eXperimental Improv Ensemble (XIE)


The eXperimental Improv Ensemble is an interdisciplinary performance group. Activities of the ensemble vary widely, ranging from live soundtrack performance to the mounting of media art installations. The XIE is dedicated to fostering interdisciplinary collaboration with partners both on and off campus. Recent academic collaborations include projects with Architecture, Computer Science, Sculpture, and Electrical Engineering.


Performances. The XIE performs approximately six times per year, typically including Faculty of Music recitals, Jamming the Dragon (see below), and a host of special projects.

Recent performances include pre-concert events at the Winnipeg New Music Festival, an evening of live soundtracks at Cinémathèque (presented by GroundSwell), an outdoor sound installation for the Museum of Clear Ideas, and Taste for Justice—a “sonic cuisine” fund-raiser sponsored by Amnesty International.

Jamming the Dragon. One evening per term, the XIE hosts an open stage for improvised experimental music in Winnipeg’s lively Exchange District. These events feature members of the XIE as well as special guests and members of the local improv community. Admission is typically free with charitable donation.

Ensemble Details. The XIE is open to all University of Manitoba students, at the discretion of the director. For Bachelor of Music students, it normally fulfills the small ensemble requirement; for Composition majors, it can, upon request, fulfill the large ensemble requirement.

Contact. For further information about the XIE contact Gordon Fitzell at gordon_fitzell@umanitoba.ca.