Taking place across Glasgow, London, and Berlin from 6th-15th April 2012, Counterflows is a new series of festivals exploring international networks of underground music. The Scottish leg of the festival is being brought together by AC Projects.

Spanning Mono, Stereo, the Arches, CCA, Saint Andrews in the Square and the Kinning Park Complex, Glasgow (6th-8th April) sees  a host of celebrated musicians and artists from all over the world – from Swans’ Michael Gira and the prolific Michael Hurley to legendary Japanese singer-songwriter Kazuki Tomokawa and Korean psych folk artist Kim Doo Soo – illuminating the city and uniting with Scotland’s own rich musical heritage.

Full Festival Pass – £35 / £30 or purchase individual day / evening tickets.

Ticket purchase for festival: www.arches.co.uk or Arches Box Office 0141 565 1000

Fri 6th April | St. Andrews in the Square | 6.45pm-10.30pm | Evening Pass £15/£12

Performances by: Early Songs, Michael Gira, Grouper & Diamond Catalog

Early Songs – 7.15pm

To open up Counterflows in Glasgow the supremely beautiful music of David Scott’s Early Songs. David has been working on a new set of his infectious tone poems as a follow up to his striking 2008 Wind Wound CD. Scott sights as an early influence the lyrical country blues picking of Mississippi John Hurt.

 Grouper & Diamond Catalog – 8.15pm

Grouper is the recording and performing project of Portland based Liz Harris. Grouper’s shimmering compositions exist in their own world, out of time and space. This will be a special set exploring Liz’s more song-based material as a contrast to her ‘Violet Replacement’ performances across Europe in 2012. For the Glasgow Counterflows gig she is joined by mess-up-sound duo Diamond Catalog.

Michael Gira – 9.30pm

Starting in the late 1970s, Michael Gira, founder of Swans, has made some of the most abrasive, visceral and violently beautiful music imaginable. Counterflows is thrilled to have Michael perform one of is rare solo shows here at our inaugral festival.

+ Late Night Counterflows: Volcano the Bear | Mono  | 10pm – 1am | Free

Sat, 7th April – The Arches

The Arches is proud to be hosting day two of the festival. Boasting evening performances from  free jazz improviser Sven-Åke Johansson, psychedelic and modern acid folk from Korean musician Kim Doo Soo and celebrated American folk singer/songwriter Michael Hurley, afternoon events include a rare showing of Vincent Moon’s film about Tomokawa before his performance at CCA the following day.
 Sat 7th April | The Arches | 2.15pm  – 10pm | Day and Evening pass: £18

2.30pm-3.40pm   La Faute des Fleurs    £3 Buy tickets
A rare screening of Vincent Moon’s film about the singer-songwriter, poet and artist Kazuki Tomokawa.

4pm-5pm   Torsten Lauschmann with Red Note Ensemble: Inconsistent Whisper    £4 Buy tickets
Counterflows and the Arches’ Behaviour Festival present a Red Note Ensemble commission by Torsten Lauschmann.

The Arches Evening: Evening Pass £15 / £12  Buy tickets

6.30pm-7.10pm   Josephine Foster
Josephine will perform a special piano-led set of her songs. Her ecstatic voice and completely unique approach to song will be well served in this rare piano-based performance.

7.25pm-8.10pm   Sven-Åke Johansson: Trio – Der Kreis des Gegenstandes

Sven-Ake Johansson, one of the founders of European free jazz, writer, painter and situation-creator, performs at the festival with Alex Dorner and Werner Dafeldecker in a trio that compliments and pushes the sonic make-up of tonight’s programme.

8.20pm-9.05pm   Kim Doo Soo
Korean acid folk troubadour brings his magical, haunting and heartfelt repertoire of poignant songs to the UK for a very rare appearance. There is a striking calm about his work possibly borne of his anti-positivist philosophy and level-headedness which reveal his far flung roots. To the western ear, Nick Drake and Bert Jansch spring to mind, but his music is more akin to his Japanese soul mate Eddie Marcon.

9.15pm-10pm   Michael Hurley
It’s no surprise to find out that the unique voice of Michael Hurley was first recorded for release by Folkways Records on the same reel to reel which recorded Leadbelly’s last sessions. Hurley’s career has spanned almost fifty years of craft and his newest LP Blue Hills is a testimony to his continued relevance.

+ Cry Parrot’s Late Night Counterflows: Caspar Brotzmann’s Massaker | Stereo | 10pm-3am | £5

First UK shows for Massaker since 1999 when police shut down their London show after a few songs due to excessive volume and the Glasgow date was cancelled just after the neighbouring building caught fire and the block was roped off. Presumably nothing to do with the soundcheck!

Sunday 8th April – CCA

The CCA is home to the final night of the festival with a with an extremely rare UK show by Kazuki Tomokawa.  Tomokawa is one of the most poised and intense artists to emerge out of Japan’s underground folk scene.  He will be joined by the evocative vocals of Berlin based artist Margareth Kammerer and the inimitable and exemplerary Falkirk born Bill Wells and his National Jazz Trio of Scotland.

Sun 8th April | CCA |  6.45pm-10pm | Evening Pass £12/£10

Margareth Kammerer – 7pm

Bill Wells’ National Jazz Trio of Scotland – 8pm

Kazuki Tomokawa – 9pm

Poet, singer, artist, bicycle race commentator, essayist, actor, drinker. Kazuki Tomokawa is an artist who embodies the romance of the vagabond poet. Releasing his first LP in the 70s as part of a post-Dylan folk boom in Japan, Tomokawa went on to involve himself in theatre, art and more. In the 90s he hooked up with PSF and has released a stream of beguiling sides since whilst making only the rare appearance outside of Japan.

“Tomokawa is cut from a truly human, outsider cloth they don’t make anymore.” Alan Cummings

+ Tracer Trails’ afternoon at Kinning Park Complex | 2pm-5pm | Free

Full Festival Tickets can be purchased online from:

The Arches:


or can be purchased at

Monorail, Kings Place, Glasgow

or from the Box Offices of the individual venues:

St Andrews in the Square:

1 St Andrews in the Aquare, Glasgow, G1 5PP

Tel: 0141 559 5901


The Arches:

253, Argyle Street, Glasgow, G2 8DL

Tel: 0141 565 1000



350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3JD

Tel: 0141 352 4900


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