation REVEAL Indigenous Art Awards. CV available upon request.