Oct. 18, 2022 Winnipeg Art Gallery, Muriel Richardson Auditorium, 730pm.

All GroundSwell—Live concerts are pay what-you-can; how-you-can. Tickets are available online, at the door by cash or cheque.

standing wave

GS2: Standing Wave 

Avant-garde chamber music from maverick Canadian artists. Comprising six of Vancouver’s most sought-after musical multitaskers, from improvisers to orchestral players, Standing Wave has performed extensively, released five albums, and commissioned over 100 new works by many of Canada’s most visionary composers. Their most recent recording 20C Remix was nominated for Classical Album of the Year (Small Ensemble) at the 2022 JUNO Awards. 

 For their GroundSwell debut, Standing Wave will present a bold program of new and recently commissioned pieces for ensemble, interactive electronics, and video. The program opens with two pieces from the group’s JUNO-nominated album 20C Remix: Bekah SimmsTenebrose, which re-imagines Bartok’s 1936 classic Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celeste through the lens of Standing Wave’s instrumentation, followed by James O’Callaghan’s acoustic arrangement of Bernard Parmegiani’s acousmatic work accidents harmoniques. Nancy Tam’s I Forget When We Last Touched fuses acoustic and electronic elements using video gaming technology, while emerging Winnipeg composers Kiara Nathaniel and Rebeka Schroeder examine acoustic sonorities in an alluring pair of new trios. The enigmatic in an archipelago showcases Gaudeamus Award-winning composer James O’Callaghan’s uniquely powerful yet playful musical style, while Gordon Fitzell’s Deus ex Machina: The Nine Lives of Schrödinger’s Cat, explores a polarized universe of extreme musical textures and colours. 

Curated by Gordon Fitzell