Rock acts get ready for Lyon's Nuits-Sonores
SCOTLAND'S place in Europe may be the subject of much vexed debate in the referendum campaign, but Glasgow's place in Lyon is assured at the end of this month when the French city's music festival Nuits-Sonores had a special showcase of some raw Glasgow rock.
Supported by a posse of superstar DJs from the Dear Green Place, a crunchy line-up of Jacob Yates and the Pearly Gates Lock-Pickers, Halfrican, Ubre Blanca, Rosy Crucifixion, Amazing Snakeheads, Golden Teacher and others form part of dedicated section of this year's festival under the enigmatic title Carte Blanche a Glasgow Aperos Glasgow.
Acts playing elsewhere in the festival include Kraftwerk and Black Lips.
A clutch of the groups are playing Stereo in Glasgow's Renfield Lane this evening from 8pm at what is being more transparently termed a Glasgow Get Tae France night. Although it is designed to raise some wine-money for the musicians, admission is a bargain £5.
House quartet for jazz session
EDINBURGH'S weekly Playtime jazz sessions continue this evening with the house quartet of saxophonist Martin Kershaw, guitarist Graeme Stephen, bassist Mario Caribe and drummer Tom Bancroft playing new compositions in the loft at Outhouse in Broughton Street Lane. Future sessions see Scottish National Jazz Orchestra and NeWt trombonist Chris Greive joining Kershaw, Bancroft and Stephen on May 1 and keyboardist Paul Harrison premiering new work and creating adventurous new sounds with Kershaw, Bancroft and Caribe on May 8.
Indian concert fundraiser
INDIAN music promoters Tabla Alba are staging a fundraising concert in honour of Guruji BKS Iyengar, who has become the first yoga instructor to be awarded the Padma Vibhushan by the Indian government. The award is made to citizens who give exceptional distinguished service to the community and proceeds from the concert will go to the village of Bellur, where Iyengar, now aged in his nineties and one of the world's leading yoga instructors, has been working to eradicate poverty for decades. The concert features the respected sitarist Ramprapanna Bhatta Charya accompanied by Vikay Kangutkar on tablas and takes place at Edinburgh Iyengar Yoga Centre, Bruntsfield Place, on Sunday, May 4, at 5pm.