Swil Kanim was born in Seattle and raised in Bellingham, where he spent much of his youth going from one foster home to the next. With encouragement from his fourth-grade teacher, he enrolled in his school’s music program, marking the beginning of a new chapter of his life. From that point on, the violin served as an instrument of healing and reconnection to his native roots as a member of Lummi Nation.
He performs at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 7, at Maritime Heritage Park, Holly Street and Central Avenue, in a free concert hosted by Bellingham Parks and Recreation Department through a Levitt AMP grant.
Kanim’s classically infused compositions are steeped in raw emotions; each interpreting his journey to spiritual and emotional freedom. Today, Kanim travels extensively throughout the United States, enchanting audiences with original compositions and native storytelling. He deeply believes in the healing power of true and effective communication, a belief embodied in his performances and his work with his nonprofit, HonorWorks, established to ignite the potential for honor among all people.
More on Kanim: swilkanim.com.
More on the series: 360-778-7000, http://concerts.levittamp.org.