JazzFest x CMHR
Jun
18
5:30 PM17:30

JazzFest x CMHR

FEATURING Cécile McLorin Salvant, Joshua Redman Quartet, Brian Blade & the Fellowship, Laila Biali, Beverly Glenn-Copeland, Dominique Fils-Aimé, and more!

An immersive multi-stage concert event at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights featuring the best in local and international jazz. Join us as we kick off our 30th annual festival!

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Rayannah "Nos repaires (Our Haunts)" Album Release Concert w/ Ashley Au + Gabriela Ocejo
Mar
16
7:15 PM19:15

Rayannah "Nos repaires (Our Haunts)" Album Release Concert w/ Ashley Au + Gabriela Ocejo

Rayannah releases her much-anticipated debut full-length album, Nos repaires (Our Haunts), due out on Friday March 8, followed by an album release concert at the West End Cultural Centre on Saturday March 16.

The record showcases Rayannah’s unique electro-soul sound, and features songs created over a five-year span. Underscored by intricate beat-making and dense soundscapes, most of the songs on this record are sung in French, but emotion transcends language to pull listeners into a world both dark and sweet.

Audiences can look forward to a live show featuring members of Royal Canoe, the Dirty Catfish Brass Band, and multi-instrumentalist Marjorie Fiset. The evening will also feature projections by Saskatoon-based visual artist Stephanie Kuse, and set design by Miguel Fortier. Both Stephanie and Miguel collaborated with Rayannah in November 2018 for her NuSounds show, wowing audiences with meticulous and artful visual design and aesthetic.


ABOUT ASHLEY AU + GABRIELA OCEJO

Gabriela Ocejo and Ashley Au are familiar faces in Winnipeg’s music scene as collaborators with some of Winnipeg’s favourite bands.  In this new project, Gabi and Ash bring together elements and sensibilities from jazz, soul, R&B and folk, with spare arrangements that look inward, exploring loss, love, neurosis, fear, and the moment of vulnerability that comes with saying it out loud.

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Erin Propp and Larry Roy feat. Yuri Hooker: NuSounds
Mar
3
8:00 PM20:00

Erin Propp and Larry Roy feat. Yuri Hooker: NuSounds

Wanting to explore each other's musical worlds, Erin Propp and Yuri Hooker became fast friends and schemed several ways to unite their respective crafts. Yuri's cello wizardry and Erin's singular voice have blended their symphonic and jazz backgrounds to create a new concert of inspired repertoire.

ERIN PROPP and LARRY ROY
There is nuance in the everyday; in its layers of love, joy, and hurt, and in its emotional currents ever present. Erin reaches into the everyday and blurs the edges, creating works that are at once deeply personal and achingly relatable. These are songs that take it all in, that read between the lines, that hear the subtext, that feel it, that say it out loud.

YURI HOOKER
Longtime principal cellist of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Yuri Hooker is well-known for his passionate and soulful interpretations of a wide range of repertoire. His frequent solo appearances have met with wide acclaim.

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PRESENTED WITH MANITOBA MUSIC + UMFM 101.5
SUPPORTED BY THE MANITOBA ARTS COUNCIL

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Mike Downes Quartet
Feb
12
8:00 PM20:00

Mike Downes Quartet

Fresh off his 2018 Juno win for Jazz Album Of The Year, Mike Downes Quartet is undertaking a cross-Canada tour in support of this acclaimed album Root Structure. Joined by Canadian jazz all-stars Robi Botos, Larnell Lewis and Ted Quinlan.

Originally a Winnipegger, Mike Downes was a regular with the Ron Paley Big Band. Since pursuing a career on bigger stages, he has also performed with Pat Methany, Oliver Jones, Molly Johnson, and more, as well as being part of over 15 Juno-nominated albums.

In 1994 Mike moved to Toronto and formed the Mike Downes Quartet, which became a fixture on the city’s jazz scene.  They have now won two Juno awards.

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Sean Irvine: NuSounds
Jan
27
8:00 PM20:00

Sean Irvine: NuSounds

Woodwind Specialist Sean Irvine and Synesthesia Artist Alexandra Hasenpflug team up to provide a collaborative, immersive artistic experience inspired by music from around the world.

The Music: Guided by the compositional techniques of Woodwind specialist Sean Irvine, the concert will visit 10 countries around the world; reimagining their traditional folk songs within the linguistics of the Jazz dialect. Accompanied by Andrew Littleford on trumpet, Will Bonness on piano, John Baron on bass, and Kevin Waters on drums, this promises to be an exciting trip around our little blue ball.

The Art: Painter Alexandra Hasenpflug is a unique artist, and has appeared as a guest on the renowned TEDTalks series. Having the ability to see colour in the music we listen to in our lives (through experiencing Synesthesia), Alexandra brings image to the sound of music. Alexandra will be painting throughout the concert, and we will be featuring a collection of her original works available for purchase.

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PRESENTED WITH MANITOBA MUSIC + UMFM 101.5
SUPPORTED BY THE MANITOBA ARTS COUNCIL

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Rayannah w/ Marisolle Negash: NuSounds
Nov
25
8:00 PM20:00

Rayannah w/ Marisolle Negash: NuSounds

On the heels of her fall tour, Rayannah returns home to Winnipeg for a unique multidisciplinary performance. Drawing from the imagery in her recent dance-themed videos, Rayannah will be joined on stage by contemporary dancers Emily Solstice Tait and Jillian Groening. Saskatoon-based projection artist Stephanie Kuse will transform the space with dreamy live visuals, dousing the Good Will in light and colour.

Following the thread of their previous work on screen together, these four collaborators now meet on stage for a singular night of music and movement.

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About Marisolle Negash (Winnipeg): Habesha/Filipina-Canadian multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Marisolle Negash is an independent R&B artist from Winnipeg, MB. Classically trained from the age of 9, she is equal parts powerful technique and fluid writer. Hooking her audience with dissonant harmony and poignant questions, she is a performer of vulnerability and abandonment. Debuting her work at the TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival in 2017, Marisolle has been adding to her catalogue as she prepares to release her debut EP in late 2018. 

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Todd Martin's Halloween w/ Trio Telfaer: NuSounds
Oct
28
8:00 PM20:00

Todd Martin's Halloween w/ Trio Telfaer: NuSounds

The Winnipeg Premiere of Gruber's Frankenstein!!

A pan-demonium for chansonnier and 13-person orchestra, with children's rhymes by HC Artmann.

Frankenstein!! is hugely entertaining and devilishly clever, and it has proved very popular in the 20 years since Gruber wrote it. The music touches all those areas of culture to which the texts (in which Frankenstein and Dracula rub shoulders with James Bond and Goldfinger) refer. So pop music and hints of folk-song, Kurt Weill and Hanns Eisler are all thrown into the mix to fuse with Stravinskian neo-classicism and the long tradition of Viennese cabaret. The humour is black but quizzically genial, Gruber's own performance is gleefully exuberant, but there is something to the musical style of Frankenstein!! which taps deep roots and protects it from being no more than an entertaining jeu d'esprit.

Todd Martin is the leader of the Dirty Catfish Brass Band, and performs regularly with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and Ron Paley Big Band. He is also an instructor with the Bridge Program and Manitoba Conservatory.

ABOUT TRIO TELFAER

https://triotelfaer.bandcamp.com/

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Jill Barber w/ Justin Nozuka
Oct
22
8:00 PM20:00

Jill Barber w/ Justin Nozuka

Jill Barber has once again reinvented herself. On her latest album, Metaphora, Barber boldly bursts into the world of contemporary pop music. The dramatic result is a Jill Barber like you’ve never heard before; a showcase of her power and vulnerability as both an artist and a woman. Evolving over the course of many albums from folk to jazz, R & B and pop, her success is defined not by genre, but by her undeniable songwriting chops and distinctive voice. Metaphora is a continuation of Barber’s musical story that confidently tackles everything from issues of empowerment, sexual politics, the complications of love, and depression. It’s introspective and personal. It’s also a dance party. 

It was a mutual friend and musician, Hannah Georgas who introduced Jill to Ryan Guldemond, the enigmatic lead singer of Mother Mother. Serendipitously, Ryan lives just a few blocks away on the same East Vancouver street as Barber, and they began having regular songwriting sessions.  Guldemond co-wrote four of Metaphora‘s nine songs, including the instantly catchy lead single,”Girls Gotta Do“, a hook-filled and very timely call to arms that aims to “challenge the patriarchal status quo, as we usher in a new era of equality” says Barber.

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Jakob Bro Trio w/ BlinkerPhase
Oct
14
8:00 PM20:00

Jakob Bro Trio w/ BlinkerPhase

Copenhagen-based ECM Records artist Jakob Bro first enchanted Winnipeg audiences opening for Gregory Porter at the Burton Cummings Theatre during our 2017 festival.  Jakob’s ambient, patient guitar stylings draw from a similar stylistic well as label-mate Bill Frisell.  The trio will be touring in support of their stunning new album Bay Of Rainbows.

Joined by acclaimed drummer Joey Barron (Chet Baker, Stan Getz, Bill Frisell, John Zorn) and leading bassist Thomas Morgan (regular on ECM Records, Verve, Blue Note releases) , the trio has released a series of highly acclaimed albums through legendary jazz + classical label ECM Records.

About BlinkerPhase (Winnipeg): Sheena Rattai and Daniel Jordan began messing around with looping guitar riffs, grooves, and building songs on Garageband via email in between playing with their primary project, Red Moon Road.  Since then they have a collection of songs that sound somewhere between Tune-Yards and D'Angelo. An outlet for their many "non-folk" musical influences, BlinkerPhase explores groove and improvisation within the confine of set harmonic repetition.  Relying on the "chords staying the same," BlinkerPhase seeks to explore how much else can be done within the song.

This project premiered for Nu Sounds 2017 and returns now for a second Jazz Winnipeg show.

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GoGo Penguin w/ Guillaume Perret
Jun
24
8:00 PM20:00

GoGo Penguin w/ Guillaume Perret

Noted for their hypnotic melodies, visceral bass lines, and tidal rhythm, Manchester-based leftfield piano trio, GoGo Penguin, are pianist Chris Illingworth, bassist Nick Blacka, and drummer Rob Turner. Their music has been described as acoustic-electronica, but they draw equally on jazz, minimalism, game soundtracks, and glitchy electronica to create their unique music.

It’s music for the heart, head, and feet and saw their album, v2.0, named a Mercury Prize Album of the Year 2014. In 2016 they released the album Man Made Object and more recently they have been touring their own score to Godfrey Reggio’s cult film, Koyaanisqatsi. Their new album, A Humdrum Star, was released this past February.

Supported by acclaimed French solo saxophonist Guillaume Perret.

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GUILLAUME PERRET PRESENTED BY ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DU MANITOBA & LES DROITS DES ARTISTES-INTERPRÈTES

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