PRAIRIE WIRES

Prairie Wires was established in 2019 to create live performance opportunities for sound-based artist and experimental electronic musicians with a strong focus on modular synthesis. Events are a mix of curated and open-call participatory, strengthening ties between communities and providing opportunities to share knowledge, network and collaborate.


Prairie Wires is humbled to exist on Treaty 2 territory, the traditional shared land of Cree, Oji-Cree, Anishinaabeg, Dakota, and Dene peoples, and the Homeland of the Métis Nation. Prairie Wires continues to work towards reconciliation, decolonization, Indigenization and diversification of this art form long dominated by Euro-Caucasian males by striving for inclusivity of Indigenous, BIPOC, Women, Trans and non-binary artists.

UPCOMING EVENTS

PWM2021

Prairie Wires Modular 2021 – A Festival of Electronic Sound
September 12, 2021 – Festival Park Amphitheatre, Brandon Manitoba

Prairie Wires Modular 2021 is a 100% free, family friendly COVID-safe outdoor gathering of Canadian Prairie based modular synthesizer musicians, artists and enthusiasts. Join us at the Riverbank Discovery Centre Festival Park for a free full day of sonic exploration featuring a public open house modular meetup, Modular on the Spot casual performances and an evening multi-media concert all set against a wide open prairie sky.

Prairie Wires Modular 2021, A Festival of Electronic Sound” is a free family-friendly all day outdoor festival of modular synthesis in Brandon Manitoba Canada.PWM2021 will take place in an open air amphitheater on Sunday September 12, 2021 from 11:00AM – 10:30PM at the Riverbank Discovery Centre Festival Park, 545 Conservation Dr, Brandon Manitoba).


SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

12noon-3:00pm
PATCH & TELL
A modular meetup and public open house, “Patch & Tell” is best described as a combination of science fair and show and tell… but all about modular synthesizers. It is an opportunity for modular synth artists and enthusiasts to gather and network… sharing their works in progress, philosophies, tips and tricks etc. It is also a chance for the curious public to be exposed to the idea of modular synthesis by taking in demonstrations, discussions and displays. Everyone is welcome to come just hang out, or engage in conversation and q&a with the visiting artists.


3:00-5:00pm
MANITOBA MODULAR ON THE SPOT
Kind of like a modular synth open mic, Modular on the Spot is an informal concert featuring a who’s who of the Manitoba modular scene. Hosted by Winnipeg’s Harrumph! (Scott Clark) and Bondegi (Chris Harder), this event will feature short sets by artists from Winnipeg and Brandon. Each artist will take a turn playing a short prepared patchModular on the Spot founded in Los Angeles by Eric ‘Rodent’ Cheslak and Bana Haffar in 2014 and has three simple rules. 1) Always Free. 2) Always outdoors and 3) Always all modular. The format has resonated with modular aficionados and has since spread, through local initiative, to over 20 cities across the U.S. and abroad. This will be Brandon’s second Modular on the Spot.


7:00-10:30pm
MODULAR IN THE EVENING 2.0
End the evening with a curated multimedia concert in four acts


7:00-7:40pm
forestine (Winnipeg, MB ):
forestine, aka Lindsay Joy (they/them), is an experimental sound artist who uses modular synths to create dark, angular and ethereal music exploring vulnerability and feelings through texture, noise and melody.

7:50-8:30pm
e.dulanowsky (Regina, SK):e. dulanowsky is Ernie Dulanowsky (he/him), an electronic sound composer and performer using homemade and commercial non-keyboard electronics to create ambient drone and noise pieces. His work is informed by the sounds found at the intersection of office building ambience and broken media transmissions

8:40-920pm
Shotgun Jimmie & Leanne Zacharias w/ Casey Koyczan (Brandon, MB / Yellowknife, NT):
For Prairie Wires Modular 2021, Jimmie Kilpatrick will be collaborating with cellist Leanne Zacharias. Exploring conversations between electronic and acoustic music, the duo will incorporate a hodgepodge of effects units, synthesizers, guitar pedals and the shruti box.

Jimmie Kilpatrick (he/him) is a musician and interdisciplinary artist based in Brandon, Manitoba. He’s been touring regularly and releasing records on Toronto’s You’ve Changed Records since 2009. Kilpatrick cut his rock ‘n’ roll teeth in the early 2000’s, playing alongside Fred Squire, Julie Doiron, Paul Henderson and Jesse Baird in seminal east coast indie outfit Shotgun and Jaybird. He has appeared on recordings by John K. Samson, Christine Fellows, Joel Plaskett and By Divine Right. His 2011 release Transistor Sister was long-listed for Canada’s Polaris Music Prize.

Leanne Zacharias (she/her) is a cellist, interdisciplinary artist and educator known for innovative collaborations across genres and geographies. Her unique performances connect listeners, performers and the environment in both intimate settings and large-scale public works in museums, art galleries, brick chimneys, marble stairwells, rowboats and other unlikely sites around North America, Mexico and Europe. On faculty at BU since 2008, she teaches widely including including A Wild Studio (Canadian National Parks), Rosamunde Academy, Domaine Forget International Academy, Prairie Cello Institute and Hybrid Intensive (San Francisco). Redshift Records recently released her solo album Music for Spaces.

Casey Koyczan (he/him) is a Tlicho Dene interdisciplinary artist from Yellowknife, NT, that works with various mediums to communicate how culture and technology coincide together alongside the political, economic, and environmental challenges in the world. He is an international artist that has participated in many residencies, exhibits, festivals and collaborations in parts of the world such as Finland, Colombia, Chile, Mexico, The Netherlands, and the UK. He is also a musician, producer, filmmaker, actor, writer, teacher, workshop facilitator, graphic designer, web designer and advocate for future generations of artists and musicians.

9:30-10:20pm
Matthew Cardinal with Stephanie Kuse (Edmonton, AB / Saskatoon SK):
Matthew Cardinal (he/him) is an amiskwaciy (Edmonton, AB) based musician, composer, and sound designer known for his work with Polaris Short List nominee group nêhiyawak. Cardinal’s solo full-length album Asterisms was released in October 2020 on Arts & Crafts. Cardinal’s music moves from delicate, minimalist pieces to vast drones and sparkling modular synthesizer beats. He has been performing music across the country for the last 9 years in various groups, as well as doing soundtrack work in film and sound for installations.

Stephanie Kuse (she/her) is a media artist living on Treaty 6 Territory (Saskatoon, SK). Utilizing 3D rendering and digitally manipulated video footage, Kuse works alongside musicians and audio artists to create impactful audio/visual installations, live performances and visualizers. She is inspired by sparse landscapes, contrasting natural textures and the everchanging prairie light. She works to capture small natural details and through various mediums reinterprets them in an often surreal, gentle yet distorted manner.


This festival is supported by grants from the Manitoba Arts Council and the Brandon Neighbourhood Renewal Corporation with additional support from Send + Receive, The Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba, Webber Printing and Fader’s Music



Festival Park Amphitheatre, Riverbank Discovery Centre

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