Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra, Sound Of Yell and WOLF take over the set of Platform's Black Beauty for one night
Christmas Carousal sees Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra, Sound Of Yell and WOLF taking over the set of Platform's festive show, Black Beauty, for a special night of musical adventures.
'Most gigs we see work to a fairly rigid formula, so it's nice to see a show with castles, ginger bread houses, and horseboxes in snow,' says Platform's Alun Woodward. 'I like the mix of what is perceived to be exclusively kids' entertainment versus the most serious adult world of improvised music.'
'[The set] will undoubtedly throw up something new, unexpected and maybe even Christmassy,' teases GIO's Raymond MacDonald. 'I'm not sure that will include an Improv Santa Claus, percussion elves or the 12 improvisations of Christmas, but you never know.'
Sound of Yell's Stevie Jones
Sound of Yell's Stevie Jones will be performing a solo set, built around 'angular steel-string fingerstyle guitar with tapes and electronics.' He promises 'off-piste melodies' and 'maverick film score inspired instrumentals – idiosyncratic, dense & exploratory.' Jones fully intends to get into the Christmas spirit: 'I'm figuring out an arrangement of a Bavarian carol for the occasion (seriously) and I'll wear my Fair Isle tank top.'
WOLF is the solo project of composer and producer Kim Moore. 'I'm very much looking forward to playing on the set of Black Beauty. I'm hoping it will feel real cosy,' she says. 'I learnt an old Christmas song from Rioja in Spain last year that speaks about the greed of those who have so much and the generosity and love of those who have so little. I would like to create a WOLF version of that for the show. I wrote a Christmas song for a Shelter Scotland event a few years ago, so I might pull that one out. It's not so Christmassy, but it does have sleigh bells, and it mentions snow!'