Swil Kanim is a world class virtuoso violinist who advocates
self-expression to create stronger community.
He intertwines his music with storytelling, poetry, and
He has been a featured performer at the
American Indian Film Awards show in San Francisco since 2003. Swil Kanim has received the Certificate of Virtuosity from the Whatcom Chapter
of the Washington State Music Teachers Association, the Bellingham Municipal Arts Award for Promoting Self-Expression in Community, and Woodring College of Education Professional Excellence Award.
In 2008, Swil Kanim performed at the
West Coast American Indian Music Awards where he was presented with both the Classic Award and the Traditional Instrument Award.
In that same year he was invited to perform for the Dalai Lama at Key Arena in Seattle for The Seeds of Compassion event in front of an audience of over 16,000. Topping 2008 with 4 'sold out' shows at the Smithsonian's Museum of the American Indian in Washington DC.