This Sunday night (May 25) will be the final concert of this season's Jazz Winnipeg Nu Sounds concert series. The finale concert is an ambitious one featuring Steve Kirby and his Longitude Project. Watch his interview on Jazz After 9 here!

The project represents a whole set of compositions and arrangements that track musical styles from the tip of South America through to the northernmost points of Canada. Argentina will be represented by the tango, Peru by the pan flute sound and Brazil by the Carnival energy of samba music. Moving north, we’ll hear the ranchero sound representing Bolivia, “reggae en Español” for Panama, and a jazz take on mariachi music for Mexico.

Heading into North America, Steve Kirby has put together a North-South-East-West collage to capture the character of the US, a First Nation piece invoking the medicine drum, and a portrait of the emerging Winnipeg sound. The northward trek will end with a piece that carries the imprint of Nunuvut and Inuit throat-singing.

For this Nu Sounds Series concert, Steve Kirby has assembled a new incarnation of the Oceanic Jazz Orchestra., a cross-cultural, multi-generational group of musicians. Beyond this high-level jazz ensemble, the performance will be enhanced by the surprising aural qualities of cello, electronics, and modified voice.

Watch his interview on Jazz After 9 with host Neil Coligan here.



The Longitude Projects is Sunday night May 25, 8:00 PM at The Park Theatre (698 Osborne St.)

Tickets are $12 in advance/$15 door