INSTAL 08

15–17 Feb 2008
The Arches, Glasgow

A 3-day festival of experimental music, sound and performance; a series of events that each explore different aspects of music that doesn't quite fit any given category.

Nearly 50 of the most original, essential and legendary musicians (folk, free jazz, noise or improvisation) of the last 50 years, as well as visual artists, conceptual poets and radical thinkers. We asked them what it is that really inspires them, what’s right at the core of what they do. We’ve gone about turning those key impulses to create into one-off happenings, readings, performances and a couple of guerrilla distractions about town.

 

Brave New Music

INSTAL: a cast of pioneering, provocative spirits (musicians, artists, writers, poets and bon viveurs), who exist outside the mainstream, between borders or definitions and for one weekend only, also in Glasgow. INSTAL is your chance to experience some of the most exciting experimental artists in Scotland and the world presenting a bunch of never to be repeated events quite unlike anything else you’ll see or hear in 2008.

 

We’ve hooked up with nearly 50 of the most original, essential and legendary musicians (folk, free jazz, noise or improvisation) of the last 50 years, as well as visual artists, conceptual poets and radical thinkers and asked them what it is that really inspires them, what’s right at the core of what they do? And then we’ve gone about turning those ideas, those key impulses to create, from some of the most creative people in music, into one-off happenings, readings, performances and a couple of guerrilla distractions about town. We reckon that there’s a whole bunch of you out there that share our affinity for things that don't quite fit into any given category, that take creative chances or don’t conform.

 

INSTAL tries to let you see some of those things, and to provide flashbulb moments for everyone that comes; moments of fascination and excitement, confusion and inspiration. So if you think it might be interesting to find out what it sounds like to press white hot metal into dry ice, to treat punctuation as percussion or to see some of the most exhilarating live performers in music knackered and on their knees after a 3-hour high-energy-marathon, then INSTAL’s for you.

 

 

 

 

Credits

Supported by Scottish Arts Council Lottery Funded, Glasgow City Council, Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, Scottish Arts Council, PRS Foundation, The Great British Sasakawa Foundation, The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, The Wire, London Musicians Collective, Resonance 104.4FM, Glasgow School of Art, AnCnoc.

Thanks to Ali Robertson, Chiz & Mark at Qujunktions, David Keenan, Craig Douglas Dworkin, Benedict Drew, David and Naomi of Beaconsfield Arts, Dr Paul Lickiss of Imperial College, Klaus Jung & Tara Beall of Glasgow School of Art, Francis McKee of The CCA, Colin Richardson-Webb at NRLA, Clare Laidlaw at Glasgow University, Maureen & all the staff at Greater Easterhouse Supporting Hands, Dave Driesman at K-Raak and Nigel Peake. This festival is dedicated to our friend Henri Chopin, who died on the 3rd of January 2008.  Henri’s life, his own work and his tireless support of others served as an inspiration to us all. Please, read his writing, listen to his recordings, watch his films. He’ll be sorely missed.