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One of the Scotland’s main events for anyone interested in improvised avant-garde music takes place this weekend: the Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra‘s GIO Festival.

Flyer for GIO Festival IVGIO Festival IV is being held at the CCA, mainly on Friday and Saturday, and the full programme can be found on the GIO blog.

On Friday 25th, performances start from 7.45pm, and the performers include Japanese pianist Sakoto Fujii, the Rope and Duck Company, Bill Wells and Portuguese electronic musician Miguel Carvalhais.

On Saturday 26th, things kick off at 3pm with a workshop performance led by AACM member Renee Baker, and go on to include a drum quartet, experimental films with live accompaniment, a series of duets, a collaboration between the GIO and a classical wind quintet, Texan percussionist Fritz Welch, and live remixing of a GIO performance by Norway’s Jan Bang.

There are also a series of workshops, for which advance booking is required: Creative Lab on Saturday morning, and on Sunday, an Improvisation for 3-5 year olds event at 10.30am and an Improvisation for String Educators workshop led by Renee Baker at 1.30pm.

Day tickets for Friday and Saturday cost £6, or you can get a two-day ticket for £10.

I hadn’t heard of Renee Baker before, but I rather like this: