Born in Bellshill, Lanarkshire, Michael Spencer studied composition with Graham Hair at the University of Glasgow where he received an MA in Music and Scottish Literature. Between 1997 and 2002, he completed a MusM and PhD in Composition with Geoff Poole at Manchester University. Since 1998 he has worked privately with James Dillon, on whose work he has published two articles. In 2003, he received a stipend to attend the International Summer Course for Composers at Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, where he worked with Chaya Czernowin, Steve Takasugi and Richard Barrett. He has given talks and seminars on his own music and other aspects of new music in France and the USA as well as around the UK.

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May
25
Fri
Craig Armstrong Live @ Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow
May 25 @ 7:00 pm

These shows are a rare treat for fans to experience some of Craig’s most well known compositions from his solo albums, film works alongside a performance of new works. Craig will be accompanied by an ensemble of players.

Jun
4
Mon
Craig Armstrong: Live in Concert @ Union Chapel, London
Jun 4 @ 7:00 pm

These shows are a rare treat for fans to experience some of Craig’s most well known compositions from his solo albums, film works alongside a performance of new works. Craig will be accompanied by an ensemble of players.

Jun
13
Wed
Rory Boyle: Touch (for solo flute) @ The Flying Duck, Glasgow
Jun 13 @ 7:30 pm

Hannah Foster – Flute

Jun
16
Sat
Eddie McGuire’s 70th birthday concert @ St Silas Church, Glasgow
Jun 16 @ 7:30 pm

A concert to celebrate the 70th birthday of Eddie McGuire.

Featured on the programme are:

Scott Dickinson, Principal Viola of the BBC SSO, performing Eddie McGuire’s Viola Concerto

A performance from guitarist Philip Thorne

A flute trio from members of the orchestra of Scottish Opera

A performance by the Harmony Ensemble

Jun
20
Wed
Glasgow International Jazz Festival: John Etheridge @ Recital Room, City Halls, Glasgow
Jun 20 @ 7:15 pm

A fortuitous meeting in North London brought together legendary guitar veteran John Etheridge and extravagantly talented singer Vimala Rowe, who have developed a highly personal repertoire from an eclectic mix of musics – original and traditional. Both performers have a protean range of influences. Etheridge has over the years worked in contexts from Classical, Jazz to Progressive Rock, whereas Rowe’s span seems almost instinctive – effortlessly absorbing and blending the worlds of all the great soul and jazz singers into a personal mix including Indian Classical, African Folk and Syriac Aramaic.

One of the defining features of the duo’s work is the commitment and passion of their delivery. Rowe is a fiery performer by any standards- yet the paring down to just two produces intimacy and drama alike. Explosive but chambered. The big effect and the delicate gesture. The pieces are carefully chosen to surprise, but above all to take the listener on an emotional journey through joy and pain, sombre or swinging. There’s dark and light. A real musical journey.

A unique pairing that satisfies on so many levels, their album ‘Out of the Sky’ was elected in the Top Ten critic’s choice of album of the year 2016 in both the Guardian and the Sunday Times the track ‘Detour Ahead’ in the Top Five in the Guardian.

7:15 pm doors, 7:30 pm show time

Over 14s, under 16s accompanied by an adult over 18

Festival website: www.jazzfest.co.uk

Glasgow International Jazz Festival: Rose Room Orchestra Fantastique @ St Lukes, Glasgow
Jun 20 @ 7:15 pm

Scotland’s leading ‘Hot Club’ swing band joins forces with top Scottish saxophonist, Scottish Jazz Awards 2017 ‘Best Instrumentalist’, Konrad Wiszniewski and the award-winning Capella String Quartet to celebrate the vintage sound of the 1930s.

Led by virtuoso violinist, and Scottish Jazz Awards 2017 ‘Best Vocalist’, Seonaid Aitken, Glasgow-based Rose Room also features Scotland’s No.1 guitar maker Jimmy Moon on double bass with Danny Kyle Award-winning Swing Guitars’ Tam Gallagher and Tom Watson on rhythm and solo guitars respectively.

With the help of Wiszniewski’s “ravishingly beautiful tone” and the “gorgeous romantic accompaniment” of the Capella String Quartet, the result is a classy interpretation of Rose Room’s gypsy jazz repertoire fit for a 1930s dance hall.

7:15 pm doors, 7:30 pm show time

Over 14s, under 16s accompanied by an adult over 18

Artist website: http://roseroom.co.uk

Festival website: www.jazzfest.co.uk

Glasgow International Jazz Festival: Alabaster Deplume @ The Hug and Pint, Glasgow
Jun 20 @ 7:30 pm

Alabaster dePlume (Lost Map Records) + Art of Falling

Following 12 monthly development residency concerts and 3 viral video clips, this ruthlessly creative approach to experimental pop music delivers eastern-influenced anthems, under spoken elements that attempt to challenge and address divisive rhetoric recently prevalent in society. Ahead of an LP release on Lost Map produced by Danalogue (Comet is Coming) and Kristian Capitol K in early 2018, the show described in the Guardian as “a reminder of how vital and adventurous music can be” enjoys an emphasis on candid interaction, humility and warmth. Based in underground East London’s Total Refreshment Centre, saxophonist and spoken word artist Alabaster creates a new band each month in his development residency Peach. PRSF has funded his forthcoming 4th LP The Corner of a Sphere, following recent performances for BBC Radio 3, National Theatre and clubs festivals and theatres around UK. “Totally unique… Very, very brilliant indeed” – Max Reinhardt, BBC Radio 3

“One of the most thrilling performances I’ve seen this year; a reminder of how vital and adventurous music can be” – Laura Barton, The Guardian

“…Majesty” – Q Magazine

“Takes the biscuit” – DJ Magazine

“a torrent of words and ideas that never fail to inspire” – CLASH Music

“One of my definite favourite saxophone players from this country” – Shabaka Hutchings

“Frankly @a_deplume is outrageously talented and puts the rest of us to shame, this is just sublime, one of my favourite poets by a country mile” – WordLife Sheffield

Glasgow International Jazz Festival: Bitches Brew @ Blue Arrow, Glasgow
Jun 20 @ 7:30 pm

KIKAZARU + MANU VAN KERSBERGEN

Kikazaru brings you thirty minutes of exploration, using free improvisation to move through original and found music, which could be jazz standards, old Senegalese folk tunes, ragas from Lucy’s time in Delhi or John Carpenter-style film music. Combining the cerebral with the physical, the intense with the sublime, the raw with the ridiculous, Kikazaru will fry their brains to blow your minds.
Emma Smith (double bass), Graeme Stephen (guitar+loops), River of Slime (Sampler+loops), Davide L Rinaldi (drums) and Lucy Forde (flute)
www.emmasmithbass.com/kikazaru

Manu van Kersbergen (Amsterdam, Holland) broke through as a word artist with his album DE VLOEK op de OVERLOED. With his roots in rhythm and poetry, he developed a great love for telling and transferring a story, in the broadest sense of the word.
“We are more than the matter that surrounds us.
And that is not a mystery, but a principal that shapes us.”
www.manu-script.com

UNA MCGLONE + JIM MCEWEN

Una MacGlone’s career has multiple strands. As a double-bassist in a variety of musical areas, she has collaborated with pop and jazz musicians such as David Byrne, Rab Noakes and Keith Tippett among others, and is also a regular addition to the bass sections of Scottish Opera, BBC SSO and RSNO. As an improvising musician, she is a founder member of Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra (GIO) and works on various projects with international improvisers such as Renee Baker (Chicago, AACM) and Maggie Nicols (London F.I.G). Una is also a member of the inclusive contemporary music group Sonic Bothy, who recently won the Paritor Education award for New Music – which was part of the 2015 National Music Council Education awards, and experimental/improv/noise project Vincent alongside Tom Bancroft, Satoko Fuji and Graeme Stephen. Performing at Bitches Brew with pianist Jim McEwan, the duo work with sympathetic vibrations between their instruments and performance spaces. They prepare their instruments with metal, wood and found objects to make odd musical loops. They are drawn to emotional tunes and harmonies.

PEFKIN

Pefkin is the alter ego of Gayle Brogan, one half of Glaswegian vintage synth duo Electroscope and ex-proprietor of the Boa Melody Bar mail order. She has been recording as Pefkin since 1999 and released albums on Morc, Wild Silence, Reverb Worship, Pseudoarcana, etc. More recently she has been recording with the Kitchen Cynics’ Alan Davidson under the name Barrett’s Dottled Beauty, creating psych-folk hymnals inspired by a mutual love of folk songs and nature, and has been recording with United Bible Studies. On her own Gayle creates a dreamy rural psychedelia from looped vocals, zither / lyre, analogue synth and violin and has received comparisons to Coil, Popul Vuh and Nico. She has recently released a new album “Final Instar” inspired by moths on Siren Wire, an 8″ lathe cut on Sonido Polifonico and is working on several collaborative projects currently.
www.pefkin.bandcamp.com

AILIE ROBERTSON

Ailie Robertson from Edinburgh is widely regarded as one of Scotland’s leading young traditional musicians. A five-time National Mod Gold Medalist and a BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year finalist, Ailie also won first prize at the inaugural London Harp Competition, was judged best overall musician at the Edinburgh Competition Festival and won the St Albans New Roots award. Her debut solo album ‘First things first’ won the ‘Live Ireland’ award for ‘Best Instrumental Cut of the Year’. She has performed and taught all over the world, released 3 solo CDs and published 7 volumes of harp sheet music. “Innovative, assured and beautiful…her harp exerts an undeniable and inexorable tug at the heart strings” – Scotland on Sunday
www.ailierobertson.com

7:30 pm doors, 8:00 pm show time

Over 18s only

Festival website: www.jazzfest.co.uk

Glasgow International Jazz Festival: Mr Jukes @ Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow
Jun 20 @ 7:30 pm

Glasgow Jazz Festival Presents: Mr Jukes plus support from Rebecca Vasmant (DJ set).

Mr Jukes is the new project from Jack Steadman (Bombay Bicycle Club). New album God First sees Steadman take on the roles of artist, composer, producer and sample-hound. Colloborators like BJ The Chicago Kid, Lalah Hathaway, De La Soul and Lianne La Havas contribute powerful vocals over Mr Jukes tantalising mix of jazz, soul and R&B. Featuring samples from sources as diverse as Argentinian jazz great Jorge Lopez Ruiz and famed Italian composer Alessandro Alessandroni as well as Mr Jukes’s own musical contributions, Steadman’s once again succeeded in reinventing himself.

7:30 pm doors, 8:00 pm show time
Over 14s, under 16s accompanied by an adult over 18
Artist website: www.jukesjukes.com

Jun
21
Thu
Glasgow International Jazz Festival: Ian Shaw @ The Blue Arrow, Glasgow
Jun 21 @ 7:00 pm

Nominated for Male Jazz Vocalist of the Year in the prestigious US Downbeat 82nd Annual Readers’ Poll 2017, “Best Jazz Vocalist” at the BBC Jazz Awards in 2007 and 2004, and the Jazz FM awards in 2013, Ian Shaw has recorded a number of highly acclaimed internationally released albums and is a popular performer both in the UK and the US. He has been cited, along with Mark Murphy and Kurt Elling, as one of the world’s finest male jazz vocalists. In 2015 Ian signed to Harmonia Mundi’s Jazz Village label and recorded his first album, the best-selling The Theory Of Joy for them, released in 2016 to great acclaim. Ian toured the album in Canada, the Far East, Australia and Europe in club dates and at festivals.

Shine Sister Shine (just released on double vinyl) is Shaw’s current studio album and is a celebration of the actions and art of extraordinary women – “an album crammed with sharp pain, deeply felt, then countered with soaring, resonant hope” (Stella Duffy).

Moved by recent world events – the election of a cartoon president whose life is more suited to the high-end romps of a glossy pin-up mag hero – and the subsequent rallying of millions of women, Shaw has penned new songs reflecting two years’ working alongside refugees (‘Keep Walking’ is a hymn to the resilience of an Eritrean mother, whose life was shredded by civil war and a world that looks the other way. ‘Carry On World’ stars Shaw’s sisters – all five million of them).

Shaw is known as one of the jazz world’s supreme interpreters of the popular song form – here showcasing dazzling new arrangements of works by Peggy Lee, Phoebe Snow, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon, as well as friends and collaborators closer to home – Sarah Jane Morris, the genre-defying Gwyneth Herbert, Judith Owen Julie Matthews – and a stunning co-write with UK pop legend, Tanita Tikaram, on the title track.

7:00 pm doors, 7:30 pm show time

Over 18s only

Festival website: www.jazzfest.co.uk