A Festival Of Underground, Experimental & International Music
April 2021
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Aine O’Dwyer / Laura Cannell & Angharad Davies




Aine O’Dwyer – Pipe Organ (8.30 – 9.15pm)
Laura Cannell & Angharad Davies – Mythos of Violins (9.30 – 10.15pm)

The opening concert of Counterflows 2016 brings together three women who are creating some of the most interesting music across the UK today. They also represent in some ways what Counterflows is all about. There is a depth and certainty about their music that allows an understanding of traditions to move forward and develop into something beautifully new and inspiring.

Mythos of violins initially began emerging as an idea through discussions between AC Projects and Angharad Davies about her home town of Aberystwyth and her deeply felt connections to the place even though she now lives in London. We were interested in the local sound archive at the National Library and what this meant to Angharad’s contemporary practice. At this stage we thought of a performance in the archive but after Angharad began collaborating with Laura Canell the idea began to emerge for Laura and Angharad to collaborate on a new work that would be developed from this idea of place and how place actually affects the creative development of, in this case, music. It was particularly important that partners were found that understood the importance of this idea to the development of the new work so Aberystwyth, Suffolk, and Glasgow were chosen for there importance geographically to both artist’s ideas and also for their link to the development of their music for violin. Angahard and Laura will spend Wednesday visiting the awesome St Peter’s Seminary out at Cardross to soak up the emerging Hinterland project and the beautiful ruins of modernism. For this Scottish leg of the commission we are really excited to have Scottish master fiddler and composer Aidan O’Rourke join Angharad and Laura in exploring Mythos of Violins.

We are really excited to have Aine O’Dwyer open the festival with her sumptuous organ music. Her Lp from last year, Music For Church Cleaners Vol 1 & 2 is one of our favourites. With the organ at the remarkable Glasgow University and the space itself playing a crucial part, this will be an ispiring evening of acoustic sounds.

Angharad Davies is a violinist, one at ease in both improvising and composition, with a wide discography as part of varied range of ensembles and groups. She’s a specialist in the art of ‘preparing’ her violin, adding objects or materials to it to extend its sound making properties. A commissioned new work for Counterflows Festival, Glasgow was subsequently performed at the El Nicho Festival , Mexico and Supersonic Festival, Birmingham earlier this year.

Laura Cannell is a fiddle player who explores the spaces between experimental, medieval and improvised music. She often utilises fragments from medieval themes to her own end in a manner that embraces the apparitional, historical or otherworldly. Diverse festival appearances include: Supernormal, The Aldeburgh Festival, Cambridge Folk Festival, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Brighton Early Music Festival. She has released two critically acclaimed solo albums and regularly performs solo and in collaboration in the UK and Europe.

Mythos of violins is a Beyond Borders commission and we gratefully acknowledge the support of PRS for Music Foundation and its partners