Jazz Winnipeg & The Winnipeg New Music Festival Present
A Very Special World Premiere Live Score
DAWSON CITY: FROZEN TIME
February 3 | Knox United Church | Doors 7:30 pm Concert 8:00 pm | $32 Advance $37 Door
Bill Morrison pieces together the bizarre, true history of a long-lost collection of 533 nitrate film prints from the early 1900s. Located just south of the Arctic Circle, Dawson City was the final stop for a distribution chain that sent prints and newsreels to the Yukon. The films were seldom returned. The Dawson City Collection was uncovered in 1978 when a bulldozer dug up a horde of film cans. Morrison draws on these permafrost-protected, rare silent films and newsreels, pairing them with archival footage, interviews, historical photographs, and an enigmatic live score by Sigur Rós collaborator and composer Alex Somers.
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The Key of X
January 25 | 8:00 pm | The Park Theatre
The Key of X is an exciting addition to the upcoming Winnipeg New Music Festival.
Featuring Icelandic pianist, composer and frequent Björk collaborator Jónas Sen and the enigmatic Canadian experimental songwriter Ensign Broderick, who has recently begun to open a vault of recordings four-decades in the making, The Key of X brings elements of avant composition, improvisation and experimental filmmaking together for a night of nuance, complexity and beauty. Of special note is the exclusive preview of a new short film ACCIDENCE by Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson and Galen Johnson.
ACCIDENCE, an original composition by Ensign Broderick upon which the film is based, is a creative and conceptual centerpiece of The Key of X. These pieces explore ideas of disorientation, survival and the search for oneness, inspired in part by the folktale of Hansel and Gretel. ACCIDENCE provides a springboard for The Key of X’s artistic elements and collaboration between artists.
THE KEY OF X program includes:
• Ensign Broderick performance w/ Winnipeg-based string quartet
• Jónas Sen performance
• Ensign Broderick x Jónas Sen collaborative performance including composition by Sen and improvisational rendition of “Accidence”
• Exclusive preview of new short film ACCIDENCE by Guy Maddin
About Ensign Broderick
With arena-sized glam and rock opera-wattage sparkle, Ensign Broderick’s dramatic, piano-driven sound gushes with the opulence and flamboyance of late ’70s New Romanticism, Baroque melodrama and timeless teenage angst. A mysterious and reclusive figure, Ensign Broderick has emerged out of nowhere with a fully-formed artistic vision that is completely out of time and wholly compelling, a lavish mixture of personal secrecy and raw, naked emotion bared in song. Ensign Broderick’s Six Shooter debut, Feast of Panthers, will be released on March 9, 2018.
About Jónas Sen
Jonas Sen is best known as the keyboard player in Björk’s band on her various world tours. More recently he has been a guest performer in several of Björk’s Biophilia shows. Björk and Jónas have also made a number of transcriptions and arrangements of Björk’s other songs that were published in 2017 as sheet music. At present Jónas works as a composer, pianist, music arranger, critic and creator of TV programs. He has created and hosted many programs about music in Iceland including joint productions with the Reykjavík Arts Festival and the Icelandic Broadcasting Corporation.
Portal Zero at Centennial Concert Hall
January 27–February 2
Portal Zero is an architectural folly corresponding to the shape and spirit of place and event. The site specific installation acts as a self-referential metaphor for Architecture. Is it a form, a vessel, an instrument, a repository, a sanctum, a symbol, a listening booth? Yes, it is.
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