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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Counterflows Residency: Day 8

Counterflows Residency: Day 8

Counterflows is officially underway. It’s Saturday, and here at the CCA we’re preparing to share the fruits of a week-long residency with you all. We’ll not give too much away, but we do want to give you a bit of an idea of timings. The session kicks off at 4pm. When you arrive – between...
Counterflows Residency: Day 6

Counterflows Residency: Day 6

First things first: the work that Janie and Annette are making is very very strong. It’s amazing what comes out of just a few days of working together…of knowing each other in fact. It’s worth coming to see. Event registration for Counterflows’ Residency with Annette Krebs & Janie Nicoll powered by Eventbrite Today was a...
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...
Counterflows Residency: Day 4

Counterflows Residency: Day 4

Janie Nicol and Annette Krebs are a couple of days into their Counterflows Residency. Inevitably, everything they do has hanging over it the spectre of Saturday: what will we share with the public? Will we present a piece of work? Or (and?) will we have a conversation about how the residency has panned out? If...
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...
Counterflows Residency: Day 1

Counterflows Residency: Day 1

Today we kicked off the first Counterflows Residency. Visual artist Janie Nicoll and Composer / performer Annette Krebs are working together for 8 days in the CCA Creative Lab. Bringing different artforms together and also different cultures – Janie is based in Glasgow and Annette in Berlin – they’ll be using their time to explore...
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...