Tectonics Glasgow Turns Ten

Saturday 29 & Sunday 30 April 2023

City Halls and Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow


Tectonics Glasgow, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra’s festival of new and experimental music, celebrates ten years of ground-breaking music this April. Conceived by the orchestra’s Principal Guest Conductor, Ilan Volkov, and co-curated by Alasdair Campbell (Counterflows) the festival has blurred the lines between musical genres since 2013 and continues to question what music can be.

This year’s line-up includes the Colombian musician Lucrecia Dalt [pictured], the ‘king of sampling’ Carl Stone, and pianists Aki Takahashi and Cory Smythe. The BBC SSO will give world premieres of compositions by Somei SatohLinda BuckleyRufus Isabel ElliotIan PowerScott McLaughlin and William Dougherty which were inspired by topics as varied as pagan rituals, Julia Kristeva, quantum physics, and an antique wax cylinder recording of Home Sweet Home. There’s also the UK premiere of works by Ingrid Laubrock and the late Dutch composer Margriet Hoenderdos.    

European avant-garde legends Limpe Fuchs and Jérôme Noetinger rub shoulders with Scottish and UK-based artists such as Inge Thomson and Calum MacIntyre, cellist Semay WuLucy Duncombe, and Feronia Wennborg. And the Japanese-Korean artist Ryoko Akama takes up residence in the City Halls Recital Room for an installation created uniquely for that space.  

Ilan Volkov, said:  “Tectonics isn’t big on nostalgia. We like to look forward rather than back, but it’s fair to say that in 2013 we didn’t think we’d still be here. That’s down to our audiences’ enthusiasm and loyalty, the outstanding artists we’ve been able to champion, and the ongoing support and commitment from the BBC. We’re certain this year’s festival will channel all the excitement and optimism of the very first one.”

Since 2013 the festival has premiered 51 new works for orchestra, many of them BBC commissions. In 2015 it gave the World Premiere of Cassandra Miller’s Duet for Cello and Orchestra, voted one of the best classical works of the 21st century by The Guardian.

In its first year, it welcomed the late Alvin Lucier, who performed a number of his own pieces, and Hildur Guðnadóttir, now an Oscar-winner for her film scores (JokerTÁR). It has championed composers such as Éliane Radigue and Janet Beat with focuses on their work, and has hosted leading European compositional giants (Georg Friedrich Haas), alt-rock royalty (Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore), US avant-garde trailblazers (Christian Wolff), and black-metal performers (Attila Csihar).

The majority of this year’s performances will be recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 3 with some performances available to watch online (full details to be confirmed).

Booking opens tomorrow, Thursday 2 February 2023, at 10am.  Further details of the festival can be found at www.bbc.co.uk/tectonics