Monday, 12 April 2021

We Will Not Be Muted: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra's Tectonics goes on-line

San Andreas transform fault on the Carrizo Plain
San Andreas transform fault on the Carrizo Plain

The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra’s annual festival of new and experimental music returns next month (8 & 9 May 2021) with a line-up featuring many of the artists scheduled for 2020. Tectonics Glasgow once again sees artists come together to blur musical boundaries and question what music can be. This eighth incarnation of the festival will be made up of specially-recorded audio and video performances streamed on the orchestra's website, but each day will also end with live broadcasts on BBC Radio 3 and BBC Sounds from Glasgow’s City Halls, from 10pm to 12 midnight.

The festival is curated by Ilan Volkov (BBC SSO Principal Guest Conductor) and Alasdair Campbell (founder of the Counterflows festival) and will include the world premieres of a new BBC Commission by Michael Parsons and a new work for the festival by Scott McLaughlin, along with works by Egidija Medekšaitė, Tania León, Arnulf Herrmann and Graciela Paraskevaidis. The orchestra will also record works by Cat Hope and Marc Yeats, while violin virtuoso Ilya Gringolts premieres works for solo violin by Yu Kuwabara and Sky Macklay.  

There will be recorded performances from US composer and performer Zachary James Watkins, pianist Angelica Sanchez, brass trio Zinc & Copper with Ellen Arkbro, and Scotland’s inclusive new music ensemble Sonic Bothy, plus a great deal else besides.

It is an intriguing mix, with plenty of names that do not crop up regularly and a wide spectrum in terms of both style, nationality and age. Should be a great couple of days. More information from the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra's website.

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