Fri 2 - Sat 3 Mar 2012 | From 12 noon each day | Festival pass: £15/£10 // Day pass: £9/£6 // Concert only ticket: £6/£4
The annual festival of mould-breaking music, sound and performance returns.
Brought to you by Glasgow University postgraduate students and the Arches, Sound Thought is two days of interdisciplinary compositions, performances, installations, presentations and provocations, travelling across disciplines, between genres and way beyond expectations.
With the mission of establishing a hub for the dialogues already existent in sound work and open them up to a wider audience, this year’s festival includes diverse and groundbreaking work from celebrated composers, visual artists, contemporary theatre practitioners and filmmakers alongside a massive programme of intriguing multimedia presentations, discussions and workshops.
This year, performances will focus on the idea of music as gift: what’s offered, and what’s returned? What’s at stake in the exchange? Do gifts require justification, or is it the thought that counts?
Expect blindfold journeys through dark corridors, noise, argument, pop song endurance and outright murder, lost correspondence to Chris De Burgh, ultra-minimal improv, the most exciting chamber ensemble in the country, stupidity, seriousness, and music for understanding, transgression and change…
Featured artists include: Edit Point, Neil Davidson and Liene Rozite, F.K.Alexander, Jenny Soep, Jer Reid and Monica De Ioanni, Emily Shepherd, Julien Lonchamp, Viridian Quartet, Brink Improv, Wounded Knee, Charles Ross, Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo Buffalo, Paul Henry, Chris Hutchings, Clare Healy, Edd Crawley, Julia Scott, Okishima Island Tourist Association, Annabel Carberry, Tamara Friebel
// To book your festival pass please call 0141 565 1000 or visit the Arches Box Office at 253 Argyle Street, Glasgow. All other tickets are available to book online //
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“Where can you see tomorrow’s work today? The answer is The Arches.”
Producing and presenting risk-taking work from local and international artists and companies, the building has boasted performances over the past two years from Derevo, The TEAM and Taylor Mac, hosted the National Review of Live Art and New Territories festivals and seen blistering performances from boundary-pushing artists and companies such as John Moran, Adrian Howells, Ontroerend Goed and Quarantine as part of 2010’s BEHAVIOUR festival, our annual celebration of the live experience.
The Arches is also Scotland’s leading provider of support for emergent artists and performance practitioners, providing a year-long programme of opportunities including Artist in Residence programmes and our two annual awards, Platform 18: New Directions and the Brick Award, as well as showcasing raw work from homegrown talent such as Nic Green and Rob Drummond in Arches LIVE, our annual festival of brave new work.
Our dedicated Creative Learning programme offers even further-reaching opportunities for development across a broad range of social groups, with events ranging from urban music production course Tigerstyle and the newly launched Arches Community Choir, to mentoring schemes, professional development projects and off-site performance work with diverse social groups.
Words from Jackie Wylie, The Arches’ Artistic Director, following the tragic death of Adrian Howells:
“All at The Arches are devastated by the loss of Adrian Howells this week. He was our Artist in Residence and The Arches was his creative home. But more than that, he was a dear friend and companion in life to many of us here.
So many would say that there truly was no one like him, who personified love, generosity and the deepest type of empathy and desire to understand those lucky enough to have met him. With great humour he was able to create an instant connection with anyone he encountered. He was able to translate this desire to nurture and connect into his performance practice and in doing so leaves behind not only an incredible and influential body of work but a multitude of audience members across the world who have in some way been transformed by these encounters.
He supported, encouraged and was at the heart of an entire community of artists in Glasgow who will miss him terribly.”