Brighde Chaimbeul & Vasco Alves, Tom Mudd & Gorbals Youth Brass Band, Roy Claire Potter & Park Jiha


31 March 2022


Community Central Halls, 304 Maryhill Rd, G20 7YE


Brighde Chaimbeul & Vasco Alves
20:00 – 20:30
Tom Mudd & Gorbals Youth Brass Band
20:45 – 21:15
Roy Claire Potter & Park Jiha
21:30 – 22:10

After over 2 years of absence, Counterflows Festival kicks off with 3 sets of unlikely sets of collaborations.

Skye-born Brìghde Chaimbeul has devised a new way of arranging for bagpipe music that emphasises rich textural drones and a trance-like constancy of sound. Meeting her in a first time duo performance will be Vasco Alves, whose bagpipes’ focus lies in disrupting the airflow, exploiting the physical limits of the instrument and the interaction between its acoustic output and electronically generated audio (or other instruments).

Radical computer-based artist Tom Mudd made one of our favourite releases in 2020 with ‘Brass Cultures’, using massed brass synthesis: digital models of physically improbable brass instruments being played by algorithms. For this special commission he will present new work made in collaboration with the brilliant Gorbals Youth Brass Band. Synthetic brass meets real brass!

Closing the evening will be South Korea’s Park Jiha and England’s Roy Claire Potter. Roy’s striking words and poetry find their way in, around and through Jiha’s minimalist and improvised music on Korean traditional instruments, meeting each other in a beguiled harmony.

The Gorbals Youth Brass Band (Glasgow)

The Gorbals Youth Brass Band (GYBB) provides a secure learning environment for children to explore their creativity through free and inclusive high quality instrumental music education. Founded in 2012 by two graduates of The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, GYBB delivers lessons and group rehearsals to young people from the Gorbals area of Glasgow, ranked in the most deprived decile on the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation. Read more

Tom Mudd (Edinburgh)

Tom Mudd enjoys making music with computers. Recent work revolves around physical models: digital synthesis processes based on physical simulations of acoustic objects and instruments. Brass Cultures (Fancyyyyy0 uses massed brass synthesis: digital models of physically improbable brass instruments being played by algorithms. Read more

Vasco Alves (Lisbon)

Vasco Alves’ work investigates the materiality of sound and aspects of acoustical phenomena through the use of unstable electronic and acoustic processes, which may include synthesis and amplification techniques, bagpipes and customised wind instruments. Read more

Brìghde Chaimbeul (Scotland)

Brìghde Chaimbeul grew up on Skye and began mastering the Highland bagpipes at the age of 7. She was introduced to the Scottish smallpipes in 2014 by the instrument’s revivalists Fin and Hamish Moore; developing an innovative style that won her the 2016 BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award, leading to collaborations with Gruff Rhys, Ross Ainslie, Carlos Nunez and Aidan O’Rourke. Read more

Park Jiha (Korea)

The music of composer/performer Park Jiha blends classical minimalism and improvised music with traditional Korean instruments like the Piri (double-reed bamboo flute), Saenghwang (bamboo mouth organ), and Yanggeum (hammered dulcimer). Read more

Roy Claire Potter (UK)

Roy Claire Potter has released duo and solo audio works with labels like Cafe OTO’s Takuroku, Sub Rosa, Chocolate Monk, and Fort Evil Fruit and has worked with a broad range of musicians and sound artists including Park Jiha, Ziúr, Kieron Piercy and Bridget Hayden. Read more