Scotland: GIOfest XIV 25-27.11.2021

Reconnections and New Directions
All events in person at the CCA and streamed online for free!
Address: CCA, 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3JD.

Dates: 25-27 November 2021
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Tickets and programme

Tickets and the programme are available from the CCA


On the opening night, GIO and the Gaelic arts organisation Ceòl ’s Craic will explore themes of migrant identities and nature. Singers Debbie Armour and Alasdair Whyte are featured guests. This collaboration will include new graphic scores by GIO bassist Una MacGlone, spoken word, song and soundscapes based on poems from Fo Bhlàth (Flourishing), a recent collection from Glasgow’s first poet laureate, Niall O’Gallagher.

Friday will feature a collaboration with the international improvisation collective The Noisebringers, who bringing noise in all possible and unimaginable areas, music, objects, art, games, performances, books, poetry, and more. The three members of the collective, Brice Catherin, Maria Sappho and Henry McPherson have decided that love is more important than music: love for life, friendship, creation, fables, mythology, speculative storytelling, transformation. They love, laugh, create, think inside out, together and they will do all this and more with GIO.

On Saturday Joëlle Léandre will return to work the ensemble after a gloriously euphoric encounter at the Glasgow Jazz Festival in 2019.

Also featured is a series of new films:

“Howard Riley - Cheerfully Beyond Category” by Cath Longbottom profiling Howard Riley “What Is Man and What Is Guitar? A Film About Keith Rowe” by Bob Burnett and Alan Jones . Keith Rowe left a beautiful and indelible mark on GIO when we spent 3 days collaborating with him early in our development in 2003 And a series of films from artist filmmaker Ross Birrell who has been recording, editing and remixing all of GIO online improvisation sessions.

Plus some new films to be shown online.

All concerts livestreamed.

The festival will also feature GIOdynamics, a public small group improvisation session run by Jer Reid. Also, GIObabies, a session for young improvisers run by Una MacGlone.

More info to follow shortly!


about GIO

About GIO

Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra is a large improvising ensemble of around 20 musicians from diverse artistic backgrounds ranging from free improvisation, jazz, classical, folk, pop and experimental musics to performance art.

Since its inaugural project in 2002 the Orchestra has established an international reputation and garnered critical acclaim for its innovative projects and its exploration of improvised music. A host of collaborations with world renowned improvisers and other ensembles have expanded the band’s artistic horizons and given rise to musical connections throughout the world.

Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra perform in venues around the UK and Europe and have established their own annual festival in Glasgow which provides a platform for improvising musicians and artists. Alongside their composing, recording and performing activities they are committed to an ongoing programme of education and outreach activities including workshops, lectures and master classes.

The website


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