Fri 6 - Sun 8 Apr 2012 | Festival pass: £35/£30 // Day pass: £18/£6 // Evening Events pass: £15/£12 (booking links below)

Taking place across London, Berlin and Glasgow from 6th-15th April, Counterflows is a new series of festivals exploring international networks of underground music. Spanning Mono, Stereo, the Arches, CCA, Saint Andrews in the Square and the Kinning Park Complex, the Scottish leg (6th-8th April) sees  a host of celebrated musicians and artists from all over the world – from Swans’ Michael Gira and the prolific Michael Hurley to legendary Japanese singer-songwriter Kazuki Tomokawa and Korean psych folk artist Kim Doo Soo – illuminating the city and uniting with Scotland’s own rich musical heritage.

The Arches is proud to be hosting day two of the festival. Boasting evening performances from  free jazz improviser Sven-Åke Johansson, psychedelic and modern acid folk from Korean musician Kim Doo Soo and celebrated American folk singer/songwriter Michael Hurley, afternoon events include a rare showing of Vincent Moon’s film about Tomokawa before his performance at CCA the following day.

Fri 6th April | St. Andrews in the Square | 6.45pm-10.30pm | £15/£12

Michael Gira
Grouper & Diamond Catalog
Early Songs

+ Late Night Counterflows: Volcano the Bear | Mono  | 10pm – 1am | Free

Sat 7th April
| The Arches | 2.15pm  – 10pm |

2.30pm-3.40pm   La Faute des Fleurs    £3 Buy tickets
A rare screening of Vincent Moon’s film about the singer-songwriter, poet and artist Kazuki Tomokawa.

4pm-5pm   Torsten Lauschmann with Red Note Ensemble: Inconsistent Whisper    £3 Buy tickets
Counterflows and the Arches’ Behaviour Festival present a Red Note Ensemble commission by Torsten Lauschmann.

6.30pm-7.10pm   Josephine Foster Buy tickets
Josephine will perform a special piano-led set of her songs. Her ecstatic voice and completely unique approach to song will be well served in this rare piano-based performance.

7.25pm-8.10pm   Sven-Åke Johansson: Trio – Der Kreis des Gegenstandes      Buy tickets
Sven-Ake Johansson, one of the founders of European free jazz, writer, painter and situation-creator, performs at the festival with Alex Dorner and Werner Dafeldecker in a trio that compliments and pushes the sonic make-up of tonight’s programme.

8.20pm-9.05pm   Kim Doo Soo Buy tickets
Korean acid folk troubadour brings his magical, haunting and heartfelt repertoire of poignant songs to the UK for a very rare appearance. There is a striking calm about his work possibly borne of his anti-positivist philosophy and level-headedness which reveal his far flung roots. To the western ear, Nick Drake and Bert Jansch spring to mind, but his music is more akin to his Japanese soul mate Eddie Marcon.

9.15pm-10pm   Michael Hurley Buy tickets
It’s no surprise to find out that the unique voice of Michael Hurley was first recorded for release by Folkways Records on the same reel to reel which recorded Leadbelly’s last sessions. Hurley’s career has spanned almost fifty years of craft and his newest LP Blue Hills is a testimony to his continued relevance.

+ Cry Parrot’s Late Night Counterflows: Caspar Brotzmann’s Massaker | Stereo | 10pm-3am | £5

Sun 8th April | CCA |  6.45pm-10pm | £12/£10

Kazuki Tomokawa
Bill Wells’ National Jazz Trio of Scotland
Margareth Kammerer

+ Tracer Trails’ afternoon at Kinning Park Complex | 2pm-5pm | Free


Buy Arches Day pass:  £18/£16
Buy Arches Evening Events pass£15/£12

Buy Counterflows festival pass
Buy St.Andrews in the Square day pass
Buy CCA day pass

Presented by AC Projects and Oto Projects.