Dates and times
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
Day 2: SUNDAY 3 MAY
From 14.30 - Recital Room
Red Light Piano
Manuel Pessoa de Lima in performance. Drop by the Recital Room throughout the day.
15.00-c.15.45 - Grand Hall
Lauren Redhead & Alistair Zaldua
Day Two of the 2020 Festival kicks off with organ and electronics duo Lauren Redhead and Alistair Zaldua. Since 2012 their performances have spanned the possibilities of the organ, experimenting with stereo fixed media sound, live diffusion, live electronics and using live notation and improvisation. Here they play pieces by Michael Bonaventure, Huw Morgan, and by Redhead herself.
c.16.00-c.16.50 - Old Fruitmarket
Close Scrape: Adam Linson & Matt Wright/Andrea Pensado
Adam Linson (double bass, sampling, processing) and Matt Wright (turntables, sampling, processing) explore the boundaries and blur the lines between live and recorded sound: Close Scrape will rumble your innards and tickle your minds. Andrea Pensado uses voice and electronics to make music. Noise, mixed with the strong emotional component of her performance, generates a deeply personal sonic language praised as “all tension and little release”.
c.17.00-c.18.00 - Grand Hall
BBC SCOTTISH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA 2
Scott McLaughlin The Dirac Sea: Folds in continuous fields (World Premiere)
James Weeks Weligwic (World Premiere)
Carola Bauckholt Im Auge des Klangs (UK Premiere of new version)
Ilan Volkov conductor
Scott McLaughlin’s new work treats both individual instruments and the orchestra as a whole as continuous fields of sound: ‘by playing in unstable zones of sound production, gentle bowing and breathing actions pleat and fold the sound across tipping points, shaping and forming musical structures.’ James Week’s World Premiere Weligwic (from the Anglo-Saxon, meaning ‘place of willows’) is ‘concerned with images of light and foliage as well as the theme of our indwelling within the natural world.’ And there’s the UK Premiere of German composer Carola Bauckholt’s Im Auge des Klangs (In the Eye of Sound) in a new version specially created for the Festival.
c.18.15-c.19.00 - Old Fruitmarket
BBC SCOTTISH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA 3
Philip Corner With Both Ears (World Premiere)
Øyvind Torvund The Exotica Album (UK Premiere)
Kjetil Møster saxophones and electronics
Jørgen Træen modular-synth & noise
Ilan Volkov conductor
Philip Corner’s With Both Ears is a ‘joining of two pieces from the 70s’: Inner Ear for strings and Outer Ear, ‘Birds in Tree’ and allows members of the orchestra to embrace openness, improvisation and indeterminacy. Then modernism, electronica and lounge-core collide in a live version of Øyvind Torvund’s The Exotica Album: sip a martini and sink into lush, dreamlike, easy-listening tunes, waves of noise and blip-blops from modular synthesisers as the world of exotica is expanded and reimagined.
c.19.15–19.45 - Scottish Music Centre
MEET THE ARTISTS 2
Your chance to meet and hear about some of the artists involved in Day 2 of Tectonics. (Limited capacity)
c.20.00-c.21.00 - Old Fruitmarket
Frieder Butzmann/Frédéric Le Junter
Berlin-based musical humourist Frieder Butzmann is joined by members of the BBC SSO for From Bumblebee to Car Control!, a paean to the noise on our streets before the inevitable digitally-controlled electromobile silence. It will bring full-fat electronic sounds and hymns to the space along with relayed sound to pay tribute to the automobile as a cultural object. Frédéric Le Junter meanwhile brings his trademark self-made instruments and sound machines to the Festival for Drops and Masses, inspired, as much of his work is, by the recollection of sounds from the port of Dunkirk where he grew up.
c.21.15–c.21.45 - Grand Hall
Zinc and Copper Play Ellen Arkbro
Zinc & Copper is a brass trio specialising in just intonation and contemporary
repertoire. Elena Margarita Kakaliagou (horn), Johannes Lauer (trombone) and Robin Hayward (microtonal tuba) close the Festival with the World Premiere of CHORDS for brass by Ellen Arkbro. The latest in the composer’s body of ongoing work focusing on slowly unfolding chordal modulations, CHORDS for brass “is a manifestation of sequentially occurring complexities resolving into simplicity, by way of tone”.
TECTONICS FESTIVAL PASSES (all events on both SATURDAY AND SUNDAY):
£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.
TECTONICS DAY PASSES (SATURDAY OR SUNDAY PASS):
£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.