Glasgow’s Sonica Makes it Ten in 2022

Annabelle Playe’s 'Ad Astra II' is a semi-improvised series of unnerving and electrifying musical performances inspired by vast cosmic events. (18 March, Tramway). Image Quentin Chevrier.
Annabelle Playe’s 'Ad Astra II' is a semi-improvised series of unnerving and electrifying musical performances inspired by vast cosmic events (18th March, Tramway). Image Quentin Chevrier.


From: 10 Mar 2022

To: 22 Mar 2022

Glasgow & the Clyde Valley

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One of the world’s largest celebrations of visual sonic art, Glasgow’s biennial Sonica Festival has announced the full programme for its tenth anniversary edition, which will take place across the city and beyond on the 10th – 20th March this year. First launched at Tramway in 2021, the groundbreaking international programme will comprise 200 events by over 85 artists from ten countries, with a focus this year on contemporary French artists such as Maotik, Annabelle Playe (pictured), Collectif Coin, Guillaume Cousin and Virgile Abela, as well as international artists and performers from Australia, Spain, Canada, Myanmar, Switzerland, alongside the best in established and emerging Scottish talent.

Highlights include composer/musician Alex Smoke live in Paisley Abbey, composer Gavin Bryars conducting the RSNO with live visuals from Alba G Corral, Roly Porter and MFO collaborating with celebrated Gaelic singer Anne Martin, Argentina’s Jorge Crow exploring the legacy of the cassette tape in Kinemancia, a live-played video game through doomed digital environs in InLAND, a double-bill from Ela Orleans and British-Rwandan sound artist Auclair, an interactive experiment in taste and sound in Unusual Ingredients and Maotik’s Erratic Weather – turning live weather data into an onstage hurricane with cello accompaniment.

Free installations include Sing the Gloaming, a series of sound sculptures in the beautiful Hidden Gardens, featuring some of Scotland’s most renowned vocalists, an invitation to explore an interactive digital garden in Maotik’s Bloom, Kathy Hinde’s re-imaging of Antoine Brumel’s ‘Earthquake’ Mass as a hymn to modern seismic shifts, Mellon Charles’s January King – a meditation of Scotland’s history and its possible destiny – and Quebecois artist LP Rondeau inviting audiences to turn themselves into light and sound or an endless funhouse of collages in Lux æterna and Liminal.

Additionally, Sonica’s Next Gen will showcase the best young audio-visual artists under 25.

All installations are free and non-ticketed, and performances, workshops and talks are ticketed 

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