Monday 13 February 2023

Tectonics Glasgow 2023

Tectonics Glasgow, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra's (BBC SSO) festival of new and experimental music returns on 29 and 30 April 2023, celebrating the festival's 10th anniversary. Conceived in 2013 by the orchestra’s Principal Guest Conductor, Ilan Volkov, and co-curated by Alasdair Campbell (Counterflows), the festival has premiered 51 new works for orchestra, many of them BBC commissions.

This year's festival, which takes place at City Halls and Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow, includes artists from around the globe. Colombia’s Lucrecia Dalt, who has wowed critics and audiences alike with her new album, closes the first night of the festival, whilst pianist Aki Takahashi gives the world premiere of a new work by one of Japan’s longstanding composers, Somei Satoh, along with works by Bunita Marcus and Peter Garland. Other visitors include Germany’s Limpe Fuchs, something of a legend in new music circles, and France’s Jérôme Noetinger whoe has been pushing boundaries for decades. Another pianist, Cory Smythe performs a solo set and also performs in Ingrid Laubrock’s Drilling, along with the composer and Adam Linson, a premiere delayed from 2020 due to the pandemic. And also from the States, ‘the king of sampling’ himself, the inimitable Carl Stone.

The BBC SSO gives the world premieres of compositions by Somei Satoh, Linda Buckley, Rufus Isabel Elliot, Ian Power, Scott McLaughlin and William Dougherty which were inspired by topics as varied as pagan rituals, Julia Kristeva, quantum physics, and an antique wax cylinder recording of Home Sweet Home. There’s also the UK premiere of works by Ingrid Laubrock and the late Dutch composer Margriet Hoenderdos.  

Scottish and UK-based artists at the festival include Inge Thomson and Calum MacIntyre, who open the festival, cellist Semay Wu, Lucy Duncombe, and Feronia Wennborg. And the Japanese-Korean artist Ryoko Akama takes up residence in the City Halls Recital Room for an installation created uniquely for that space.  

Ilan Volkov, said: "Tectonics isn’t big on nostalgia. We like to look forward rather than back, but it’s fair to say that in 2013 we didn’t think we’d still be here. That’s down to our audiences’ enthusiasm and loyalty, the outstanding artists we’ve been able to champion, and the ongoing support and commitment from the BBC. We’re certain this year’s festival will channel all the excitement and optimism of the very first one."

The majority of this year’s performances will be recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 3 with some performances available to watch online. Full details from the Tectonics Glasgow website.

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