UPDATE: Iceland Comes to Winnipeg
Celebrating Winnipeg’s Special Connection with the Icelandic Community
The Winnipeg New Music Festival’s unique relationship with Iceland – its innovative composers and their uniquely evocative music – has evolved over a number of seasons. This year is the 100th anniversary of an important milestone in Icelandic history: the Danish Icelandic Act, a pivotal point in Iceland’s history and journey to independence. In celebration of that event, the WNMF 2018 presents multiple world premieres by Icelandic composers including a major new work for orchestra and choir by Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson on January 31.
Also featured is a premiere choral work by two-time Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner for Best Score Jóhann Jóhannsson (Jan 29), and a Canadian premiere of music by Björk (Jan 27). The world premiere live music score and film of “Dawson City: Frozen Time” by film director Bill Morrison (The Miners Hymns with Johann Johannsson) and Sigur Ros producer, collaborator, and composer Alex Somers (of Jonsi and Alex, and Riceboy Sleeps) (Feb. 3). In addition, Bjork’s pianist and collaborator Jonas Sen will be performing his own music (Jan. 25) as well as performing with Philip Glass (Jan. 28), and there will be the sneak preview of a new film by Guy Maddin (Jan. 25).
Tickets to Dawson City: Frozen Time available HERE
Tickets to In the Key of X with Jonas Sen available HERE
During the festival, Hilmarsson will participate in a special ceremony in the town of Gimli, Manitoba, the heart of “New Iceland”, presenting a new Rune that celebrates the special relationship between Iceland and the Icelandic community of Manitoba.
The Winnipeg New Music Festival thanks the members of the Manitoba Icelandic community and the government of Iceland for their extraordinary support of this year’s festival including:
- Iceland Naturally
- Arni Thorsteinson & Susan Glass
- The University of Manitoba Icelandic Department
- Peter Johnson
- The Composer Fund of RUV and STEF
- Kenneth Thorlakson