Glasgow’s Concert Halls launch a three year celebration of minimalist music this October with Minimal: a weekend-long festival of minimalist music, film and conversation.
The event featuresIcebreaker, David McAlmont, Michael Nyman Band, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and Smith Quartet from Fri 15th – Sun 17th October, at Glasgow’s Concert Halls

Michael Nyman will perform selections from his film music catalogue (e.g. The Piano and Gattace with Peter Greenaway) as well as material from his recent collaboration with singer David McAlmont, The Glare.

The Icebreaker ensemble join with pedal steel guitarist BJ Cole in a performance of Brian Eno’s Apollo, and also featured is the Scottish premiere of Icarus at the Edge of Time – a brand new work by Philip Glass, with world-renowned physicist and writer Brian Greene and video artists AL and AL. This work will be performed twice over the weekend, once as a family concert experience introducing children to the wonders of science and music complete with an interactive science park in collaboration with Glasgow Science Centre, then again alongside Steve Reich’s Counterpoints, which will feature live visuals created by Glasgow-based of audio/visual collective Pointless Creations.
Glasgow’s Concert Halls recommences its minimalist theme in February 2011 with Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians.

Meanwhile, the minimal theme continues in Aberdeen at that city’s Sound Festival – on Thursday 21 October, Smith Quartet perform String Quartet No 1 Between the National and the Bristol: Gavin Bryars; and String Quartet no.2: Michael Nyman. And on the Saturday (23 October) there’s an afternoon performance (1-1.45pm) at Aberdeen Art Gallery – Smith Quartet play String Quartet No 3; Michael Nyman: Servant; plus Graham Fitkin: Good Medicine; and Terry Riley.