It wouldn't be winter in Winnipeg without the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra's annual New Music Festival. The focus is on the north this year, specifically Iceland, with a number of composers and performing ensembles hailing from the land of fire and ice.
Now in its 21st year, the festival once again welcomes some international composers, including Kaija Saariaho from Finland as Distinguished Guest Composer. Celebrated composers from Iceland include Kjartan Sveinsson, known for his work with Sigur Rós, Daniel Bjarnason, Johann Johannsson and more.
Iceland's Bedroom Community, a composers' collective from Iceland, will share the evening of January 31st at the Winnipeg Art Gallery with GroundSwell.
Composer-in-Residence Vincent Ho is excited to premiere a new concerto on January 30th which he wrote especially for cellist Shauna Rolston, who will perform it on her signature carbon-fiber cello.
The internationally renowned dance troop La La La Human Steps will grace the stage on February 2nd to perform a work set to the music of festival favourite Gavin Bryars.
Canada is represented by composers Alexina Louie, Michael Matthews, Diana McIntosh, Jim Hiscott and Gordon Fitzell.
CBC Radio Two will be recording four of the concerts for future broadcast.
The New Music Festival runs January 28th - February 4th.