Special Events

Special Event One: Emerging Composer Competition

GroundSwell is thrilled to partner with the Cluster: New Music + Integrated Arts Festival and New York City-based TAK Ensemble for the third national edition of our biennial emerging composition competition.  We had a fantastic response to our call for scores and will announce our three winners at the launch of our 2018-19 season!  The first place winner will compose a brand new work for the TAK Ensemble to be premiered on March 2, 2019 at Cluster!

Special Event Two: Sarah Hennies and Send + Receive

In partnership with the 20th edition of  send + receive: a festival of sound, GroundSwell co-presents Sarah Hennies (October 6 and 7th, 2018).
Contralto @ the Winnipeg Cinematheque on Saturday Oct 6 at 2:00 PM
Gather & Release performance @ TBA, on  Sunday Oct 7 evening

American artist Sarah Hennies’ work utilizes an often grueling, endurance-based performance practice in a subversive examination of psychoacoustics, queer identity, and performance art.  This New York-based artist is making a rare appearance in Winnipeg presenting two original works: Gather & Release (Oct 7), a live performance for solo vibraphone and a personal soundscape of field recordings and sine waves; and, a screening of Contralto (Oct 6) followed by a Q+A. Hennies describes the work:

Contralto is a one-hour work for video, strings, and percussion that exists between the spaces of experimental music and documentary. The piece features a cast of transgender women speaking, singing, and performing vocal exercises accompanied by a dense and varied musical score that includes a variety of conventional and “non-musical” approaches to sound-making.  A rare experience indeed.

Special Event Three: Co-Pro with Cinematheque, RYUICHI SAKAMOTO: CODA

Directed by Stephen Nomura Schible
2017, USA-Japan, 102 mins.
Fri Feb 8 / 7 pm
Sat, Feb 9 / 3 pm
Sun, Feb 10 / 3 pm
Cinematheque, 100 Arthur St.

Advance tickets: www.winnipegcinematheque.com
Go to Tlckets and Merch on the menu

One of the most important artists of our era, composer Ryuichi Sakamoto has had a prolific music career spanning over four decades.  He has composed the scores for Merry Christmas, Mr Lawrence (1983), The Last Emperor (1986) and The Sheltering Sky (1992).  From techno-pop stardom to Oscar-winning film composer, the evolution of his music has coincided with his life journeys. RYUICHI SAKAMOTO: CODA is an intimate portrait of both the artist and the man.

“One of the great documentaries about the creative process.”
-The Telegraph

Special Event Four: Co-Pro with Cinematheque, Decasia by Bill Morrison

Directed by Bill Morrison
2002, USA, 70 min
March 22 / 7 pm
March 23 / 3 pm
Cinematheque, 100 Arthur St.

Advance tickets: www.winnipegcinematheque.com

Often compared to Stan Brakhage, filmmaker Bill Morrison (Dawson City: Frozen Time City) created DECASIA entirely from decaying, old found footage, melded to the music of Bang on a Can’s Michael Gordon, performed by the 55 piece basel sinfonietta. The result is a mesmerizing film of deteriorating film stock, a moving avant-garde masterpiece.

“Pure poetry…The images are at once haunting, mysterious and incredibly beautiful.”  Errol Morris, filmmaker

“Bill Morrison’s extraordinarily mesmerizing ‘Decasia’ is a stunningly beautiful… ode to creation and decay.”  Shari Frilot, Sundance Film Festival