The Counterflows residency series is an important aspect of the festival’s commitment to exploring the processes embedded in music making. This will be our fourth residency. Each one has brought a very different set of ideas to the fore. All the artists involved have committed and focussed their energies into grappling with the possibility of something new happening. The results have been remarkable and stimulating. We are really pleased to be working with the Goethe Institut Glasgow on the residency again enabling us to bring to Glasgow an international guest to collaborate with a Scottish based artist. This year we have invited Berlin-based contemporary accordion player Franka Herwig to work along side Glasgow based artists and performer Liene Rozite.
The event at CCA Creative Lab on Saturday provides a space for both artists to share their ideas, impressions, probably music and also obstacles they’ve encountered during the residency.
Franka Herwig, born in Berlin in 1984, she studied accordion under Margit Kern, Gerhard Scherer and Max Bonnar winning a number of prizes and scholarships supported her musical developpement. She was awarded first prize Bundeswettbewerb Jugend musiziert, and got the sholarship of Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes.
As a soloist and chamber musician Franka Herwig tours all over the world and plays in most European countries as well as the USA and South Korea. Since 2014 Franka Herwig is regulary playing with Camerata Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. As well she is a resident member of Ensemble Mini since 2010 under leading of Joolz Gale. With Camerata Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra an Ensemble Mini she plays big classic sinfonies in small chamber music version and performed in Berliner Philharmonie, Konzerthaus Berlin and Auditorio Nacional in Madrid. She plays with various modern music ensembles. Franka has also worked in theatre productions with Staatstheater Würzburg, Hebbel am Ufer Berlin, Opera Lab Berlin. Contemporary music represents main focus of her repertory. She works together with composers and has performed the premieres of numerous compositions. Much of this work was documented by live recordings of radio broadcasts or on CD.
Liene Rozite is a closet choir enthusiast who mostly performs collaboratively with Ash Reid, Asparagus Piss Raindrop, The Lucy Julia Liene trio, Yoke of Blood, Muris and the Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra. Previous performances have included conversations about women, labour, performativity and subjecthood with Ash Reid as part of the Space-time: The Multiverse at the Annual Music Festival at Wysing Arts Centre, an Infestation of Transmission Art Gallery with Asparagus Piss Raindrop and an on-stage skill-swap session with the trio formerly known as LL Cool J. Favourite improv locations include Penmarch, St Boswells, La Crosse Terrace and the Old Hairdressers. Special skills include some composition, anti-flute, roller skating, and in depth analysis of reality tv. Current frustrations range from cis men in improvised music to structural inequalities.