Tectonics Glasgow 2015 line-up announced
Ilan Volkov and Alasdair Campbell's 2015 programme is as uncompromising as ever, with Éliane Radigue, Goodiepal, Attila Csihar and more
The line-up for Tectonics Glasgow 2015 has been announced. As in previous years, it's an intriguing mix of veteran avant-gardists, emerging young artists and established stars of the shifting territory between electronica, classical music, jazz and improvisation, with a mixture of composition and improvisation ranging from the precisely acoustic to the deliriously fuzzed-up.
A focus of the festival is 83 year old French composer, Éliane Radigue. In the early 60s Radigue was Pierre Henry's assistant and a dedicated maker of musique concrète. But although she now writes solely for acoustic instruments, there's nothing restrained about the blissed-out walls of sound she can generate.
Danish artist, composer and bike-riding maverick Goodiepal is as likely to give away his stuff or tell a gripping story as play music. In a delightfully cross-generational throwdown, Edinburgh-based noise duo Hockyfrilla collaborate with avant-harpist Rhodri Davies and Ben Patterson, a founder member of Fluxus as well as a former orchestral double bassist. Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra perform new works by Mariam Rezaei and local composer Daniel Padden.
Norwegian horn player and composer Hild Sofie Tafjord has composed a new work, 'Mural', for professional and amateur brass players, electronics and French horn, to be performed in the Old Fruitmarket. The BBC SSO plays new works from Peter Ablinger, Enno Poppe and Christopher Fox, and there's further new music from Australian noisemaker Joel Stern, cellist Charles Curtis, sound artists Adam Bohman & Karen Constance, bassoonist Dafne Vicente-Sandoval, plus Robin Hayward and his microtonal tuba.
At the gnarlier end of the festival, Hungarian black metal vocalist Attila Csihar (Mayhem, Sunn O)))) lends his distinctive rasp to a late gig with Mariam Rezaei on turntables, plus there's a solo guitar performance from Justin K Broadrick of Godflesh. One inspired piece of programming is the encounter between a German jazz veteran and a displaced West Virginian pedal steel guitarist: sax master Peter Brötzmann, whose 1968 album Machine Gun set the bar for European free jazz, is duetting with Glasgow-based Heather Leigh, whose scorching performances would melt the rhinestones off a Nudie suit.
If you can't wait until May, you could always nip over to Iceland in April for Tectonics Reykjavik.
Tectonics Glasgow runs from Fri 1 – Sun 3 May 2015