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Tectonics Glasgow 2021

Online at 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 and Glasgow-based artists come together to blur musical boundaries and question what music can be.

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The BBC SSO will give World Premieres of compositions by Liza Lim, Michael Parsons, Cat Hope, James Weeks and Scott McLaughlin as well as UK Premieres of works by Carola Bauckholt and Øyvind Torvund’s acclaimed lounge-music inspired album, Exotica, performed live. Berlin-based trio Zinc and Copper will close the festival with CHORDS for brass by Ellen Arkbro.

Frédéric Le Junter has been making instruments and sound machines for decades and will perform on the second day of the festival, as will Berlin humourist Frieder Butzmann who delivers a paean to the soon-to-be-obsolete combustion engine.

Artist, DJ and performer Ain Bailey shares the Saturday Old Fruitmarket slot with US composer and artist Zachary James Watkins.  Their explorations in sound are complemented by those of Iain Findlay-Walsh, Andrea Pensado, and duos Hannah Ellul and Rebecca Wilcox, and Adam Linson and Matt Wright. And Glasgow’s own inclusive music ensemble Sonic Bothy makes its Tectonics debut this year with a set inspired by surrealism.

Ilan Volkov said: “Having musicians from different backgrounds is what makes this event always full of surprise and discovery for me. There are so many different personalities and the intensity of the performances is what stays with me, and hopefully the audience, for a long time. It’s a special atmosphere where there’s a real openness about new and strange ideas. It’s fantastic to host.”

The majority of performances will be recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 3.