Counterflows Friday Evening

Friday 5th April / St Andrews in the Square / 6.45pm – 10:00pm / £12

7:00pm Gareth Dickson
garethTo open Counterflows the beautiful and ghostly presence that emanates from Gareth Dickson’s guitar and voice sound world. Dickson’s compositions employ deft use of effects that tinge his old time finger picking style with a modernist angst. He has toured with a poignant array of mystic creatives: Vashti Bunyan, Devendra Banhart, Coco Rosie, David Byrne, but his own music strikes a most original note. “an artist of real originality… haunting” The Wire.
7:40pm Suzanne Langille
8:00pm Loren Connors & Suzanne Langille
Connors and Langille will perform both solo and together this evening. Despite their long collaboration, this will actually be their first performance together in Europe.
8:10pm Loren Connors
lorenLoren Connors has improvised and composed music for about thirty-five years, continually charting new territory with the guitar and never “standing still.” His music, sometimes called avant blues, has been recorded on Northern Spy, Family Vineyard, Drag City, and other labels. In addition to his long-time collaboration with Suzanne Langille, he has performed with John Fahey, Jim O’Rourke, Keiji Haino, Thurston Moore and other artists, and with his band, Haunted House (which includes Langille). Thom Jurek (All Music Guide) writes, “Where the 12 bars are supposed to be placed are sparse notes and large spaces where notes, harmony, and melody once existed. Touch, sense, and aural interrogation are the only bones left on the skeleton of Connor’s blues.”
9:00 pm Kan Mikami & Alex Neilson
Kan-MikamiKan Mikami has been a singular figure in the Japanese underground since the early seventies performing his unique Japanese Blues. As anyone who saw his concerts here in the early days of Cafe OTO will testify – he is a completely mesmerizing presence on stage. It’s great to finally have him back at Cafe OTO for two days reunited with Alex Neilson – a musician who’s own adventurous playing stretches across genres, reinvigorating song with the same kind of freedom found at the core of Kan’s music, too. Also, for part of the set, Sterling Smith will guest on bass guitar.

Eventbrite - Gareth Dickson, Suzanne Langille, Loren Connors, Kan Mikami & Alex Neilson

Friday Late Night Counterflows: Jarse / Hector Bizerk / DJs

Friday 5 April / Mono / 10:00am – 1:00am / FREE

10:30pm Jarse
jarse_promoA power duo from the south coast of Finland, Jarse has been preparing for a psychedelic revolution since 2009, drawing inspiration from the psychedelic music from all decades, from dark prehistorical age to the distant future. In 2011 first official Jarse release, 7″ single Alas (Fonal Records) saw daylight. It holds a record of being one of the fastest productions in the history of Fonal records, process from composing to the test pressings took less than two weeks. As the single was cut live at the tiny bedroom in eastern Helsinki with 13 session musicians, it also holds the record of being physically the tightest session in history of audio recording.
11:30pm Hector Bizerk
Bizerk-150The experimental hip-hop duo comprises of drummer Audrey and rapper Louie. They have been building a solid reputation for their illustrious live shows, inking a new page in an exciting new chapter for Scottish music. With a growing fan base the dynamic duo have drawn comparisons from music journalists as a being like a hybrid of The White Stripes and The Roots “coming down the M8 motorway”. They approach song writing in quite a unique way. Audrey has explained before that she feels all good songs should be able to stand alone with acoustic guitar and vocal. There is no hiding place at acoustic shows. Hector feel that way about hiphop. A good hip-hop song should be able to grab the attention of an audience through drums and lyricism.

Saturday Film Screening / A Day in the Mouth

Sat 6th April / CCA/ 1.30pm – 3.45pm / £5

DayInTheMouthCounterflows Film Screenings explore the work of artists who cross boundaries and use different medium to introduce music and the processes that various artists pursue to realise their creativity. Sami Sanpakkila aka Es founded Fonal Records almost 15 years ago. Working next to the forests outside Tampere, Finland, he has been producing, making, inventing, with his fellow travellers, a beautiful catalogue of work. As well as making music Sami is a film maker of extraordinary beauty. Counterflows is excited to be showing Sami’s documentary series: A Day in the Mouth.
Episode 1: Kraak Records – 11.20
Episode 2: Jan Anderzen – 8.27
Episode 3: Timo Kankolamp – 13.47
Episode 4: Jussi Lehtisalo – 14.47
Episode 5: Goodiepal – 36.11
Episode 6: Ville Pirenen – 18.08
This event will be introduced with a conversation between Francis McKee the CCA director and musician and artist Jari form the band Jarse who are also playing at the festival.

Eventbrite - A Day in the Mouth episodes 1-6 : Film Screening

Counterflows Residency Presentation with Annette Krebs & Janie Nicoll

Sat 6th April / CCA / 4pm -6pm / FREE

waspsCounterflows looks to explore opportunities for artists from different disciplines to work together and to examine their methods of creation, their differences and similarities. In association with the Goethe Institut Glasgow and co-produced with Suzy Glass of Trigger and with the support of CCA the Counterflows Residency has brought Berlin electroacoustic musician/composer Annette Krebs together with Glasgow visual artists Janie Nicoll together for a week of investigation and creativity. This event at Counterflows is not as yet defined but will be a presentation of their work produced over the week of the residency: discussion, performance, interaction. The creative process exposed: sound, noise, silence and image and whatever else might happen.

Eventbrite - Counterflows’ Residency with Annette Krebs & Janie Nicoll

The CCA Evening

Sat 6 April / CCA / 7:00pm – 10:00pm / £12

7:15pm Lina Lapelyte’s Candy Shop with Anat Ben David / Angharad Davies / Sharon Gal / Rebecca La Horrox
lina-lapelyteThe first of the Saturday evening sessions at Counterflows at CCA is an intriguing exploration of the dark and disturbing male dominated language of Hip Hop. Supported through the PRS for music Foundation’s Women Make Music scheme, artist/musician/composer Lina Lapelyte has brought together a powerful group of female artists all who bring their own distinct voice to the new piece.
Lina Lapelyte – voice, electronics, violin & accordion
Rebecca La Horrox – voice
Anat Ben-David – voice & electronics
Sharon Gal – voice & electronics
Angharad Davies – voice & violin
Heidi Heidelberg – voice
Noura S Bah – voice
8:15pm Phill Niblock & Thomas Ankersmit
phill-niblockCounterflows is pleased to present for the last session at the CCA Counterflows Saturday and as part of the celebrations of Phill Niblock at 80, this intriguing and exciting duo. Ankersmit will perform a short solo set which then will lead into the pair performing together and ending with Niblock’s own music and images filling the CCA auditorium with the intense aural experience and the visual bombardment of his studies of people at work. The set will contain older pieces and also completely new work. With a career spanning more than 40 years, Phill Niblock has not only proven himself as one of the most preeminent composers of the American musical avantgarde, but also an accomplished filmmaker and performer.

Eventbrite - Lina Lapelyte’s Candy Shop / Phill Niblock and Thomas Ankersmit

Cry Parrot’s Late Night Counterflows at Stereo

Sat 6th April / Stereo / 10:00pm – 3:00am / £10

Jandek with Alex Neilson & Richard Youngs and Kan Mikami solo, lll人, JD Twitch and more
“I went to a private session of theirs … which I thought was absolutely outstanding. The musicians are Paul Abbott (drum kit), Seymour Wright (alto), and Daichi Yoshikawa (electronics). […] They tell me they have been playing together for quite a while…” – Victor Schonfield

Eventbrite - Jandek with Alex Neilson & Richard Youngs + support + DJs

Counterflow’s Family workshop

Sun 7 April / Glad Café / 12pm / FREE


Death Shanties and more

Sunday 7 April / Southside Studios/ 3:00pm / £5

Death Shanties and Rie Nakajima
Death Shanties is a new mixed media balls-to-the-wall Free Jazz group featuring Alex Neilson (drums), Sybren Renema (alto/ baritone sax) and Lucy Stein (painting/ projections). The group combine references to Medieval music, Sea Shanties and Field Hollars with the ecstatic cry of classic 1960s fire music. Stein uses primitive devotional images, food stuffs and even her own hair in visceral, highly textured painted projections making Death Shanties a unique and immersive live experience.


Rie Nakajima
Rie Nakajima is an artist working with installations and performances that produce sound.Her works are most often composed in direct response to unique architectural spaces using a combination of audio materials and found objects.The works created for the purposes of “playing” the sounds she has in mind are often placed matter-of-factly on the floor or take the form of assembled objects that serve as sound makers,
giving rise to inorganic spaces. Listening to the works in such finely honed environments brings to the surface in a pure way people’s imagination, memories, and deepest thoughts.

Eventbrite - Death Shanties and more

Glad Café Evening

Sun 7 April / Glad Café / 6pm – 11pm / £10

6:00pm Rie Nakajima
6:30pm Fuaim is Solas
An improvised performance that will incorporate 16mm films, cherry- picked from the Bandita Archive. For Fuaim is Solas, the Banditas will be collaborating with musicians Martin Green (accordionist, composer, producer – Lau, The Green Machine, Monstre), Una Monaghan (harpist and composer – Sonic Arts Research Centre), and Tim Matthew (fiddler, composer, producer – Mystery Juice, Kiddy Cinema). As well as their instruments, Martin, Una and Tim will be using various pieces of technology or software to manipulate their sounds to react in real time to the projected images flowing from the Bandita projectors.

7:15pm Annette Krebs presents Video Miniatures with music by Annette Krebs

Annette-KrebsAnnette Krebs presents three video miniatures…

Video miniature by Mona Breede (Karsruhe/ Germany)
Sound by Annette Krebs: 4:17


Video miniature by Annegret Bleisteiner (Muenchen/Germany)
Sound by Annette Krebs: 3:33

le vol III
Third part of the trilogie “le vol” (e: “the theft”)
Project by Telefon (Steffi Weismann and Annette Krebs)
Sound: Annette Krebs
Video: Steffi Weismann: 13:05

9:00pm Peter Brotzmann & Paal Nilssen-Love

PeterAndPaalCounterflows is delighted to bring the festival to a close with one of the most committed and uncompromising figures in Europe’s free music avant garde. The pleasure is also heightened by the chance to hear this intense duo in the intimate setting of the wonderful Glad Café.Peter Brötzmann and Paal Nilssen-Love played together for the first time in 1998. Since then the two have collaborated in many groups, amongst them Hairy Bones, Roma trio, Ada trio, The Chicago Tentet and not least as duo. The duo has toured several times in Europe, played concerts in Japan and USA. The Oslo based record label, Smalltown Supersound has released two CDs, “SweetSweat” from 2008 and “Woodcuts” from 2010.

Peter Brötzmann should´nt need much of an introduction. At the age of 71, he is still pushing himself and his fellow musicians beyond all limits. His discography counts more than 200 albums with musicians from all over the world and there´s never a doubt that quality will be very high if Brötzmann is involved.

Paal Nilssen-Love has established himself as a very strong drummer of high energy and stamina on the international scene of jazz and improvised music. Through regular collaborations with musicians from Sweden, Chicago and Germany, he shows an on-going strength to push limits and borders.

Eventbrite - Peter Brotzmann & Paal Nilssen-Love, Annette Krebs and more tbc