Student Matinee Series

Mali Obomsawin

These performances are in Flynn Space with a 150 person capacity.


Recommended for grades 5-12

Mali Obomsawin (they/she) is an award-winning bassist, songwriter, and composer from Abenaki First Nation at Odanak. Named one of’s Top 10 Emerging Artists to Watch in 2023Obomsawin and her touring sextet have performed at premier festivals and venues across North America, including Montreal’s International Jazz Festival and the National Jazz Museum of Harlem. With an expansive background in American roots, rock, and jazz, Obomsawin carries several music traditions. Beyond the stage Mali is a community organizer and advocate for Indigenous rights, environmental justice and landback. She works as a writer and educator with Sunlight Media Collective, a Wabanaki-driven media team, to document and promote stories at the intersection of environmental justice and tribal sovereignty. Her journalism has been published recently in Smithsonian, National Performance Network, and the Boston Globe. In 2020, Mali co-founded Bomazeen Land Trust, the first ever Wabanaki land trust, where she currently serves as executive director.

Not only works as potent commentary on indigenous heritage, autonomy and experiences, but as gripping, dynamic and thunderous music.


Student matinee performances illustrate the dynamic relationship between the performing arts and the subjects explored in the classroom. Tickets are available at a discounted rate of $10 for schools and homeschoolers.

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