Thurston Moore, Bill Wells and Christian Wolff among the guests at Tectonics 2014

Thurston Moore, Bill Wells and Christian Wolff among the guests at Tectonics 2014

Thurston Moore

The Glasgow experimental/classical musical festival also welcomes Cindytalk, Takehisa Kosugi and Klaus Lang

Ilan Volkov and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra are once again bringing the Tectonics Festival to Glasgow, hosting the three day event on the weekend of Fri 9–Sun 11 May at the City Halls, the Old Fruitmarket and St Andrew’s in the Square.

The festival is known as a gathering of forward thinking musicians coming together to celebrate experimental, contemporary and progressive music and, perhaps more importantly, to open this world up to fresh ears. After a resoundingly successful instalment in 2013, the schedule has been extended by a day and the line-up has attracted an intriguing and eclectic array of talented performers and composers from various musical paths including the disparate worlds of jazz, alternative rock and classical music.

Perhaps the most exciting inclusion, and undoubtedly the biggest draw to those less familiar with the festival's more experimental leanings, is that of Thurston Moore. Moore has become a legend of experimental music through a successful solo career, his most recent band Chelsea Light Moving and, lest we forget, alternative, lo-fi noise rock pioneers Sonic Youth – a creative influence on new, up and coming acts like Speedy Ortiz and on household names from the past, like Kurt Cobain and Nirvana.

Moore will be joined by the likes of Scot Bill Wells (known for his collaborative work with Belle and Sebastian’s Isobel Campbell, Arab Strap’s Aidan Moffat and The Pastels) and Japanese violinist Takehisa Kosugi.

Other artists appearing alongside Moore and Wells at the festival include Gordon Sharp's experimental music project Cindytalk, Scottish vocal ensemble EXAUDI, American experimental composer Christian Wolff, Icelandic compositional collective S.L.Á.T.U.R., Austrian composer Klaus Lang and many others including Dylan Nyoukis, Georg Friedrich Haas, John Oswald and David Behrman.

The Tectonics Festival, as outlined by the SSO’s guest conductor Volkov and co-curator Alasdair Campbell, brings together local and international acts, musicians, composers, conductors, producers and artists of wide-ranging disciplines to put on a varied, thought provoking three days of artistic expression, from stage performances to the creation and invention of instruments – such as Sarah Kenchington’s ‘Sounds from the Farmyard’ installation.

Tickets for Tectonics Glasgow are on sale from the City Halls Box Office from Wed 12 Feb, or from



Exaudi is Britain's leading vocal ensemble with a special emphasis on contemporary music, although it also explores the Renaissance repertoire. It was founded in 2002 by musical director James Weeks and lead soprano Juliet Fraser.

Muscles of Joy

Improvisatory vocal-led art-rock from Glaswegian five-piece.

Tectonics Opening Concert

The opening night of Tectonics is practically a taster session for the whole festival, featuring performances from stars of the avant-garde and improvisation scenes: Bill Wells, Klaus Lang, Jer Reid and Solène Weinachter, David Berhman, Catherine Lamb, Marcus Weiss, Aby Vulliamy, Christian Wolff, Richard Youngs, Vernon…

Tectonics Orchestral Concert 1

Shiny new orchestral works, including specially commissioned world premieres from David Behrman (How We Got Here), 'plunderphonics' pioneer John Oswald (I’d love to turn) and Georg Friedrich Haas (Concerto Grosso No 2 for ensemble and orchestra), as well as the UK premiere of Haas' Saxophone Concerto featuring Marcus…

Sarah Kenchington: Sounds from the Farmyard

Sarah Kenchington makes her own musical instruments – her Wind Pipes for Edinburgh were a hit of the 2013 Edinburgh Art Fair – and her aim is to get music back to the people, by making her instruments accessible and playable by anyone.


Major works by two leading American composers: Christian Wolff's For One, Two or Three People and Metal & Breath and David Behrman's Wavetrain, performed by David Behrman, Takehisa Kosugi, Icelandic composers' collective S.L.Á.T.U.R, Ilan Volkov and Christian Wolff.

Tectonics Late Gig

Day two of Tectonics ends with live performances from Julia Scott, followed by Attila Csihar in collaboration with composer and turntablist Mariam Rezaei.


Absurdist goings-on from the improvisatory musical duo.

Radical Road

James Weeks' Radical Road is named by the road paved by unemployed weavers which runs around Edinburgh's Salisbury Crags, and it's a piece for amateur singers based on texts by Thomas Paine, focusing on themes of revolution, social justice and equality. It's performed here by members of the Glasgow Chamber Choir and…

BBC SSO: Tectonics Orchestral Concert 2

Ilan Volkov conducts new works, including the world premiere of a revised version of James Clapperton's Tomnaverie; Michael Finnissy's Offshore and Favourite Poets (featuring vocal ensemble Exaudi), world premieres of portions transparent/opaque by young US composer Catherine Lamb and the premiere of a new work by Klaus…

Takehisa Kosugi

Performance by the veteran Japanese composer, violinist, improviser, sometime member of Fluxus and musical director of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. Julian Cope is a huge fan.

BBC SSO: Tectonics Closing Concert

Multi-instrumentalist Richard Youngs closes Tectonics with his first orchestral work, Past Fragments of Distant Confrontation, featuring himself on electric guitar in the centre of the venue and the audience arranged around him. Inspired by the punk subgenre D-beat (with its characteristic manic drumbeat), it's a suitably…

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