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BBC SSO Tectonics Glasgow 2020 - Saturday 2nd May

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BBC SSO Tectonics Glasgow 2020 - Saturday 2nd May


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BBC SSO Tectonics Glasgow 2020 - Saturday 2nd May


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Dates and times

Saturday 2 May 2020
3:00PM - 11:30PM

Due to the restrictions in place around the prevention of COVID-19, we regret to announce that this year’s Tectonics Festival has been cancelled.  It is hoped that much of the planned programme can still go ahead in May 2021.

Ticketholders will be refunded by the box office when its service resumes.  

BBC SSO Tectonics Glasgow 2020

Saturday 2nd May and Sunday 3rd May 2020


from 15.00 - Recital Room 

Red Light Piano 

Throughout the weekend, Manuel Pessoa de Lima will perform in the Recital Room. 

15.30-c.16.00 - Old Fruitmarket 

Naga Mas plays Philip Corner 

Throughout his career, Fluxus movement-founder Philip Corner has frequently returned to the sounds of the Javanese gamelan. Here, the Glasgow-based ensemble Naga Mas performs his work simply called Gamelan.  

c.16.00-c.16.45 - Old Fruitmarket 

Iain Findlay-Walsh/Hannah Ellul & Rebecca Wilcox

Iain Findlay-Walsh / Klaysstarr is a sound artist, composer and researcher whose work combines field recording and studio production with auto-ethnographic methods. He will perform a new composition for digital pianos and multichannel sound system, part of a new series of work: pH(olding City which take sounds of decay as starting points for exploring urban centres as sites of both production and material degeneration. Hannah Ellul and Rebecca Wilcox follow, drawing on their shared interests in the 'minor’ senses, and in the forms and habits of attention that disorientate the boundaries that emerge in conversations. Meeting points and meanings are forged, unfold, falter and regroup, and the dynamics and gestures that shape an attempt to communicate will be mapped along the way.

c.17.00-c.17.30 - Grand Hall  

Angelica Sanchez 

According to the New York Times, pianist-composer Angelica Sanchez ‘seeks out the lyrical heartbeat within any avant-garde storm.’ For Tectonics Glasgow she gives a solo set which is bound to foreground her exploratory improvisatory style and peerless communicative technique.    

c.18.00-c.18.30 - Old Fruitmarket

Sonic Bothy 

Tectonics welcomes Glasgow’s Sonic Bothy to the festival for the first time. The inclusive music ensemble brings together musicians with and without a disability to explore, compose and perform new and experimental music. This year their performance is inspired by the Dada movement.

c.18.45-c.19.15 - Scottish Music Centre 


Your chance to meet and hear about some of the artists involved in Day 1 of Tectonics. (Limited capacity).

19.30-c.20.30 - Grand Hall  


Michael Parsons LEVELS for orchestra (BBC Commission, World Premiere)

Liza Lim Sappho/ Bioluminescence (BBC Co-Commission, World Premiere)

Ingrid Laubrock Drilling* 

Ingrid Laubrock tenor saxophone*

Cory Smythe keyboard*

Matt Wright electronics*

Ilan Volkov conductor

Two World Premieres for the BBC SSO’s first appearance at this year’s festival. Scratch Orchestra co-founder Michael Parsons’s new work Levels for Orchestra “presents the sound of the orchestra primarily as raw material, without reference to the accumulated residue of representational, narrative and emotive associations”.  Liza Lim’s Sappho/ Bioluminescence meanwhile, is the first part of her Annunciation Triptych which celebrates icons of women’s spiritual traditions (in this case the Greek poet Sappho).  Finally, saxophonist and composer Ingrid Laubrock’s Drilling is from a series of pieces inspired by dream diaries and composed in a quasi-dream-like state, as a haunting, slow harmonic progression becomes increasingly corrupted by electronics and detuned piano chords.

c.20.45-c.21.15 - Old Fruitmarket 

Cat Hope: Shivering Shoulders 

Cat Hope electric bass guitar

Members of the BBC SSO 

Cat Hope’s compositions are conceptually driven, using mostly graphic scores, acoustic/electronic combinations and new score reading technologies, often featuring aleatoric elements, drone, noise, glissandi and an ongoing fascination with low frequency sound. Shivering Shoulders is a new work for electric bass guitar and orchestra, featuring the composer as soloist. It takes its title from a line in The Monsters Are Out, a poem by Maxine Beneba Clarke which reflects on violence against women in Melbourne, Australia.

c.21.30 - Old Fruitmarket 

Ain Bailey/Zachary James Watkins 

Ain Bailey’s work encompasses field recordings and found sounds and is inspired by ideas and reflections on silence and absence, architectural urban spaces, and feminist activism. Her electroacoustic compositions are created for a variety of forms, including multichannel and mixed media installations, moving image soundtracks, live performance and dance. The first day of the Festival closes with a solo set by guitarist, artist and composer Zachary James Watkins.  His performance will explore “fuzzy intonations”, using an equal-tempered guitar fretboard to create rich, resonant sound fields. Watkins says: “As an improviser, I explore form and do not shy away from structured pre-compositional controls.”



£28.00 (£20.00 concession*)   

A limited number of advance Festival Passes allowing access to all events across the two days (subject to seating availability) and are the best way to save money. Festival Passes are limited and only available until Friday 24 April 2020. No refunds are available for partial or one-day use of Festival passes. Passes are subject to availability.  


£18.00 (£14.00 concession*) 

A day pass allows access to all events in the Grand Hall and Old Fruitmarket on either Saturday or Sunday. If you wish to attend events over both days, a Festival Pass will save you money. Please note that it is not possible to book for individual events in the Festival.

[*concession prices are available to Under 26s/Students/School Pupils, Unemployed and Registered disabled only. Proof of status necessary.]


All events in the Grand Hall have unreserved seating. The Scottish Music Centre has limited seating capacity and places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.


Events in The Old Fruitmarket and Recital Room are a mixture of standing/unreserved seating.


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Candleriggs, Glasgow, G1 1NQ

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