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Prairie Wires is excit­ed to announce this year’s Prairie Wires Mod­u­lar 2021, Fes­ti­val of Elec­tron­ic Sound (PWM2021) will be held Sun­day, Sep­tem­ber 12 in Bran­don, MB. The free open-air COVID-safe elec­tron­ic music and sound art fes­ti­val will run from 12 noon to 10:30 p.m. at the Fes­ti­val Park Amphithe­atre locat­ed at River­bank Dis­cov­ery Cen­tre (545 Con­ser­va­tion Dr, Bran­don Manitoba).

We are extreme­ly hap­py to be able to bring live elec­tron­ic music back to Bran­don!” said Prairie Wires direc­tor Bren­don Ehinger. The inau­gur­al Prairie Wires Mod­u­lar fes­ti­val in 2019 was small, but it was a huge suc­cess. Ongo­ing chal­lenges of the pan­dem­ic forced us to post­pone pre­sent­ing this fes­ti­val in 2020, so it is so excit­ing it can final­ly happen!”

Con­tin­u­ing the tra­di­tion of pre­sent­ing artists work­ing with mod­u­lar syn­the­sis, this year’s fes­ti­val is the fifth Prairie Wires event since the organization’s incep­tion in 2019. PWM2021 fes­tiv­i­ties include an after­noon mod­u­lar synth meet­up and fam­i­ly friend­ly pub­lic open house, as well as a spe­cial­ly curat­ed evening mul­ti­me­dia con­cert fea­tur­ing top tier per­form­ers from all three Prairie provinces. Pop-up per­for­mances will also be run­ning through­out the after­noon fea­tur­ing sev­er­al Man­i­to­ba-based musi­cians and artists. The fes­ti­val is gra­cious­ly sup­port­ed by grants from the Man­i­to­ba Arts Coun­cil and the Bran­don Neigh­bour­hood Renew­al Corporation.

Syn­the­sists and artists already sched­uled to per­form include Matthew Car­di­nal (Edmon­ton, AB), Stephanie Kuse (Saska­toon SK), Ernie Dulanows­ki (Regi­na SK), fores­tine (Win­nipeg, MB), as well as Brandon’s own Shot­gun Jim­my with Leanne Zacharias who will be col­lab­o­rat­ing with Tli­cho Dene inter­dis­ci­pli­nary artist Casey Koy­czan from Yel­lowknife, NT. An open call for the mod­u­lar meet­up has been met with enthu­si­as­tic respons­es from no less than 10 par­tic­i­pants from around the province. All the events are free of charge, open to the pub­lic, fam­i­ly friend­ly and COVID-safe.

For the unini­ti­at­ed, mod­u­lar syn­the­siz­ers are musi­cal instru­ments that con­nect music, art and sci­ence. Unlike the com­mon key­board syn­the­siz­er that has pre­set sounds hard wired under the hood’, a mod­u­lar syn­the­siz­er is a high­ly cus­tomiz­able col­lec­tion of sound and con­trol mod­ules that can be con­fig­ured and con­nect­ed in a vari­ety of ways by the user,” said Ehinger. The son­ic pos­si­bil­i­ties are only lim­it­ed by imag­i­na­tion and cre­ativ­i­ty and the Prairie Wires Mod­u­lar open house is the per­fect place to learn more about this fas­ci­nat­ing instrument.”

Addi­tion­al pro­gram and per­for­mance details are now avail­able online. Find Prairie Wires on social media or vis­it prairiewires​.ca for more information.

Rec­og­niz­ing the unique inter­sec­tion between art and elec­tron­ic music that mod­u­lar syn­the­sis rep­re­sents, Prairie Wires Mod­u­lar pro­motes exper­i­men­tal artists, musi­cians and events across the Prairies. Based in Bran­don, Man­i­to­ba, Prairie Wires’ geog­ra­phy is unique­ly posi­tioned to serve as a hub and meet­ing place for artists from across the Prairies.