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Counterflows festival 2017

Artist and event line up for Counterflows Festival 2017

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Counterflows festival 2017

  1. 1. Counterflows is a four day celebration of under- ground music, featuring a wide array of artists bound together by their question- ing spirit and refusal of easy categorisation. Wheth- er born out of the likes of so-called DIY scenes, the internet or geographically remote communities, we be- lieve that the underground belongs to a myriad of voic- es and is best engaged with when we come together, share ideas, break down bor- ders, challenge hierarchies and push boundaries. The festival will unravel over a selection of careful- ly picked venues and spaces around Glasgow (with next- to-no scheduling clashes!). We hope to create a space for you to enjoy the mu- sic that feels inclusive, anti-elitist and fun, and hopefully in some way feels like an extension of the activity and community at the heart of Glasgow’s own music/art scene(s). Day 1 6th april 7.30pm Midori Takada + Pancrace Project Glasgow Universi- ty Chapel £10 The festival kicks off with the UK debut performance from Japanese percussionist Midori Takada - whose work distills rhythms from around the world into transfixing minimalist dreamscapes. Pancrace Project from France open the show with their beautiful and anarchistic improvisations and loose compo- sitions, created using a variety of medievil and church-born instru- ments, as well as field recordings and electronics. 10.30 pm Counterflows Social The Doublet free Join us for a post show drink in one of the finest pubs in Glasgow! Day 2 7th april 6pm A Carnatic Paradigm - Mark Fell, Rian Treanor & Nakul Krishnamurthy CCA 5 £10 The debut of ‘A Carnatic Paradigm’ - a project that responds to the system and processes of Carnatic Music of South India. Created and curated by Mark Fell, this event will feature series of curat- ed performances by Mark, Nakul Krishnamurthy, Rian Treanor and other various musicians from the South Indian tradition. 9pm Ashley Paul Ensemble + Sue Tompkins Garnethill Multicultural Community Centre £8
  2. 2. This year’s featured artist, Ashley Paul, presents the first ever perfor- mance with an all new ensemble formed for Counterflows, per- forming unheard pieces from her forthcoming record. Sue Tompkins from Glasgow opens the show with a solo voice performance, layering, arranging and configuring snatch- es of material gleaned from the everyday - distorting meaning by metering their arrangement and delivery. 11pm - 3am Counterflows Social: Olimpia Splendid + Anxiety + Rebecca Marshall (DJ) CCA Foyer £5 The first late night party of Coun- terflows welcomes two acts whose work rides the outer-fringes of punk. Helsinki’s Olimpia Splendid make wiry, hypnotic and out-of tune DIY punk with guitars, bass and a drum machine. No-holds- barred, lofi, fast, confrontational and seething in feedback, Anxiety from Glasgow will take things off the hinges at 1am. On the decks we’re happy to have Rebecca Mar- shall - one of the most exciting new DJs in Glasgow. Day 3 8th April 12-9 pm A Carnatic Paradigm – Instal- lation & Reading Room CCA 5 free Saturday offers the chance to contemplate Mark Fell’s new work. The installation space in the CCA theatre will be open all day for people to consider his creation and give more time to engage with The Reading Room, a collection of doc- uments, books, objects and various miscellany connected and perti- nent to the project, and to explore the sound and light experience. 12pm Mark Fell, Nandini Mu- thuswamy and Nakul Kr- ishnamurthy in discussion with Frances Morgan CCA Intermedia Gallery free Frances Morgan of the Wire will chair this Q & A session with artists involved with the Carnatic Paradigm Project – Mark Fell, Nandini Muthuswamy and Nakul Krishnamurthy. 1pm Film Screening: A Story of Sa- hel Sounds (plus discussion) The Art School £4 Delighted to present the UK debut screening of ‘A Story of Sahel Sounds’. . Shot on three continents, the film provides an inside look at “Sahel Sounds” – a blog, record label and platform to explore arts and music of the Sahel region through non-traditional ethnographic fieldwork. The film questions how far beyond the term “world music” are we by now? Is music culture transnational? And who are the pirates of the desert? The screening will be followed by a discussion with the film’s director Florian Klaeger, hosted by Stewart Smith (The Wire/The Quietus) 1.30 and 2.30 pm Ashley Paul intimate perfor- mance CCA cinema £5 Join our featured-artist for a super intimate performance in the CCA’s cinema room. Please note that these two events are not included in the festival pass and needs to be purchased separately. Tickets for are very limited, too. 2pm Book Launch with Neil Da- vidson & Arild Vange’s Line Vocabulary CCA Intermedia Gallery free Line Vocabulary is a book by Arild Vange and Per Formo, translated from Norwegian by Neil Davidson. This event will feature a perfor- mance by Neil Davidson and Arild Vange followed by a discussion on the relationship between the Per Formo’s art, the writing and trans- lation process, and the influence of improvisation on these. Co-pre- sented with Aye-Aye Books 4pm The Modern Institute + Taka- hiro Kawaguchi & Utah Kawa- saki @ The Laurieston Arches £8 Born from the belly of Glasgow’s mutant underground, The Modern
  3. 3. Institute bring their fluxus-in- spired electronics to the cavernous Laurieston Arches. Opening will be the European debut performance from Takahiro Kawaguchi & Utah Kawasaki from Japan, who use air horns, home-made appliances and electronic devices to make strik- ingly strange, dramatic and often beautiful music. PS: Please bring warm clothes as the Laurieston Arches is quite cold! NOTE: There will be a bus running to the Laurieston Arches from the CCA entrance at 3.45pm and re- turning at 6pm. The bus is free but you need to reserve a spot online 7pm Farmers Manual The Art School £6 Farmers Manual are a radical electronic and visual arts group formed in Vienna in the early 1990s. The group’s live shows are often described as ‘anti-perfor- mances’ – long drawn-out domes- tic events, featuring members of the group playing and improvising on various software programmes. “the farmers manual collective represents media art at its most anarchistic” – Anton Nikkilä 9pm Les Filles de Illighadad + Glo- rias Navales Garnethill Multicultural Com- munity Centre £8 Two acts from very different parts of the world present their own take on communal campfire folk music. Les Filles de Illighadad from Ala- bak present a curious and original approach to two very different sides of Tuareg music – dreamy ishumar acoustic guitar sessions, and the hypnotic polyphonic tende drum that inspires it. Glorias Navales offer a raw, unvarnished walkway straight into heart the of the contemporary Chilean under- ground with their loose, psychedel- ic, trance-like jams. 11pm – 3am Counterflows Social with Clara! + Letitia Pleaides The Art School £5 The mischevious Clara! from Brus- sels presents a “Reggaetoneras” DJ set made up of 100% female reggaetron MCs and rhythms from the ‘90s up to the modern day. Letitia Pleaides - whose sets side- wind between UK bass, dancehall, house and techno - will play for the first 2 hours of the night. Totally anarchic and unpredictable, we can’t wait to see what she has in store for us. Day 4 9th April 12pm Communal Leisure: Game > Theory The Glad Cafe free Communal Leisure present a free two hour workshop/game that looks at ideas of art, improvisation and communality through playing a specially prepared version of the anarchic ‘1000 Blank White Cards’ game. They will facilitate a few rounds of the game in small teams, followed by a critical discussion around issues of representation, access and ‘experimentation’ at the festival and beyond. All welcome, all ages, bring pens. 2pm Ashley Paul in conversation with Frances Morgan The Glad Cafe free Join our featured artist Ashley Paul in conversation with Frances Morgan (The Wire). 3pm Svitlana Nianio + Eva Maria Houben Langside Halls £8 Described as “deeply rooted in primeval myths, creating a world of magic realism” Svitlana Nianio’s music pushes ancient Ukraini- an folk music in haunting and unpredictable directions, whilst retaining a tender minimalism at its core. German-born Eva-Maria Houben will open the event with her evocative solo piano works - which create vast, incorporeal forms from almost nothing – mu- sic that lingers long after the last note has dissipated.
  4. 4. 5.30pm Ashley Paul / Rashad Becker (duo) + Mark Vernon venue TBA £6 Delighted to welcome the first ever duo performance by German based electronic artist Rashad Becker and our featured artist Ashley Paul. Glasgow’s Mark Vernon will open the event with live presenta- tion of his newest LP, ‘Lend an ear, leave a word’- composed from field recordings of contemporary Lisbon combined with reel-to-reel tapes and micro-cassettes found at the Feira de Ladra flea market. 8pm Mark Ernestus’ Ndagga Rhythm Force + Mother (DJ) Langside Halls £10 The debut UK performance from Mark Ernestus’ Ndagga Rhythm Force; a collaboration between a group of Senegalese musicians and Berlin dub-techno legend Mark Ernestus (Basic Channel / Rhythm & Sound), birthed from a series of sizzling sessions in the city of Dakar. One of Glasgow’s most encyclopedic DJs, Mark Maxwell (Mother) will open with a special dub-based set. 10pm Counterflows Social The Glad Cafe A final chance to hang out and drink before we all go home. VENUES The Art School 20 Scott Street, G3 6PE CCA 350 Sauchiehall St, G23JD The Doublet 74 Park Road, G49JF Garnethill Multicultural Cen- tre 21 Rose Street, G36RE The Glad Cafe 1006A Pollockshaws Rd, G41 2HG Glasgow University Chapel Gilmore Campus, G12 8QQ Langside Halls 5 Langside Ave, G14 2QR Laurieston Arches Cleland Lane, G59DS TICKETS Day passes and tickets for individ- ual events can purchased on our website at There might be tickets on the door for some events, but please check our website beforehand incase they are sold out. Contact us Counterflows is directed and pro- duced by Alasdair Campbell/AC Projects and co-curated by Field- ing Hope. The festival would not be possible without the help from our extend- ed team: Alison Murray, Gavin Robertson, Claire Hoare, Silja Strøm, Oliver Pitt, Sukaina Kubba, Hamish Dunbar, Tim Matthew and more. Counterflows gratefully acknowl- edges funding from: