Arts & Happenings


Form and Flow
January 26, 2020 | 2-4 pm | The Common at The Forks Market

One of the best things about the Winnipeg New Music Festival is not knowing what you’re going to hear or see next. Join the University of Manitoba Percussion Ensemble and the eXperimental Improv Ensemble (XIE) at The Forks for a series of short pop up concerts between 2-4pm. We will be premiering new works by Desautels Faculty of Music composition students as well as creating site specific improvisations in the venue. Come and hear innovative and cutting-edge creations written and performed by up and coming musicians in one of the best public venues Winnipeg has to offer. 


Skywalk Concert Series: Indigenous New Music performed by the Brandon University New Music Ensemble. 
January 30, 2020 | 12:10 – 12:50 pm | Millennium Library Carol Shields Auditorium

The Brandon University New Music Ensemble (BUNME) directed by Megumi Masaki performs Indigenous compositions by Cris Derksenthat “braids the traditional with the contemporary” and Ian Cussonthat “explores the Canadian Aboriginal experience, including the history of the Métis people, the hybridity of mixed-racial identity, and the intersection of Western and Indigenous cultures.” BUNME musicians: HwanGyu Cho, Kayla Hay, Alanna Hunter, David Yu Juncheng, Kendra Maxon, Jake Moral, Angela Myshkowsky, Wilhelm Neufeld, Azaria Neuschwander, Mishelle Renz, Jaimie Rose, Josias Sanchez, Megumi Masaki.

Sonic Trails
January 31, 2020 | 10 am – 9 pm | Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Garden of Contemplation

Sonic Trails
January 31, 2020 | 10 am – 9 pm | Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Garden of Contemplation

Örjan Sandred, composer

In “Sonic Trails : the Prairies”, composer Örjan Sandred uses the sound of environments from locations around Winnipeg as the base for immersive soundscapes. Sophisticated computer algorithms using artificial intelligence take decisions for how the sound-paintings evolve during the performance. The computer makes every moment unique – sometimes recognizable elements stick out and occasionally the soundscape opens up and puts us in a new context. The installation transfers us from our exterior impression of the surrounding to an internal experience of abstract beauty. The end result is the fascination for objects we do not control.