Concerts

Twenty­-five years ago, three separate new music series united to form GroundSwell—and we’re still going strong! Over the years, our four Artistic Directors have presented a staggering variety of unique concerts featuring small and large ensembles, experimental music and interactive electronics, as well as theatrical, multi­media and dance productions. We have premiered numerous works in a host of different and sometimes unusual venues across Winnipeg. We have also toured across Canada and to New York City, and presented at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa and the WSO’s New Music Festival.  We’re looking forward with great anticipation and excitement to sharing our very special 25th-anniversary celebratory season with you.

Gordon Fitzell, Jim Hiscott, Michael Matthews,
and Diana McIntosh—GroundSwell Artistic Directorate

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ENSEMBLE MOSAIK

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Friday, February 10, 2017 8pm
Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall, U of W, 515 Portage Ave.

GroundSwell is pleased to present an exchange with the Berlin-based Ensemble Mosaik. Ensemble Mosaik was founded in 1997 by a group of instrumentalists and composers in Berlin and has developed over the intervening years into a multifaceted and adventurous formation; they are now one of Germany’s most renowned ensembles for contemporary music. The ensemble’s recognized high quality is not just based on its individual musicians’ outstanding talents, but also on the fact that most of them are founding members, which has enabled them to create a profiled and unique sound through their long-term, intensive cooperation.

Curator Michael Matthews

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INSTRUMENTS OF HAPPINESS

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017 8pm
West End Cultural Centre, 586 Ellice Ave.

Canada’s premiere electric guitar quartet Instruments of Happiness promises to electrify audiences in support of their eponymous debut album. The quartet will perform a daring slate of new works by Canadian composers Scott Godin (BC), Jordan Nobles (BC), Gordon Fitzell (MB), Emily Hall (ON/UK), Tim Brady (QC), and Maxime McKinley (QC). All six new works were written expressly for the tour, and together offer a diverse, pan-Canadian perspective on what has become a vital and burgeoning form of chamber music.

Curator Gordon Fitzell

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MONDE

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Thursday, May 4, 2017 8pm
Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall, U of W, 515 Portage Ave.

A concert of new music celebrating traditions from around the world and from Manitoba, featuring soprano Sarah Jo Kirsch, a stellar string quartet and a top ensemble of Winnipeg’s best musicians. Isadora Zebeljan’s passionate New Songs for Lada for voice and string quartet is influenced by music from Serbia. Folk Music by New York’s Judd Greenstein blends folk-dance-inspired minimalism with an electric-guitar-driven jazz feeling, in what he calls “post-classical” music. There will also be new music by Montreal’s Gabriel Dharmoo and Winnipeg bamboo flute virtuoso Xiao Nan Wang, as well as by Vivian Fung and Jim Hiscott.

Curator Jim Hiscott

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