The Ninth Glasgow Improvisors Orchestra Festival, 24 – 26 November, 2016



The 9th International Glasgow Improvisors Orchestra Festival

CCA, 350 Sauchiehall Street, G2 3JD

24 – 26 November, 2016

Connecting Continents and Remembering George Lyle

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GIOfest IX invites guests from all around the globe – bringing new projects, new approaches to music and new technologies, including works exclusively designed for GIO. In terms of our geographical range of guests, this is our most ambitious festival yet with artists from North America, Australia and around Europe.

Highlights include Anne Pajunen (composer, singer, viola player & founder and artistic director of Swedish Modern Opera Ensemble), the Canadian electronic music and visual artists Instant Places, the ebullient multi-instrumentalist Javier Paxarino from Madrid, Adriana Minu (Bucharest) and Pawel Kudel (Poland) with award-winning graphic scoring technology, and Alister Spence from Sydney, who will bring a new large work for GIO to premiere – Imagine Meeting You Here.

We are also delighted to welcome back our ‘extended family’ members Maggie Nicols and Corey Mwamba

George Lyle

There will be an exhibition of photographs curated by photographer John Gilmour, featuring GIO’s wonderful bassist, George Lyle who died earlier this year. Stewart Smith has written a heartfelt article on George in The Wire.

On the Thursday evening all the performances will be dedicated to George, including new works composed and designed around close musical collaborations George was involved in with members of the ensemble

GIO Children’s Workshop

Our Saturday public events will include a children’s workshop hosted by GIO with Adriana Minu, who will introduce a brand new interactive graphic/visual score, suitable for age 4 and over

Open Workshop with Anne Pajunen

The Saturday Open Workshop will be delivered by Anne Pajunen, who will focus on the voice and welcome the addition of any instruments you wish to bring along

Concurrent Workshop and Discussion

There will also be an open session hosted by the Edinburgh College of Art research network Concurrent which explores interdisciplinary improvising through research and practice. The session involves a presentation, discussion and open performance with musicians and dancers. Chaired by Corey Mwamba.

Workshop information


Thursday 24th November


Concerts (Thursday evening concerts all dedicated to George Lyle)

7.30pm A Sonic Meditation for George Lyle (Fritz Welch with GIO)

8.00pm Another Room (Una MacGlone with small group)

8.30pm IMPRO-TATA for GL (George Burt with GIO)

9.30pm Shuffle [for George] (Gerry Rossi with GIO)

10.00pm Totally Free for George (GIO) – with John Gilmour Photograph

Friday 25th November


7.30pm Javier Paxarino (Spain) and Ken Slaven with GIO small group

8.00pm Premiere : Imagine Meeting You Here (Alister Spence, Australia) with GIO

9.15pm Anne Pajunen (Sweden) with GI

Saturday 26th November

Workshops & Talk

11.00am GIO Children’s Workshop with Maggie Nicols (London) and Adriana Minu (Bucharest)

12.30pm Open Workshop with Anne Pajunen (Sweden)

3.00pm Open Discussion hosted by Concurrent – at Club Room Open Spac

Concerts (small groups night)

7.30pm Adriana Minu (Bucharest) & Pawel Kudel (Poland) with GIO small group

8.30pm Instant Places (Canada)

9.15pm GIO Small Groups

GIOfest IX is kindly supported by Creative Scotland, Creative Victoria, Canada Council for the Arts, and Centre for Contemporary Arts.

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