It is with great sadness we have to announce the decision to cancel Counterflows Festival 2020 due to the ongoing issues with COVID-19.

Putting international artists through the stress of cancelled flights and being potentially quarantined is just too much of a risk to take given the current situation. On top of this, it feels increasingly irresponsible to be holding social events of our scale given the risk of the virus spreading.

We will be issuing refunds for the festival via Eventbrite right away. Funds should be back in your account within the next 7 working days.

Counterflows is a small grassroots festival and we appreciate the love and support the artists, audience members, supporters/funders, staff and everyone else have given us on this venture.

As a small statement of solidarity, if you want to help support artists due to perform and their respective independent labels, we have made a list of music that is available for purchase on their bandcamp pages

We are working out our budgets at the moment and aim to pay all the artists cancel fees. If anyone is able is able to help boost the amount we give them you can do so by donating to us via PayPal at 100% of donations will be spread equally between the artists.

As it stands we will be focussing our energy on the 2021 edition of the festival, which will be our 10th year anniversary. The plan is to hopefully reschedule as much of the line-up for the 2020 festival as possible, as well as add some additional projects on top. This of course depends on funding and finances, but our fingers are crossed. We'll keep in touch.

Please look out for and support one another during this difficult time. We all need one another more than ever.

Love and strength,
Alasdair & Fielding – Team Counterflows

Original website still available below
A Festival Of Underground, Experimental & International Music
2 – 5 April 2020
Various Venues Around Glasgow

Zeena Parkins – Lace with Green Dome, The One Ensemble, Tony Bevan, Armin Sturm & Ruth Morley

Zeena Parkins – The Lace Project with Green Dome, The One Ensemble, Tony Bevan, Armin Sturm & Ruth Morley
(6.15pm – 7pm)

Counterflows’ 2016 featured artist the truly remarkable Zeena Parkins opens her Counterflows’s account with the first UK performance of her Lace project. This is a wonderfully collaboartive project bringing together her New York band Green Dome with Scotland’s own The One Ensemble, GIO’s Armin Sturm, Flautist extrodinaire Ruth Morely and bass sax weilding Tony Bevan.

Lace is an ongoing project begun in 2008, based on a collection of lace fragments from, to date: Scotland, Turkey, Belgium, Spain, Italy, and France. It is a multi-movement composition for improvisers, that proposes lace as a score which viewed from varied distances is perceived as picture, with patterns flip-flopping between near and far illusionary points of view.

A multitude of readings occur: shapes into pattern, patterns into shape: juxtaposed, layered, overlapped, adjacencies side stepped; actions forming and re-forming, with the supreme joy and grounding orientation of the groove. An often messy loop in a loop in a loop, a picture of itself, within itself, mise en abyme;

shape to gesture, gesture to thread, thread to touch, touch to touching, a gossamer web sounding.

At Counterflows, Zeena’s band, Green Dome will premier a new movement inspired by the intricacies of Shetland Lace. With its symbology, coding, and grid based charts, the Shetland movement explores the language used for defining actions that designate stitches and how that language and those codes can inspire and prescribe musical strategies.