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Ilan Volkov at Tectonics 2016

Lucy Thraves


Tectonics Glasgow: experimental music festival takes place this weekend

2:07, 3rd May 2019

Tectonics Glasgow, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra’s (BBC SSO) festival of new and experimental music, returns this weekend.

The festival brings together international and local artists, composers and performers from the worlds of classical, experimental, rock, noise, sound art, dance, and visual art for two days in Glasgow on 4 and 5 May.

Acclaimed harpsichord player Mahan Esfahani will, as featured artist, present works by composers Anahita Abbasi from Iran, Miroslav Smka from the Czech Republic and America’s George Lewis, and closes day one of the festival by paying homage to one of the great pioneers of electronic music, with a work for tape and harpsichord by Luc Ferrari.

The closing spot on Sunday features a set from Mik Quantius, and Scratch Orchestra member Dave Smith gives a rare performance of his work Diabolus Apocalypsis.

In addition, there are world premieres for the BBC SSO of works from Martin Arnold and Sarah Davachi, two BBC commissions from Christian Wolff and Juliana Hodkinson, plus the UK premiere of Jennifer Walshe’s The Site of an Investigation.

The festival is once again curated by the BBC SSO’s principal guest conductor Ilan Volkov and by Alasdair Campbell, director of Counterflows.

Volkov described the festival as showcasing ‘a diverse range of new music from classical composers using notation, improvisers without any notation, to electronic music, sound art and performance art as well.’

Director of the BBC SSO Dominic Parker agreed: ‘Tectonics Glasgow is an amazing and often eye-opening opportunity to witness what is new and experimental in our musical world, and gathers strength, momentum and growing anticipation each year.


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