Monday 19 February 2024

As it enters its second decade, Tectonics Glasgow is still blurring boundaries of new and experimental music

The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra's Tectonics Glasgow festiva

The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra's Tectonics Glasgow festival, co-curators Ilan Volkov and Alasdair Campbell, is entering is second decade with the 2024 festival on 4 and 5 May 2024. This year's festival continues to blur boundaries between musical genres with artists including vocal and movement artist Elaine Mitchener reflecting and responding to the circumstances which gave birth to the centuries-old hymn Amazing Grace and its contemporary resonances; Koichi Makigami, leader of a Japanese experimental rock band, performing with the legendary drummer Roger Turner; New York based vocalist Ka Baird combining their live performance within minimalistic, visceral composition and Japanese improviser, recorder player Eiko Yamada. 

Sarah-Jane Summers (fiddle) and Juhani Silvola (guitar) will  interweave Scottish traditional music with Scandinavian influences alongside the BBC SSO strings; and Edinburgh-based artists Euan Currie and Marlo De Lara present a live improvisation drawing on voices, electronics and field recordings.

Ilan Volkov conducts the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in three world premieres and three UK premieres including BBC Commissions by British composer Jack Sheen and Swiss-Nigerian composer Charles Uzor, and composer and turntablist Mariam Rezaei is the soloist in 6 scenes for turntables and orchestra, co-composed with Matthew Shlomowitz. Violinist Ilya Gringolts performs two UK premieres by composers Salvatore Sciarrino and Mirela Ivičević. Yaron Deutsch performs two major contemporary works for solo electric guitar by Pierluigi Billone and Andreas Dohmen, both works UK premieres of works written specially for Deutsch.

The majority of performances will be recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 3, while many performances will also be available to watch online.

Full details from the BBC website.

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