PULSE A classically scored premiere kicks off the Glasgow Short Film Festival

I n the city there are eight million stories. One of these is Pulse, a collaboration between filmmaker Ruth Paxton and Grammy-nominated composer Dobrinka Tabakova. The world premiere of this thirteen-minute impressionistic noir opens this year’s Glasgow Short Film Festival accompanied by a rendition of Tabakova’s gamelan-based score.


‘We started off talking about the idea of the city,’ says Paxton of a project which developed after the Royal Philharmonic Society, who had commissioned Paxton’s earlier film, Rockhaven, suggested the collaboration. ‘There was the idea too of this basic human need to connect, and we talked about someone sending a distress signal.’ Pulse eventually won the Royal Philharmonic a PRS (Performing Right 68 THE LIST 23 Jan–20 Feb 2014 68 THE LIST 23 Jan–20 Feb 2014


With Society) for Music Foundation commission. film’s Glasgow screening preceded by a selection of short works by Tabakova, music and image are as inseparable as they were in Paxton’s film, Nevada, which was shown at GSFF 2013 with a live score played by nouveau-folk trio, Lau.

‘The fact that Dobrinka and I developed it together will make it a richer thing to watch,’ says Paxton, ‘and hearing the music played live will definitely enrich the experience.’ (Neil Cooper) Pulse, The Arches, Glasgow, Thu 13 Feb. To see more highlights from the Short Film Festival, see page 86, and look out for more music events in the Glasgow Film Festival in the next issue.


Celtic Connections Glasgow’s annual folk, roots, indie, world and traditional

music festival returns. Highlights include Bill Callahan (pictured, above), Richard Dawson (see interview, page 69) Bobby Womack, (see preview, page 70) and the Hindustani Classical Music Ensemble. (See page 84). Various venues, Glasgow, until Sun 2 Feb.

Young Fathers + Law Edinburgh’s intelligent hip hoppers release their

first album proper. See album review, and Exposure, page 75. Stereo, Glasgow, Sat 1 Feb.

Anna Calvi The elegantly haughty singer /guitarist is just about breaking free of the PJ Harvey comparisons, and released a second album, One Breath last year. Go see her stately, operatic take on the Yeah Yeah Yeahs at this Glasgow date. See First & Last, page 104. The Arches, Glasgow, Wed 5 Feb.

Born to Be Wide The music biz gathering, Born To Be Wide celebrates its

tenth birthday with a special party. See page 77 to win tickets. Electric Circus, Edinburgh, Thu 6 Feb.

Poliça See photo preview, page 78. The Arches, Fri 7 Feb.

Cate Le Bon See preview, page 70. Broadcast, Glasgow, Wed 12 Feb

Glasgow Short Film Festival The music theme is strong in this year’s GSFF, with a curated evening of shorts and live music from Alex Neilson; musician talks chaired by The Wire’s Frances Morgan, and an Arthur Russell themed performance in a car park, see page 86 for some musical highlights. Various venues, Glasgow, Thu 13– Sun 16 Feb.