Featuring Icelandic pianist, composer and frequent Bjork collaborator Jónas Sen and the enigmatic Canadian experimental songwriter Ensign Broderick, who has recently begun to open a vault of recordings four-decades in the making, The Key of X brings elements of avant composition, improvisation and experimental filmmaking together for a night of nuance, complexity and beauty. Of special note is the exclusive preview of a new short film ACCIDENCE by Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson and Galen Johnson.
ACCIDENCE, an original composition by Ensign Broderick upon which the film is based, is a creative and conceptual centerpiece of The Key of X. These pieces explore ideas of disorientation, survival and the search for oneness, inspired in part by the folktale of Hansel and Gretel. ACCIDENCE provides a springboard for The Key of X’s artistic elements and collaboration between artists.
THE KEY OF X program includes:
– Ensign Broderick performance w/Bret Higgins and Winnipeg-based string quartet.
– Jónas Sen performance.
– Ensign Broderick x Jónas Sen collaborative performance including composition by Sen and improvisational rendition of “Accidence.”
– Exclusive preview of new short film ACCIDENCE by Guy Maddin.
ABOUT ENSIGN BRODERICK
With arena-sized glam and rock opera-wattage sparkle, Ensign Broderick’s dramatic, piano-driven sound gushes with the opulence and flamboyance of late 70s New Romanticism, Baroque melodrama and timeless teenage angst. A mysterious and reclusive figure, Ensign Broderick has emerged out of nowhere with a fully-formed artistic vision that is completely out of time and wholly compelling, a lavish mixture of personal secrecy and raw, naked emotion bared in song. Ensign Broderick’s Six Shooter debut, Feast of Panthers, will be released on March 9, 2018.
ABOUT JÓNAS SEN
Jonas Sen is best known as the keyboard player in Björk’s band on her various world tours. More recently he has been a guest performer in several of Björk’s Biophilia shows. Björk and Jónas have also made a number of transcriptions and arrangements of Björk’s other songs that were published in 2017 as sheet music.
At present Jónas works as a composer, pianist, music arranger, critic and creator of TV programs. He has created and hosted many programs about music in Iceland including joint productions with the Reykjavik Arts Festival and the Icelandic Broadcasting Corporation.