A TRIO of local musicians will perform their own versions of hits by Bjork as part of the Glasgow Film Festival’s music strand. The Glasgow Percussion Collective will play from 34 Scores For Piano, Organ, Harpsichord and Celeste, a career-spanning scorebook the Icelandic icon published in 2017 in tribute to how music was primarily shared through scores before the radio age.

The collective features double bassist Emma Smith, vocal artist Rachel Lightbody and Steve Forman, a lecturer at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and a performer on soundtracks for movies including Saturday Night Fever, E.T. and Starship Troopers.

Though the scores by Bjork (right) were written for keyboard instruments, the trio will showcase the adaptability of her compositions for other instruments as well as their own versatility and range.

Glasgow Percussion Collective Plays Bjork was announced yesterday as part of the full programme for the 16th Glasgow Film Festival (GFF), which this year sets its country focus on Iceland.

Performances by Bjork feature alongside Sigur Ros and Johann Johannsson in screenings of Screaming Masterpiece, Ari Alexander Ergis Magnusson’s 2005 documentary portrait of the country’s fertile modern music scene.

Other highlights of GFF’s popular Sound and Music strand include James Erskine’s Billie, a documentary telling the story of Billie Holiday through the eyes of Linda Lipnack Kuehl, a journalist who collected more than 200 hours of interviews with the likes of Tony Bennett, Count Basie and the jazz great’s step-parents during the 1970s. Though Kuehl intended her interviews to form a definitive portrait of Holiday, she died mysteriously in 1978.

Nor will jazz fans want to miss performances by Louis Armstrong, Dinah Washington, Mahalia Jackson and Thelonious Monk in a screening of Jazz On A Summer’s Day, Aram Avakian and Bert Stern’s film shot during the Newport Jazz Festival of 1958.

A live event at local jazz club The Blue Arrow follows that evening.

Struggling musicians are the theme of dramas from Portugese director Joao Nicolau, whose unusual musical comedy Technoboss is centred on a singing, 60-something travelling salesman, while Josh David Jordan’s This World Won’t Break has earned comparisons with A Star Is Born for its depiction of a downtrodden Texan troubadour.

Further music docs to catch include Gay Chorus Deep South, David Charles Rodrigues’s tale of the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus tour of the deep south in response to Trump-era intolerance, and The Changin’ Times Of Ike White, Daniel Vernon’s attempt to crack the mystery of a man who recorded a classic album in 1974 while in prison for murder. Just as White was released on parole and his Changin’ Times LP was propelling him to stardom, he vanished. Vernon managed to track the musician down in 2014 and his film is an attempt to find the real Ike White.

Live music from indie-pop band Summer Camp will accompany Romantic Comedy, Elizabeth Sankey’s film essay on the genre, while The Blue Arrow hosts a club night after a screening of I Want My MTV, Tyler Measom and Patrick Waldrop’s portrait of four decades of the influential TV network.

The venue will host another GFF afterparty event in conjunction with Love Music, Hate Racism after a Cineworld screening of White Riot, Rubika Shah’s debut film documenting the grassroots movement Rock Against Racism, including their massive concert in Hackney in 1978 featuring The Clash, Steel Pulse, Tom Robinson Band and X-Ray Spex.

Glasgow Film Festival, February 26 to March 8. www.glasgowfilm.org/glasgow-film-festival