Prairie Wires Modular 2021 Festival of Electronic Sound
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.