Tectonics Glasgow 2021

Saturday 8 & Sunday 9 May

Online at bbc.co.uk/bbcsso

with LIVE performances on BBC Radio 3 and BBC Sounds

The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra’s annual festival of new and experimental music returns next month with a line-up featuring many of the artists scheduled for 2020. Tectonics Glasgow once again sees international, UK, and Glasgow-based artists come together to blur musical boundaries and question what music can be. 

This eighth incarnation of the festival will be made up of unique, specially-recorded audio and video performances streamed on the BBC SSO’s website; but each day will also climax in live broadcasts on BBC Radio 3 and BBC Sounds from Glasgow’s City Halls, from 10pm to 12 midnight.

Festival co-curators Ilan Volkov (BBC SSO Principal Guest Conductor, pictured) and Alasdair Campbell (founder of the Counterflows festival) said:

We were disappointed when last year’s festival had to be cancelled so we’re thrilled that many of the scheduled performers agreed to take part in this year’s online and on-air version. This is the first year that Tectonics Glasgow has been broadcast live, and as we can’t have people listening and watching in the venue, we are delighted to have a live audience at home.” 

The BBC SSO remains at the core of Tectonics Glasgow and will give the world premieres of a new BBC Commission by Michael Parsons and a new work for the festival by Scott McLaughlin, along with works by Egidija MedekšaitėTania LeónArnulf Herrmann and Graciela Paraskevaidis. The orchestra will also record works by Cat Hope and Marc Yeats, while violin virtuoso Ilya Gringolts premieres works for solo violin by Yu Kuwabara and Sky Macklay

Also performing live at City Halls will be Iain Findlay Walsh and Close Scrape (aka Matthew Wright and Adam Linson), both of whom also contribute pre-recorded work. Olivia Furey and the duo of Hannah Ellul & Rebecca Wilcox take to the stage on Sunday, both sets live on BBC Radio 3 and BBC Sounds.    

There will be unique recorded performances from US composer and performer Zachary James Watkins, pianist Angelica Sanchez, brass trio Zinc & Copper with Ellen Arkbro, and Scotland’s inclusive new music ensemble Sonic Bothy. Multimedia composer/performers Andrea Pensado and Ain Bailey will bring their own sound worlds to the festival along with the unique musical instruments of Frédéric Le JunterFrieder Butzmann’s Street Music will explore the sounds of Berlin’s traffic, while Manuel Pessoa de Lima’s Skip Ad critiques the world of online advertising.

Ingrid Lubrock and Tom Rainey will record a set using electronically processed drone/field recordings and another duo, Lauren Redhead and Alistair Zaldua, perform works by Michael Bonaventure and Huw Morgan as well as two of their own pieces.  Øyvind Torvund’s Untitled School will be performed, aptly, by four students from the Freiburg Musikhochschule and a number of artists will come together for  Philip Corner’s MusicArt Ideal.

All performances will be available on the BBC SSO’s website for 30 days, with the two live broadcasts available on BBC Sounds for the same period. The festival will be completely free to access. A full running order with timings will be announced on the BBC SSO website in the coming weeks.