Nathalie Picard, flutist, composer, singer & storyteller
Nathalie Picard or Shendaehwas, is a member of the Turttle Clan of the Huron-Wendat tribe in Wendake, Quebec, Canada. Graduated flautist from Quebec City Music Conservatory, and from the Jazz & pop music interpretation at University of Montreal in Canada, she studied in Havana, Cuba with master flute player the Late Richard Ëgues from Orquesta Aragón and at Florida International University with Nestor Torrès. She plays transverse flute in jazz latin style bands or performs with the Native American Indian Flute in solo, in duet with Chippewa flute maker Dennis dg Hatch, and with different groups like the Nouvelle-France Ensemble Terra Nova...
She loves to work with children and gives interactive storytelling and music workshops in schools. She is also involved in the revitalisation and teaching of her tribal language and she is now writing her own songs in Huron-Wendat language that she sings acompanying herself with the traditionnal drum.
She moved to USA in 2012 and was selected in the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) Artist Leadership Program in 2014. You can see her short film "Ikwäas, we sing, nous chantons " on the NMAI's website and on Youtube: http://youtu.be/9E57Olh_3zM
Over the last 30 years, she has performed and presented Canadian First Nations' music & culture in Canada, France, Belgium, Germany, Hungary, Italy and USA: Ottawa's National Arts Center Symphonic Orchestra tour, Canada Day Concert in Ottawa, Vancouver International Storytelling Festival, Montreal International Jazz festival, American Indian Music festival at Casa Grande Ruins in Arizona, for the Prince of Wales, etc. She also recorded for films ( The legend of Sarila, Le Survenant, IMAX on Ernest Hemmingway, TAM on APTN TV ) and with various musicians.
Listen to her energetic flute playing in latin jazz with Yoël Diaz Cuban Jazz Session on CD " Encuentros", "Te llego", or her orignal meditative music with the Native American Indian Flutes on her solo album "Listening through the Wind"!