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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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...
10 days and counting: Phill Niblock and Thomas Ankersmit

10 days and counting: Phill Niblock and Thomas Ankersmit

Way back at one of the early Instal festivals run by Barry and Bryony of Arika, I think before they were called Arika, I was excited to hear that they had Phill Niblock performing. At this point I had only heard his music through the insubstantial CD format. When I stepped into one of the...
11 days and counting: Counterflows Commission - Lina Lapelyte's Candy Shop

11 days and counting: Counterflows Commission – Lina Lapelyte’s Candy Shop

I first worked with Lina Lapelyte at Le Weekend 2010 when she played violin as part of a commission devised by Mark Wastell.
12 days days and counting: Peter Brotzmann & Paal Nilssen-Love

12 days days and counting: Peter Brotzmann & Paal Nilssen-Love

No excuses needed for having Peter Brotzmann and Paal Nilssen-Love play at Counterflows. And certainly none from me. They are two of the most profound and astonishing musicians around. I first heard Peter Brotzmann live at the 2001 Le Weekend festival in Stirling, way back before I was involved in the festival other than as...
13 days and counting: Sami Sanpakkila and Jarse

13 days and counting: Sami Sanpakkila and Jarse

I’ve been lucky enough to be able to go over to Finland for a week for the last couple of years. It is an amazing place and the people have a wonderful grasp on life. Last year when I was there I made a point of meeting up in Tampere with the very special Sami...
14 days and counting: The Counterflows Residency with Annette Krebs and Janie Nicoll

14 days and counting: The Counterflows Residency with Annette Krebs and Janie Nicoll

The Counterflows Residency with Annette Krebs and Janie Nicoll. It was always my plan to try and get a programme of residencies happening at Counterflows. Music is often about collaboration, in fact probably always and so the idea of getting two artists who have never worked together to lock horns to look at what they...
15 days and counting: Kan Mikami

15 days and counting: Kan Mikami

Kan Mikami It came as no surprise to me to find out that last year’s festival revelation Kim DooSoo and Kan Mikami are very close friends. Kim DooSoo emailed me to say that Kan was really excited to be performing in Glasgow again and to be a part of a festival that Kim DooSoo enjoyed...
16 days and counting: Loren Connors & Suzanne Langille

16 days and counting: Loren Connors & Suzanne Langille

As we head towards the festival weekend  wanted to just say few words on the artists. At the heart of Counterflows is the mix of local and international acts and the commissioning of new music and creative partnerships. In the run up to the 5th April I’ll be doing some notes about the artists and...
Less than a month to go

Less than a month to go

Can’t believe we’re into the last month. Loads of work still being done by the Counterflows team as we prepare for the 5th April. Flights, hotels, car pick-ups all confirmed but really still need checking for any changes of plan.Backline and PA requirements are pretty much there and my thanks to all the venues &...