Counterflows 2023

Fred Moten • Brandon López • Gerald Cleaver (trio) + Hannan Jones • Pat Thomas • Shamica Ruddock (trio)


7 April 2023


Community Central Halls, 304 Maryhill Rd, G20 7YE Venue Access


21:00 – 22:30

Pleased to present the European debut performance by a new improvising group of three singular artists: Fred Moten (voice), Brandon López (double bass), and Gerald Cleaver (drums). López and Cleaver have been improvising together as a duo for a number of years, over which they’ve developed a secret, unspoken language of organically growing repetitive figures in a wide range of sonic palettes. They are joined on-stage by Fred Moten, the inimitable poet, theorist, critic, and 2020 MacArthur Fellow. Moten’s presence, voicing poetry in an improvisatory syncopation with the instrumentalists, raises the music to the third plane.

Following from their work together at last years festival – Re-Imagining In-Conversation’ – Hannan Jones and Shamica Ruddock meet again, this time with mentor, Counterflows regular Pat Thomas, collectively exploring futures and histories, and reflecting on themselves as diaspora subjects with divergent colonial histories. Jazz, noise, improvisation and electronic sounds swirl together and make new shapes.