Twenty-five years ago three unique musical visions formed GroundSwell, Winnipeg's modern music series, and the upcoming season is our best one yet! Our four Artistic Directors are presenting a wide variety of unique concerts, presented across Canada and Europe. These extraordinary events are your best opportunity to witness how our hand-picked world class talent interprets the music of our time. This is a season of music not be missed!
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Regular Season Concerts:
Friday, October 14, 2016, 8pm
GroundSwell’s 25th-anniversary concert season kicks off with an all-Prairie program featuring the Penderecki String Quartet. These ground-breaking Canadians have premiered over one hundred new works and commissions. This special concert includes premieres of works by Albertan Laurie Radford, Saskachewan's David McIntyre, and Manitobans Diana McIntosh and Michael Matthews. This will be a dynamic concert.
Curator: Diana McIntosh
ensemble mosaik - deutschland/kanada
Friday, February 10, 2017, 8pm
GroundSwell is excited to present an exchange with the Berlin-based ensemble mosaik. Founded in 1997 they are renowned as Germany’s best ensemble for contemporary music. Comprised largely of founding members, they create a unique sound profile thanks to their long-term, intensive cooperation.
GroundSwell is thrilled to present a concert exchange with Germany’s ensemble mosaik. This concert will also be presented in Berlin at the 2017 Klangwerkstatt Festival.
Curator: Michael Matthews
Instruments of Happiness
Wednesday, March 29, 2017, 8pm
West End Cultural Centre
Canada’s premiere electric guitar quartet Instruments of Happiness just released their eponymous debut album and promises to electrify audiences on a nation-wide 2017 tour. 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, intense form of chamber music.
Curator: Gordon Fitzell
Thursday, May 4, 2017, 8PM
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 cutting edge 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