Eastern Promise at Platform
Easterhouse-based arts centre Platform has built itself an enviable reputation as having one of the most adventurous music programmes of any Scottish venue, celebrated annually with its Eastern Promise festival. The festival returns this weekend, and this year’s edition adds art and performance to the mix, for the broadest programme they’ve presented yet.
Friday night is headlined by The Pictish Trail, the alter ego of Johnny Flynn, who has reinvigorated Scottish folk forms for the 21st century both as head of the Fence Collective and in his own music. Portland-based ambient musicians Visible Cloaks will be performing their latest album Reassemblage live, inspired by the aesthetic of Vietnamese artist Trin T.Minh-Ha’s seminal post-colonial film of the same name. This means that while their music is global in outlook, freely playing with aspects of ‘world music’, the effect is always unpredictable, refusing to impose anything as uncool as a ‘meaning’ on it.
Friday also sees theatre in the form of Make A Hoo, a piece by Sita Pieraccini which fuses field recordings and shadowplay to tell the story of a Sri Lankan factory worler’s encounters with a mythical beast in the forest.
Make a Hoo
Saturday sees headliners The Sexual Objects bring their usual riotous take on rock music to Platform. Singer-songwriter Davy Henderson is the cult musicians’ cult musician, having fronted bands from the Fire Engines to Nectarine No 9 before his latest musical adventure, who infamously released their last album Marshmallow in a limited edition vinyl run of one copy, to the highest bidder.
One particular highlight is sure to be R.M. Hubbert’s new live score for classic Soviet silent film Dura Lex (By the Law). Hubby is simply one of the finest guitarists Scotland has produced, and he should rise to the occasion of scoring this Soviet Eastern (as it were), based on Jack London’s story of rivalry amongst gold prospectors. This will no doubt be turned into an attack on capitalism by its director, influential film theorist Lev Kuleshov.
By the Law
Art is represented on both days of the festival by Pauline and the Matches, who are exploring the cautionary children’s tales of Heinrich Hoffmann, whose Struwwelpeter has been terrifying children for cneturies. All through the festival, and until Nov 19, you can see Paint It Red, a photographic exhibition by Colin James Tennant documenting Easterhouse and its people, stressing, as always Platform’s strong links to the local community.
Eastern Promise at Platform 6 -7 October