Counterflows is really excited to have multi-instrumentalist, composer and improviser, Zeena Parkins as our featured artist for 2016. Zeena will be performing throughout the festival in various formats. It is a real privilege to have her as part of Counterflows. She is a true master of the contemporary scene and a pioneer of contemporary harp practice and performance, reimagining the instrument as a “sound machine of limitless capacity.” Parkins has built three versions of her one-of-a-kind electric harp and has extended the language of the acoustic harp with the inventive use of unusual playing techniques, preparations, and layers of electronic processing. Central to her Counterflows residency will be a performance of her inspirational work The Lace Project where she will be joined by her band Green Dome (Ryan Sawyer and Ryan Ross Smith) and some local players to create the first UK performance of the piece. Zeena will also be performing a series of intimate solo events throughout Counterflows.
Further Artists will be announced on Thursday the 26th of November as we work towards announcing the full programme in January 2016.
Counterflows reaches its fifth year and I suppose it is a big deal but really the music goes on and on with or without Counterflows. In saying this of course we are really pleased to reach this milestone. A festival that celebrates marginal, underground or maybe even experimental music, which are what our labels testify to, will always struggle to exist but we have made it this far and are determined to keep the flame burning. I think really it is because good, music/art/culture etc… always prevails. Not because people say so but because people want it. This year again back celebrating with the good Glasgow International people we feel we have an extraordinary line-up that pushes the things we believe in even further. Counterflows is a festival for the curious. It is a festival investigating what underground art is and isn’t and what it can be. Counterflows asks these questions and others and celebrates the desire for exploration. Counterflows offers a renaissance palate of sound. Come and join us in the way forward.