Warp / Weave

Join us in viewing the free online premiere of the concert on Friday, March 12, 2021 at 7:30pm.

Cluster: New Music + Integrated Arts Festival and the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra present WARP / WEAVE, an intimate concert recorded in late September 2020, at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, featuring Winnipeg indie darlings Slow Spirit and Raine Hamilton, conducted by Larry Strachan.

Warp / Weave

A 2018 Canadian Folk Music Award winner, Raine Hamilton delivers resonant, acoustic chamber folk with an otherworldly edge, and a lyric presence that cuts deep. With intricate orchestral arrangements by local composers Kenley Kristofferson and Chris Byman, Raine’s songwriting takes on another level of rich, sublime complexity.

With songs that confer themes of environmental landscapes, intimate portraiture, and healing existential introspection, Slow Spirit borrows the sound baths and noise freak-outs from post-rock, meditative pulsing energy and high-rising melodic arcs from jazz. Eric Roberts is the arranger for this extraordinary setting of their music combining the band and the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra.

Larry Strachan is one of Winnipeg's most eclectically talented music figures. Founder and director of Chamber Orchestra Without Borders and MUSAIC, he is also a composer, pianist, teacher, lecturer, and conductor (Masters of Orchestral Conducting from Shenandoah Conservatory). Larry's finely detailed, and deeply emotive, music is heard on CBC and garnered him the Frances Seaton Award (Manitoba Choral Association). He has conducted performances with the Prince George Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Philharmonic Orchestra, Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Orchestra, and the Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra.