Counterflows is back for 2013 with a fizzing line-up of artists. Peter Brotzmann, Loren Connors, Jandek, Kan Mikami are just some of the familiar names but there will be new names like Jarse from Finland and Rie Nakajima and local travellers like Hector Bizerk, Gareth Dickson and Richard Youngs There will be a new commission by Lina Lapelyte called Candy Shop looking at the dark disturbing mysogynist language in some hip hop.
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The weekend ahead. All you need to know

The weekend ahead. All you need to know

If you have a ticket booked please bring either: a print out of the eventbrite email show us the email on your phone use the eventbrite iPhone or Android app. Everyone will be given an old school proper event ticket on the door If you have a Festival or a day pass: you will need...
1 day and counting: Rie Nakajima

1 day and counting: Rie Nakajima

It is great to get new stuff happening at the festival. Rie Nakajima is one such soul. I’m really looking forward to seeing what she does. Of course she comes with serious recommendations. Phill Niblock is a friend. In fact we were thinking that she could join them at their show on Saturday but it...
Sterling Smith extra...

Sterling Smith extra…

Counterflows likes to throw some curved balls into the mix just to see what might happen. Well, now we have another one to wet the appetite of fans of the dark and wonderful world we all inhabit. As Cafe Oto put it “a mind boggling late addition”, to a programme of music that is already...
2 days and counting: Cry Parrot

2 days and counting: Cry Parrot

Alasdair asked Fielding from Cry Parrot to write today’s blog post on his plans for the Saturday late night at Stereo… Part of my involvement in Counterflows this year was to curate an afterparty of some sort to follow Kan Mikami, lll人 and Jandek’s performance at Stereo. It wasn’t an easy task. DJing after a...
3 days & counting: lll人

3 days & counting: lll人

Working with Cafe Oto, it is always great to hear from Hamish what is coming through their programme which is the most wonderful and intriguing bunch of music around. When Hamish said that we needed to put on a trio of musicians going by the tricky and beautiful nom de plume lll 人 at Counterflows...
4 days and counting: Is it a good time for this kind of music?

4 days and counting: Is it a good time for this kind of music?

It seems it is an ongoing question and again I was asked it last week for the piece for the Herald covering Counterflows by Kate Molleson. “Is it a good time for this kind of music?” Kate phrased it a bit better than that of course. My simple and possibly flippant answer is that it...
5 days and counting: Counterflows Family Workshop

5 days and counting: Counterflows Family Workshop

A festival should not really just be a series of gigs and Counterflows, as it grows, will develop projects and events where participation will be encouraged in one form or another. Sharing the joys of making music can be such a rewarding experience in so many levels. Daniel Padden who has been a stalwart of...
6 days and counting: Fuaim is Solas

6 days and counting: Fuaim is Solas

Counterflows is about bringing music together from all the myriad of strands of creativity that exist out there. I have been working with Martin Green on and off for years now. His commission Monstre that brought together the Kirkintilloch Brass Band and his own elastic ideas was one highlight of many. When I launched AC...
7 days and counting: Hector Bizerk

7 days and counting: Hector Bizerk

I first heard about Hector Bizerk through asking Fielding Hope of Cry Parrot who was this band with such a great name. I’ve always been partial to these old Scottish names and coupled with the word Bizerk, it’s perfect. There is also the fact that one of my favourite hip-hop records of old is the...
8 days and counting: Jandek

8 days and counting: Jandek

It is a common misconception of the way we lead our lives that we are meant to aspire to this or that way of doing things. In 2004 I was ruminating in the audience at an evening of Instal when on to the stage stepped a be-hatted gentleman who proceeded to wack beautifully at his...
Free sounds of the underground

Free sounds of the underground

Great article and interview with Alasdair in today’s Glasgow Herald on Counterflows. Terminology can be a tricky thing when it comes to a festival such as Counterflows. Sound art, experimental, free, avant-garde? Contemporary, new, noise, downright weird? The opaque descriptors bandied about by the culture industry and by writers like myself are constantly trying to...
9 days and counting: Death Shanties & Alex Neilson

9 days and counting: Death Shanties & Alex Neilson

Alex Neilson has been an important and intelligent force across the Glasgow scene for a while now. A constant collaborator and seeker of new ideas. Alex is a key part of this year’s festival and has been a constant support throughout the getting-of-it-all-together. He will be performing on all the days of the festival and...