Cluster 5: March 1-9, 2014

Unless indicated otherwise, all concerts take place at Urban Shaman Gallery, 203-290 McDermot Ave [map]

All current ticket information is located on our tickets page.


Invisible Lines, Loops, and Lips
Saturday, March 1, 2014, 8pm

Cluster 5 kicks off with three sets of electrifying experience, featuring:

Adam Basanta & Julian Stein’s feedback installation Invisible Lines / local loopers: Kelly Ruth & Natanielle Felicitas amplified loom and cello duo / Rayannah & Violent Screech’s This Cold Place //

Montreal percussion quartet Architek explore the relationship between speech and sound with Zig Bang / Diana McIntosh’s new sound poem O / Jason Sharp & Kaie Kellough combine looping bass saxophone and performance poetry //

Winnipeg’s Ghost Twin take us to the end of the night with roaring synthlines, dirty pulsing bass, haunting vocals and live video percussion

O was created with the generous support of the Manitoba Arts Council.

Double Build
Thursday, March 6, 2014

Urban Shaman, 7pm (free admission)
Hear the transformative sound of melting ice in Portuguese artist Gil Delindro’s new installation created specially for Cluster 2014. Microphones are encased in huge slabs of ice, which melt onto an amplified heated metal pad. The result: a cacophonic constellation of cracking, dripping, and hissing. Deli Gleba’s multi-disciplinary installation constructing memory explores the act of rebuilding memory through the stasis of time.

RAW Gallery, 290 McDermot
Amplification by inversion: Canadian solo violinist Mira Benjamin plays an intimate recital of compelling experimental compositions that draw the listener’s ear closer to the violin than ever before, featuring new works by Martin Arnold, John Lely, Cassandra Miller, and Luke Nickel.

This concert is generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts.

Room Dynamics
Friday, March 7, 2014, 8pm

The outdoors become the indoors; the ceiling becomes a stage; snow and light turn to sound.

Adam Basanta performs his amplified lightbulb installation Room Dynamics / Local composer and sound artist Garth Hardy’s sonic reflection on Churchill / Gil Delindro presents a new film and performs using amplified melting snow / Ken Gregory’s hybrid prairie explores the sounds beneath and in between the prairie landscape.

Saturday, March 8, 2014, 8pm

toys, books, microphones, synthesizers, paper, pencils, cameras, keyboards, heartbeats: the festival ends with four supersonic sets.

James O’Callaghan presents two new works: an electroacoustic work for toy piano and guitar and a new book quartet performed by Architek / Cluster graphic designer John Funk jumps off the page and into the speakers

Cluster’s 2014 cohort (including the U of M’s XIE) come together to present a large scale jam as well as a realization of James Saunders’ with paper

Hear saxophonist Jason Sharp’s amplified heartbeat as he races against it / colourful concert pianist Xenia Pestova punctuates the evening with works for keyboards and electronics

After Hours – Palm Trees

Free Event

Cluster Festival Composer Panel
Tuesday, March 4, 2014, 7:30pm

McNally Robinson Booksellers

Special Events

Table Manners

Pop-Up Dinners
Sunday, March 2 + 9

Cluster is collaborating with Table Manners to present two Pop-Up Dinners as part of the 2014 Cluster: New Music + Integrated Arts Festival. The evening will consist of a gourmet, multi-course meal created live by local chef collective, Table Manners, interspersed with performances and installations by Cluster artists which augment and interact with the cooking and food, providing a new level of culinary experience. Featured artists include: Jason Sharp, Adam Basanta, the eXperimental Improv Ensemble, Gordon Fitzell, DJBeekeeni & more.

Artists + Performers