GLASGOW MUSIC AND FILM FESTIVAL BIGGER AND BETTER FOR 2011 17th – 27th February 2011 Various times and prices – see below The Arches, 253 Argyle Street, Glasgow, G2 8DL Tickets from the Arches Box Office on 0141 565 1000 or from www.thearches.co.uk
Back for its third year with the biggest and most exciting lineup yet, the Glasgow Music & Film Festival 2011 takes place from 17th – 27th February 2011 and will see acts such as Goblin, Zombie Zombie, 65daysofstatic, Duglas T Stewart (BMX Bandits) and many more paying tribute to music from a range of seminal films - from The Wicker Man to Battleship Potemkin – and a range of seminal composers and directors – from Dario Argento to Ennio Morricone. Performances are back in The Arches this year (last year’s gigs were off-site due to the temporary closure of the Arches for rail improvement works) with a unique aquatic, cinematic experience from Wet Sounds at North Woodside Swimming Pool.
Part of the seventh Glasgow Film Festival, the GMFF is co-curated by film buffs and music geeks at the GFT and the Arches. This year's line-up picks up from where last year's highly praised programme left off, striking a balance between reverent celebration and future innovation. With last year's highlights including an adrenaline-thumping interpretation of the music of John Carpenter by Zombie Zombie, and Thomas Truax's enigmatic tribute to David Lynch, 2011’s carefully curated programme looks to push the creative ethos even further with some one-off, you-just-had-to-be-there events. The shows are accompanied by a varied film programme at the GFT celebrating music, film and the culture that unites them. For more information on the GMFF films go to: www.glasgowfilmfestival.org/ from 19th January 2011.
As well as being one of the most important Italian rock bands, Goblin are the creators of some of the finest horror film soundtracks ever made and they are the GMFF festival headliners on Friday 25th Feb 2011 at 7pm (£21). Although having soundtracked around 20 films throughout their career, it is their rescoring of Profondo Rosso, Suspiria and Dawn Of The Dead that really forms the basis of their legendary reputation. The rescorings explored electronica, tribal rhythms and experimental orchestration, as well as the notorious distorted vocals and terrifying experimental sounds which so perfectly enhanced the on-screen action. This show sees the legendary band performing classic tracks from Suspiria, Dawn Of The Dead, Profundo Rosso and more.
Taking the fun out of the cavernous Arches, Wet Sounds present an aquatic cinema for the ear at North Woodside Swimming Pool in Glasgow’s West End (nearest subway: St George’s Cross) on Sat 19th and Sun 20th Feb 2011. Sat 19th will feature Joel Cahen and the Wet Sounds listening gallery and run from 2pm – 4pm. No age restriction and prices are for standard swimming sessions so £2.25 for adults and £1.25 for children (up to 16 years of age). Using an overwater and underwater sound system, Joel Cahen will play a live sound collage mixing recorded environments, film soundtracks, sound fx, dialogue and textures to create a rich cinematic soundscape. The theme is ReVerse, a sound art gallery of works, created especially for Wet Sounds by international artists. On Sun 20th Feb, Mira Calix and Andrea Parker, Adrian Moore, Joel Cahen will DJ live
from 5pm – 8pm. Tickets are £12/£10 (tickets via www.wetsounds.co.uk and the Arches). No age restriction. The audience floats and dives, immersed in sound from inside and outside the water. The sound is detailed and clear, creating an incredibly immersive listening experience. The swimming pool will be darkened and beautifully transformed producing a deep listening floatation tank effect. Go to www.wetsounds.co.uk for more information.
With their music used as the score for the Radio 4 adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five earlier this year, 65daysofstatic now create an original 90-minute score for Douglas Trumbull's science fiction classic Silent Running which will be performed on Sat 19th and Sun 20th Feb 2011 at 7.30pm (£10). With layered, intense barrages of sounds and textures, 65daysofstatic fuse keyboards, drum samples, angry post-rock guitars and gritty synth noise to create headphone-hungry, cinematic soundscapes for the digital age. Whilst
fourth album We Were Exploding Anyway delves deeper into the electronic undercurrent of their music, the band has always retained their post-rock core, thriving off a reputation as an unbelievable live act.
Innovative cross art-form project The National Youth Orchestras of Scotland’s contemporary chamber ensemble, NYOS Futures is on Mon 21st Feb at 8pm (£9/£6). The project, conducted by Ken Dempster, collaborates with artists from fields including film, photography, animation, electronic surround sound design, live performance and story-telling to produce a unique, thought provoking and awe inspiring audiovisual
experience which explores notions of vanishing boundaries - real or imagined, past or present, local or global. The Beaver and The Wolf (2008) are taken from 12 existential fables written by Johnny Rodger, animated by Iain Gardner and with music composed by Steve Davismoon. The Beaver is an allegorical tale of the environment while The Wolf focuses on themes including unfamiliarity and racism. Katrina Burton’s NY10128 (2008) is a photographic meditation on New York’s Guggenheim Museum. Ken Dempster’s Falling Softly, Softly Falling (2010) is based on the last minutes of John Huston’s acclaimed film The Dead and Alan William’s Bog Bodies (2010) uses the discovery of preserved Bronze age men to ponder the ravages of time and nature. The project features composers from the University of Salford, Napier University, Edinburgh as well as mezzo soprano Taylor-Wilson, actor Gordon Munro and live electronics from Stephen Davismoon.
Also on Mon 21st Feb, GMFF presents Gary Lucas scores Dracula (8pm, £15 + BF). Note: this event will be held at partner venue O2 ABC Glasgow, 330 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3JA. After gathering rave reviews at the Transylvania, New York, Sevilla and Havana Film Festivals, Gary Lucas presents his new solo guitar score for an overlooked classic: the alternate Spanish version of Dracula. During filming of the famous Bela Lugosi Dracula in 1931, the Latin version was being filmed at night, on the same sets and sound stages and with virtually the same script. Gary's music underscores the spoken Spanish dialogue sequences as well as the long expressive shots. This new composition follows the success of his score for Tod Browning's silent thriller The Unholy Three.
Glasgow based DIY promoters Cry Parrot co-present Lucky Dragons with the Arches on Tue 22nd Feb 2011 at 7.30pm (£7). Hailed for their original brand of world-infused glitchy electronica, Lucky Dragons are an experimental music act from Los Angeles intent on breaking down boundaries. Promoting a democratic relationship between the audience and the band, their live shows see them encouraging audience members to participate by handing out touch sensitive wires and instruments. For this specially commissioned one-off conceptual event, Lucky Dragons break down the boundaries even further, screening silent shorts submitted by the audience on numerous projectors but with one main difference: you control the music, and you control the films. For info on how to get involved go to http://www.thearches.co.uk/Lucky-Dragons-2011
Self-confessed analogue freaks and kraut-disco devotees Zombie Zombie will recreate the live score of Sergie Eisenstein's seminal 1925 film Battleship Potemkin - possibly one of the most revolutionary propaganda films of all time on Wed23rd Feb 2011 at 7.30pm (£10). Inspired by the legendary film soundtracks of Goblin, last year's Glasgow Music and Film Festival saw the Parisian pair perform music from the films of John Carpenter, expertly raising and lowering the pulse of the crowd to recreate the thrilling emotional crescendos of the classic horror movie through their nouveau psych music. They went on to tour the show in Europe, as well as releasing an album of Carpenter's music produced by Joakim.
As a tribute to the magical work of Paul Giovanni and friends, The Memory Band will be performing songs such as Gently Jonny, Willow’s Song, Corn Rigs and many more from the soundtrack to 1973 cult film classic The Wicker Man on Thu 24th Feb 2011 at 7.30pm (£6) Led by producer Stephen Cracknell, the musical line up
will be the usual Memory Band alignment of talents both known and emerging, along with special guest Johnny Lynch (Pictish Trail) from the Fence Collective.
Originally conceived in 2000, Davie Scott (The Pearlfishers) and Duglas T Stewart (BMX Bandits) will resurrect and refresh Mondo Morricone on Sat 26th Feb 2011 at 7.30pm (£15). The show features a range of guests from the worlds of indie, pop and jazz paying tribute to some of the most extraordinary, idiosyncratic music ever written by probably the most celebrated living composer of film soundtracks: Ennio Morricone. Ennio scored more than 450 films - from the Italian Giallo movies of the 60s and 70s to huge Hollywood hits such as The Mission and The Untouchables, to classics of European cinema including Cinema Paradiso and Le Cage Aux Folles and, most famously, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.
Go to http://www.thearches.co.uk/music for tickets and more information on all GMFF 2011 performances and accompanying films.
The full Glasgow Film Festival line-up will be announced on 19 January 2011; watch out for special programme announcements along the way. The 7th Glasgow Film Festival will run from February 17–27 2011 in venues throughout the city. The Festival is the fastest-growing film event in the UK, attracting audiences in excess of 30,000. In 2010, it welcomed French director Jean-Pierre Jeunet to the city for the opening night gala of Micmacs and hosted the world premiere of Idris Elba thriller Legacy. The 2011 Festival is set to be bigger and better than ever as it showcases the best of home grown talent and international trendsetters. The
full programme is announced on 19 January with tickets on sale from 20 January at www.glasgowfilm.org/festival.
Glasgow Film Festival 2011 is supported by Glasgow: Scotland with Style and Creative Scotland.
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