INSTRUMENTS OF HAPPINESS
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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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