Cultural event of this weekend, without question, is “Long Live Pere Ubu!”, a multimedia performance by Cleveland avant-garage rock legends Pere Ubu, which is being put on as part of the Glasgow Film Festival. It’s based on Alfred Jarry’s play Ubu Roi, and involves live music, theatre, and film. According to the Film Festival programme, it is
an extraordinary concert event that involves connective dialog, electronic ambience, choreography, and animations by legendary film-makers The Brothers Quay. Not so much a case of Rock Music and Theatre coming together, it is more that the two find themselves engaged in a bloody fight to the death
It’s at the Classic Grand, and tickets are £14. If you can’t make it along – and unfortunately I won’t be able to – you can find a podcast of part of an earlier performance, plus lots of other information about the show, on the band’s web site.
But that’s not jazz. What is jazz is the performance by the Stewart Forbes – David Newton Quartet at the Recital Room on Sunday night. Saxophonist Forbes was active on the Scottish jazz scene in the eighties (and a pretty decent player), but in recent years has concentrated more on teaching. He’s one of the main forces behind the jazz section of Strathclyde University’s Applied Music course. David Newton was also active here before moving down to London, where he has established himself as one of the UK’s top mainstream pianists. He has recorded with, among others, Don Weller, Alan Barnes, Martin Taylor, and Buddy de Franco.
Newton’s web site says that on Saturday he’s playing with that other local saxophone stalwart, Bobby Wishart, at the Merrylee Road Bar on the Southside. It’s in Merrylee Road, just off Clarkston Road, about midway between Cathcart and Muirend railway stations. Unfortunately I can’t find any information about WHEN on Saturday he’s playing, or whether there’s an admission fee.
Brel’s Saturday afternoon gig is by the John Fleming Quartet – part of a tour he’s organised as part of his studies at Birmingham Conservatoire. I think he’s also on at the 78 on Tuesday night.