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
Grouper & Diamond Catalog
+ 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
Bill Wells’ National Jazz Trio of Scotland
+ Tracer Trails’ afternoon at Kinning Park Complex | 2pm-5pm | Free
Buy Arches Day pass: £18/£16
Buy Arches Evening Events pass: £15/£12
Legendary international acts, cult festivals and the most exciting new bands collide at one of the city’s most eclectic live venues.
It’s perhaps natural that, as one of the nation’s most unusual live music venues, our programme spans rock, pop, indie, electronica, soul, jazz, country, metal, folk, and the many sub-genres inbetween. The unique atmosphere and space of the building means it’s often used for anything from intimate acoustic gigs to stage-diving, sweaty rammies and slick, spectacular international concerts.
Supporting the best examples of the known and the not-so-known, the Arches stage is host to everything from the latest stars of leftfield pop, such as Grimes and Chvrches, to alternative indie rock acts such as Peace and Yeasayer, prog and rock heroes such as The Fall, Swans and Dinosaur Jnr, and cutting edge electronic talent, from Rustie to James Blake.
We also regularly plays host to international legends – from Martha Reeves to Ben E. King to Jane Birkin – and provide the perfect multi-room setting for various festivals, from Celtic Connections to the Glasgow Jazz Festival. In 2012, the hallowed arches played hosted to the UK-wide Africa Express tour, featuring Damon Albarn, Baaba Maal and a trainload of world music stars, and in 2013, the building was transformed into a sonic Cineplex for our own co-curated cult event the Glasgow Music and Film Festival, featuring live film scores and AV sets from Jeff Mills, Dieter Moebius and Raime.
“A classical gig in the vaults of Scotland’s dance mecca might sound an odd prospect, but the Arches proved the perfect setting”
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