IF you like your music to come from the leftfield then the debut Sonica festival, taking place in various Glasgow venues over the next ten days, may be just your cup of lapsang souchong.
The interplay between sound and visual art underpins the festival’s programme.
The show with the clearest link between the two is possibly today’s UK premiere of Palimpsest by Daniel Skoglund and Kathy Hinde at the Tramway. A live performance, it involves the artists tracing patterns on the floor. The sound of this drawing is manipulated and fed back to influence the drawing. This feedback cycle results in layers of sound, light and lines which interact with one another. Apparently, the drawings become ever mutating musical scores.
If that sounds a little too taxing to count as entertainment then the Idiot Bastard Band, playing Edinburgh’s HMV tonight and Glasgow’s Old Fruitmarket tomorrow, will require fewer brain cells. Calling them a comic supergroup would be to overplay it but the band consists of Ade Edmondson, Phill Jupitus, Neil Innes and Rowland Rivron. Comic songs are promised and larking about seems likely.
More subtlety can be had at the King’s in Edinburgh where a new adaptation of The Ladykillers ends its run this evening. Graham Linehan, writer of Father Ted, has adapted the Ealing comedy to great acclaim and it has enjoyed a very successful run in the West End. Will Mrs Wilberforce and her parrot thwart the dastardly Professor Marcus and his gang of villains? Audiences in Aberdeen and then Glasgow will be the next to find out.
Moving on from sweet but lethal little old ladies to misbehaving monks, The Royal Scottish National Orchestra with the RSNO Chorus will be tackling Orff’s Carmina Burana this evening at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. The 12th-century bawdy verses were written by clerical students satirising the church. I like to imagine they would be tickled to know that their work was used in an Old Spice ad.