The Beat Goes On: Tectonics Glasgow 2022

Saturday 30 April & Sunday 1 May

City Halls and Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow

  • Focus on Glasgow-based electronic music pioneer Janet Beat [pictured]
  • 5 World Premieres from Ilan Volkov and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
  • Sound artist Russel Haswell and violist Ailbhe Nic Oireachtaigh write works for the BBC SSO
  • Installation and performances from Japan-based artist FUJI||||||||||TA

The octogenarian Glasgow-based composer Janet Beat will be the focus of this year’s Tectonics festival.

Returning after two online incarnations, the festival pushes boundaries and blurs musical genres as international and local artists gather in Glasgow to explore what music can be.  It is staged annually by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, is co-curated by its Principal Guest Conductor Ilan Volkov and Alasdair Campbell (Counterflows) with highlights broadcast on BBC Radio 3

A ground-breaking and somewhat overlooked figure in electronic and experimental music, Janet Beat only released her first commercial album ‘Pioneering Knob Twiddler’ last year. This year’s focus will celebrate her career, including a number of works for solo performer and electronics performed by BBC SSO Principals and soprano Juliet Fraser, as well as sets from Andie BrownSharon Gal and Ailie Ormston that echo Beat’s ever-questioning spirit.   

The orchestra itself will give 5 World Premieres at this year’s festival under Volkov. These include BBC Commissions from Pascale CritonJoanna Ward and Amber Preistley, and new works by Cassandra Miller and Silvia Tarozzi and James Weeks. Works by Liza Lim and Kristine Tjøgersen will receive their first UK outings.

In Tectonics’ long-standing spirit of collaboration, sound artist and producer Russell Haswell and viola player Ailbhe Nic Oireachtaigh are creating works for themselves and members of the BBC SSO. Another notable pairing is celebrated bassist Joëlle Léandre with Jamaican-born artist and musician Douglas R Ewart which closes Sunday’s line-up Ewart’s work Red Hills can also be heard at the festival, performed by the Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra

Tectonics Glasgow’s international flavour is embodied further by appearances from Marja Ahti (Sweden/Finland), Kaja Draksler (Slovenia) and Susana Santo Silva (Portugal), guitarist Tashi Dorji (Bhutan) and Silvia Tarozzi (Italy) while Japan-based sound artist FUJI||||||||||TA aka Yosuke Fujita is resident in the City Halls’ Recital Room all weekend.

The majority of performances will be recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 3, including on a special edition of the New Music Show on Saturday 7th May, while many performances will also be available to watch digitally (full details to be confirmed).

Booking opens tomorrow Friday 4 March at 10am.  Further details of the festival can be found at

bbc.co.uk/tectonics