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.
Monthly archive March, 2013
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...
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...