Counterflows is back for 2013 with a fizzing line-up of artists. Peter Brotzmann, Loren Connors, Jandek, Kan Mikami are just some of the familiar names but there will be new names like Jarse from Finland and Rie Nakajima and local travellers like Hector Bizerk, Gareth Dickson and Richard Youngs There will be a new commission by Lina Lapelyte called Candy Shop looking at the dark disturbing mysogynist language in some hip hop.
The weekend ahead. All you need to know

The weekend ahead. All you need to know

If you have a ticket booked please bring either: a print out of the eventbrite email show us the email on your phone use the eventbrite iPhone or Android app. Everyone will be given an old school proper event ticket on the door If you have a Festival or a...
1 day and counting: Rie Nakajima

1 day and counting: Rie Nakajima

It is great to get new stuff happening at the festival. Rie Nakajima is one such soul. I’m really looking forward to seeing what she does. Of course she comes with serious recommendations. Phill Niblock is a friend. In fact we were thinking that she could join them at their...
Sterling Smith extra...

Sterling Smith extra…

Counterflows likes to throw some curved balls into the mix just to see what might happen. Well, now we have another one to wet the appetite of fans of the dark and wonderful world we all inhabit. As Cafe Oto put it “a mind boggling late addition”, to a programme...
11 days and counting: Counterflows Commission - Lina Lapelyte's Candy Shop

11 days and counting: Counterflows Commission – Lina Lapelyte’s Candy Shop

I first worked with Lina Lapelyte at Le Weekend 2010 when she played violin as part of a commission devised by Mark Wastell.
16 days and counting: Loren Connors & Suzanne Langille

16 days and counting: Loren Connors & Suzanne Langille

As we head towards the festival weekend  wanted to just say few words on the artists. At the heart of Counterflows is the mix of local and international acts and the commissioning of new music and creative partnerships. In the run up to the 5th April I’ll be doing some...
Peter Brotzmann & Paal Nilssen-Love

Peter Brotzmann & Paal Nilssen-Love

Peter Brötzmann and Paal Nilssen-Love played together for the first time in 1998. Since then the two have collaborated in many groups, amongst them Hairy Bones, Roma trio, Ada trio, The Chicago Tentet and not least as duo. The duo has toured several times in Europe, played concerts in Japan...
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Counterflows Residency: Day 8

Counterflows Residency: Day 8

Counterflows is officially underway. It’s Saturday, and here at the CCA we’re preparing to share the fruits of a week-long residency with you all. We’ll not give too much away, but we do want to give you a bit of an idea of timings. The session kicks off at 4pm. When you arrive – between...
Counterflows Residency: Day 6

Counterflows Residency: Day 6

First things first: the work that Janie and Annette are making is very very strong. It’s amazing what comes out of just a few days of working together…of knowing each other in fact. It’s worth coming to see. Event registration for Counterflows’ Residency with Annette Krebs & Janie Nicoll powered by Eventbrite Today was a...
Counterflows Residency: Day 4

Counterflows Residency: Day 4

Janie Nicol and Annette Krebs are a couple of days into their Counterflows Residency. Inevitably, everything they do has hanging over it the spectre of Saturday: what will we share with the public? Will we present a piece of work? Or (and?) will we have a conversation about how the residency has panned out? If...
2 days and counting: Cry Parrot

2 days and counting: Cry Parrot

Alasdair asked Fielding from Cry Parrot to write today’s blog post on his plans for the Saturday late night at Stereo… Part of my involvement in Counterflows this year was to curate an afterparty of some sort to follow Kan Mikami, lll人 and Jandek’s performance at Stereo. It wasn’t an easy task. DJing after a...
3 days & counting: lll人

3 days & counting: lll人

Working with Cafe Oto, it is always great to hear from Hamish what is coming through their programme which is the most wonderful and intriguing bunch of music around. When Hamish said that we needed to put on a trio of musicians going by the tricky and beautiful nom de plume lll 人 at Counterflows...
4 days and counting: Is it a good time for this kind of music?

4 days and counting: Is it a good time for this kind of music?

It seems it is an ongoing question and again I was asked it last week for the piece for the Herald covering Counterflows by Kate Molleson. “Is it a good time for this kind of music?” Kate phrased it a bit better than that of course. My simple and possibly flippant answer is that it...
5 days and counting: Counterflows Family Workshop

5 days and counting: Counterflows Family Workshop

A festival should not really just be a series of gigs and Counterflows, as it grows, will develop projects and events where participation will be encouraged in one form or another. Sharing the joys of making music can be such a rewarding experience in so many levels. Daniel Padden who has been a stalwart of...
Counterflows Residency: Day 1

Counterflows Residency: Day 1

Today we kicked off the first Counterflows Residency. Visual artist Janie Nicoll and Composer / performer Annette Krebs are working together for 8 days in the CCA Creative Lab. Bringing different artforms together and also different cultures – Janie is based in Glasgow and Annette in Berlin – they’ll be using their time to explore...
6 days and counting: Fuaim is Solas

6 days and counting: Fuaim is Solas

Counterflows is about bringing music together from all the myriad of strands of creativity that exist out there. I have been working with Martin Green on and off for years now. His commission Monstre that brought together the Kirkintilloch Brass Band and his own elastic ideas was one highlight of many. When I launched AC...
7 days and counting: Hector Bizerk

7 days and counting: Hector Bizerk

I first heard about Hector Bizerk through asking Fielding Hope of Cry Parrot who was this band with such a great name. I’ve always been partial to these old Scottish names and coupled with the word Bizerk, it’s perfect. There is also the fact that one of my favourite hip-hop records of old is the...
8 days and counting: Jandek

8 days and counting: Jandek

It is a common misconception of the way we lead our lives that we are meant to aspire to this or that way of doing things. In 2004 I was ruminating in the audience at an evening of Instal when on to the stage stepped a be-hatted gentleman who proceeded to wack beautifully at his...
Free sounds of the underground

Free sounds of the underground

Great article and interview with Alasdair in today’s Glasgow Herald on Counterflows. Terminology can be a tricky thing when it comes to a festival such as Counterflows. Sound art, experimental, free, avant-garde? Contemporary, new, noise, downright weird? The opaque descriptors bandied about by the culture industry and by writers like myself are constantly trying to...