5 Reasons to go see... Eastern Promise
1. Malcolm Middleton
Let’s start off with a name everyone knows from the bill of this inaugural music festival at Easterhouse arts centre Platform. Ex-Arab Strap guitarist Middleton will be appearing alongside follow local hero RM Hubbert, Edinburgh’s Wounded Knee and FOUND, the latter celebrating their recent signing to Chemikal Underground.
2. Nils Frahm
The Berlin-based composer and producer released his second record earlier this year, a series of piano improvisations entitled The Bells commissioned by Peter Broderick of Swedish boutique label Kning Disk’s Piano Series. On Friday, expect a set that’s touching, engaging and bursting with imagination.
3. Rachel Grimes
The sometime pianist of Kentucky-based classical minimalist outfit Rachel’s will also be playing on Friday. Although her debut solo album Book of Leaves (For Solo Piano) was released last year, this date forms part of a co-headline tour with Frahm: whether or not that means we’re in for any collaborative work is uncertain.
4. Josephine Foster
Coloradan folk singer Foster has enjoyed an incredibly versatile career, having started out as a funeral and wedding singer, and subsequently experimented with free jazz as a member of Born Heller, psychedelic rock with her sometime backing band The Supposed, children’s songs and ukulele music. This will be a solo set bearing material from her own albums Hazel Eyes, I Will Lead You, A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing and last year’s This Coming Gladness.
5. King Creosote
Someone else you should be familiar with, as Fife’s premier Fenceman headlines on the Saturday night. For those who are a bit wary of leaving the M8 circle, by the way, return buses will be leaving Mono at 6.30pm, so now you’ve no excuse.
Platform, Glasgow, Fri 1 & Sat 2 Oct.