Our GroundSwell Radio Archive is an ongoing evolution of genre-bending music, built from new broadcasts every Monday on CKUW 95.9 FM @ 2-3PM CDT


We are delighted to showcase a wide array of music, plucked over history & the current, from around the world & closer to our home in Winnipeg, MB (Treaty 1 Territory).

Sit back & enjoy a curated selection of our past broadcasts here.


Music & overviews of featured artists associated with the New York Philharmonic’s Project 19—the largest women-only commissioning initiative in history—conceived with the belief that an orchestra can take part in conversation around social imperatives & change the status quo.

Jessie Montgomery
Composer, violinist, & educator Jessie Montgomery interweaves elements of social justice from a Lower East Side activist upbringing
Broadcast May 17, 2021

Joan La Barbara
Composer, singer, sound artist, & actor Joan La Barbara,
renowned for her unique experimental vocal techniques
Broadcast April 19, 2021

Du Yun
Pulitzer Prize-winner Du Yun works at a plethora of intersections:
orchestral, opera, cabaret, electronics, visual arts, noise, & more
Broadcast March 8, 2021

Ellen Reid & Paola Prestini
Composer, sound artist, & Pulitzer Prize-winner Ellen Reid spans opera, sound design, film scoring, ensemble, & choral writing

Composer Paola Prestini has taken extra-musical interests into large-scale multimedia collaborations with poets & scientists
Broadcast November 2, 2020

Both artists actively support young female & non-binary composers, though the Luna Composition Lab (Reid, co-founder)
& the Hildegard Competition (Prestini, co-founder)

Nicole Lizée
Prairie-born/Montréal-based composer Nicole Lizée, inspired by technological glitches, Hitchcock films, & 1960s psychedelia
Broadcast April 6, 2020


Documentaries of featured artists associated with New Music in Canada, with credit to Centrediscs, Canadian Music Centre, &
producer Eitan Cornfield.

alcides lanza
Argentina-born composer, conductor,
pianist, & teacher alcides lanza
Broadcast April 5, 2021

Norma Beecroft
Electroacoustic composer, broadcaster, &
avid promoter of Canadian music Norma Beecroft
Broadcast February 22, 2021

R. Murray Schafer
Composer, writer, & educator R. Murray Schafer,
known for his soundscape & environmental works
Broadcast December 21, 2020

Violet Archer
Composer, teacher, pianist, percussionist, & student of
Béla Bartók & Paul Hindemith Violet Archer
Broadcast November 23, 2020


Music & overviews of composers abroad, taking a glimpse into the wide array of sounds in New Music from around the world.

Icelandic Composers 2
Featuring Hildur GuðnadóttirBára Gísladóttir,
Anna Thorvaldsdottir, & Hlynur Aðils Vilmarsson
Broadcast May 3, 2021

Icelandic Composers 1
Featuring Atli Heimir SveinssonJón Leifs,
Jórunn ViðarJóhann Jóhannsson
Broadcast March 29, 2021

Australian Composers
Featuring Brenda Gifford, Nardi Simpson, Nicole Murphy, William Barton, Matthew Hindson, & Kate Moore
Broadcast March 15, 2021

Welsh Composers
Featuring Eloise Nancie Gynn, Grace Williams,
Charlie Barber, Hilary Tann, & Guto Puw
Broadcast March 1, 2021

Estonian Composers
Featuring Ester MägiErkki Sven-Tüür,
Helena Tulve, & 
Arvo Pärt
Broadcast December 14, 2020

Chinese American Composers
Featuring Chen YiTan Dun
Broadcast October 12, 2020


A look & listen in to the work of selected composers. 

Cris Derksen & Carmen Braden
Cree cellist & composer Cris Derksen weaves her classical & Indigenous backgrounds with electronics to defy genres

Composer, educator, acoustic ambassador of the Canadian Subarctic, & Western Canadian Music Award-winner Carmen Braden
Broadcast April 12, 2021

Both artists were commissioned for a co-presented concert with the Mill Road Community Space Open Mic & cellist Julia MacLaine,
included in our GroundSwell—Learn 

Harry Partch
American composer, music theorist, & instrument maker Harry Partch, known for his divergence from western classical traditions 
Broadcast November 29, 2020

Kati Agócs
Canadian composer & Guggenheim Fellow Kati Agócs delivers
visceral power & otherworldly lyricism with soulful directness
Broadcast October 19, 2020

Diana McIntosh
Winnipeg-based composer, pianist, performance artist,
& GroundSwell co-founder Diana McIntosh
Broadcast September 28, 2020

Kaija Saariaho
Multi-award-winning Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho collaborates with individual artists, often combining live music & electronics
Broadcast September 21, 2020

Ruth Crawford Seeger
American ultra-modernist composer Ruth Crawford Seeger
forged a path outside of sentimental stereotypes of the 1920s & 30s
Broadcast August 10, 2020


A stylistic mix of solo & group performers in the current scene.

Bang on a Can
NY-based organization Bang on a Can, focussed on music without boundaries, founded by Julia Wolfe, Michael Gordon, & David Lang
Broadcast May 10, 2021

Roxton New Music Days & Brighton Festival
Featuring UK composers Deborah Pritchard, Tansy Davies,
Rachel Leach, Mary Bellamy, Oscar Bettison, and Alison Kay

Broadcast March 22, 2021

Here in Now
Residing in separate locales, Mazz Swift, Silvia Bolognesi, &
Tomeka Reid perform jazz-tinged avant-classical compositions

Broadcast February 1, 2021

Shawn Mativetsky
Montréal-based Shawn Mativetsky is one of Canada’s leading tabla ambassadors, bridging Western & Indian classical music worlds
Broadcast October 26, 2020

Kinds of Kings
US-based Shelley Washington & Gemma Peacocke form two-thirds of Kinds of Kings, a collective that amplifies marginalized voices
Broadcast October 5, 2020


A sampling of aesthetics from the mid-twentieth century forward.

Originated in America in the early 1960s, known for
refinement, repetition, & slow change over time
Broadcast April 26, 2021

Originated in France in the early 1970s, with compositional
techniques based on computer analysis of the sound-spectrum
Broadcast November 16, 2020

This episode was inspired by the article The Death and Life of Spectral Music by Jeffrey Arlo Brown