send + receive v23
send + receive enters our twenty-third year taking nothing for granted, with deep gratitude for all of the small acts of care and solicitude that make these performances, unthinkable a year ago, possible today. That said, nothing about 2021 recommends a return to business as usual, and we’re planning with safety foremost in mind. All three of our concerts are entirely outdoors; masks are available and remain a great way to protect our community, as well as a simple courtesy by which to sustain live music through the coming season.
Our twenty-third edition revels in environmental variation, engaging the enlarged scale and atmospherics of the outdoors in various locations throughout Winnipeg’s downtown. Join us for three nights of physical immersion in healing and spirited sound, shaking the space between us as we stand apart.
September 9th — Stephen Juba Park
Our twenty-third year begins with an evening of deep and meditative listening between Winnipeg’s Exchange District and the banks of the Red River. Winnipeg-based sound artist Cole Peters explores sound as material and process, composing at the threshold between technology and field.
You’re Me, the Vancouver-based duo of Yu Su and Scott Johnson Gailey, draw from minimalism, electroacoustic sound design, and Eastern instrumentals, reinterpreting the sonic and atmospheric limits of a Neo-traditional Chinese pressure-point exercise known as Yan Bao Jian Cao.
Brooklyn-based sound healer and multi-disciplinary artist C. Lavender creates immersive soundscapes of hypnotic clarity — timbral icons of immanent transcendence, tuning environments for an intensely physical, cathartic ritual of sound.
September 10th — 127 Bannatyne Avenue
Day two transforms a downtown parking lot into an open-air cathedral of light and sound. Winnipeg-based sound artist Memorypond uses field recordings of urban and domestic environments to resynthesize experience as a meditative drone.
The duo of amiskwaciy (Edmonton)-based musician and sound designer Matthew Cardinal and Saskatoon-based media artist Stephanie Kuse spans shimmering modular soundscapes and vividly evolving textures of digital abstraction for a towering sensory experience.
In contrast to their careful recorded output, B.C.-based collaborators City & i.o are a live force to be reckoned with; a voluminous column of sound, matching industrial electronics and rapid-fire drumming.
Co-presented with Prairie Wires.
September 11th — Old Market Square
Our final concert begins with an acousmatic presentation by sound artist and composer Joseph Kamaru, aka KMRU. Resonant Links (2021) investigates our everyday state of aural immersion, positing an oceanic infrastructure of experience.
Toronto-based group Not The Wind, Not The Flag is a roving, ecstatic conversation between two stalwarts of Canadian improvisation, Colin Fisher and Brandon Valdivia. Thorny and picturesque, spanning voices and moods, NTWNTF is a constantly metamorphosing creature and landscape at once.
FYEAR bridges improvisation and composition, electronic and acoustic instrumentation, language and abstract vocalization, and combines a strident pulse with an expansive sense of freedom. The Montréal-based group includes Jason Sharp (compositions, electronics, bass and baritone saxophones), Kaie Kellough (text, voice), Tawhida Tanya Evanson (voice), Joe Grass (pedal steel), Stefan Schneider (drums), JahSun (drums), and Kevin Yuen Kit Lo (type and visual design).
Co-presented with Jazz Winnipeg.
Yvette Janine Jackson | The Coding No. 2 (Synthetic Truths)
In this gallery-based audio-visual installation at Poolside Gallery (221−100 Arthur Street, 2nd Floor) artist and composer Yvette Janine Jackson continues her series The Coding, which debuted in April 2021 as a Fromm Concert for Harvard University. The Coding No. 2 (Synthetic Truths) extends Jackson’s investigation into language and perception, discourse and history, interpreting material from the composer’s Radio Opera Workshop. The Coding No. 2 (Synthetic Truths) opens September 1st and runs until October 3rd.
Co-presented with Video Pool Media Arts Centre, with support from GroundSwell.
Steve Higgins | Laminar Flow
In the early years of Winnipeg, Ross Creek flowed across what is now Main Street at William Avenue, and into the Red River. When the Winnipeg Transfer Railway was constructed in 1890, the creek was diverted and filled. Laminar Flow is a sound installation by Halifax-based artist Steve Higgins, memorializing Ross Creek as an imaginary sequence of seasons and decades. This sonic tributary was originally unveiled in August 2004, and has been reactivated to coincide with send + receive in Stephen Juba Park, running throughout September at Waterfront Drive and Bannatyne Avenue.
CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS
Get in touch if you’d like to volunteer at any of this year’s events! Email send.[email protected]gmail.com or fill out this form.