If you’ve nothing planned for the weekend, here are some gigs for you to consider adding to your diary. Of course, if you’re truly hip, your plans for the weekend will include some of these already.
Bridge Music’s series of Thursday night concerts continues with the Euan Burton / Tom Gibb Quartet, which also includes Phil Bancroft on tenor and Chris Wallace on drums. A steal at £5 (£4 concessions). Glasgow Art Club, Bath Street, 8.15pm.
Thursday 14th to Sunday 17th
Le Weekend. Last ever outing for Stirling’s festival of avant-garde music from all genres. Of particular interest for jazzers are the appearances by John Butcher with Gerry Hemingway, Marilyn Crispell with Raymond Macdonald, Mats Gustafsson, Paal Nilssen-Love and Bill Wells. Other events include a performance by Krautrock legends Faust, and a mini-festival of compositions by Alvin Lucier. Keith Bruce looks back at the history of the festival in the Herald, and you can get full details of what’s on when via the Le Weekend web site. To my burning shame I’ve never been.
A choice of events. The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra with special guest Arild Andersen are performing a set of music from the ECM label at the RSAMD. The set will include music by Kenny Wheeler, Keith Jarrett, Pat Metheny and Jan Garbarek. Tickets are £16.50 and it starts at 7.30pm.
At 8pm, in the Ramshorn Theatre, there’s an evening of fusion music with all proceeds going to the Paul O’Gorman Leukaemia Research Centre at Glasgow University. I’ve not been able to find out much about who’s going to be playing, but it seems like a good cause.
Bassist player Brodie Jarvie and sax player Matthew Herd have a duo gig in the Rio Cafe in the West End at 9pm. Admission free. Earlier in the day, the Dias Quartet are the afternoon’s band at Brel.
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th
Minimal. Resisting the temptation to leave it at that single word, I’d better say that this is a series of concerts of minimalist music from its origins in the early 60s to the present day, which are being held in the City Halls, Old Fruitmarket and Royal Concert Hall. Compositions by Steve Reich, John Adams, Philip Glass, Brian Eno and more.
Arild Andersen makes his second appearance of the weekend at 6.30pm, this time taking part in one of the RSAMD’s “Blue Monday” concerts alongside young musicians from the RSAMD’s jazz course. At £3 (£2 concessions), this is a ridiculously cheap opportunity to hear one of the world’s great bass players live. Earlier in the day he’ll be giving a masterclass to some of the students, which I believe is also open to the public.
See you at some of these.