Presented by Platform and Goethe Institut. Part of the Glasgow International Jazz Festival.

From Russia with Jazz

23 Jun 2018
All ages
£5 / £3.50 (concession / Local Links) Mono Bus available Local Links

From Russia with Jazz, a truly unique event celebrating jazz and football kicks off at Platform in Easterhouse on 23rd June, 2018 at 7pm.

Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra (GIO), in partnership with Goethe-Institut will be performing live music during the preliminary round of this year’s FIFA World Cup in Russia. GIO musicians will be teaming up with some of Germany’s most accomplished improvising musicians and performing live on live – during the real time broadcast of the Germany-vs Sweden match.

GIO and the German Jazz Musicians will form two bands. One band will ‘play’ Germany, the other band will ‘play’ Sweden. The DJ will take on the role of the referee. As the match is screened onstage, the bands will improvise to the action as it unfolds on the pitch. The DJ directs, interacting with his own sound bites and mixing in the original Russian commentary.

The musicians are currently in training, studying the patterns of a football match. They will establish musical patterns to mirror the action on the pitch thus creating a music-enhanced experience transcending the pure joy of a good football match.

Previous events have taken place in Johannesburg in 2006 and in Sao Paulo and Santiago de Chile in 2014.

From Russia with Jazz at Platform is a UK premiere.

GIOsessions 2018


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Sweden (Scottish musicians)

Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra (GIO) aka saxophonist Raymond MacDonald, Una MacGlone, Maria Donohue, Sam Beagles and Mike Parr-Burman.

Germany (German musicians)

Double bass player Alois Kott, the fabulous wunderkind drummer Christian Lillinger along with DJ IllVibe (Vincent von Schlippenbach)


Platform will run a return bus from Monorail to Platform, leaving at 18.15 and returning after the match. Return tickets are £5 and can be bought from Monorail or reserved by emailing info@platform-online.co.uk


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