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.
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...
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...
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...
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.
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...
Peter Brotzmann & Paal Nilssen-Love

Peter Brotzmann & Paal Nilssen-Love

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...
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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...
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...
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 &...
Would you like one of these Posters?

Would you like one of these Posters?

Would you like one of these Counterflows posters designed by Lucy Duncombe? We’ve had a few A0 size specially printed by @dpiprint_online and one, just one, of these will be given at random to someone. Please just like this on Facebook, retweet this post or comment below so we know you’re interested. To give you...
Peter Brotzmann & Paal Nilssen-Love Tour

Peter Brotzmann & Paal Nilssen-Love Tour

Great poster for the Brotsmann-Nilssen-Love Tour.
lll人

lll人

“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
Jarse

Jarse

A 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...
Phill Niblock & Thomas Ankersmit

Phill Niblock & Thomas Ankersmit

Phill Niblock makes thick, loud drones of music, filled with microtones of instrumental timbres which generate many other tones in the performance space. Simultaneously, he presents films / videos which look at the movement of people working, or computer driven black and white abstract images floating through time. Phill Niblock is an intermedia artist using...