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WE ARE BACK – EFTERKLANG & THE HAPPY HOPELESS ORCHESTRA

June 13, 2016 by Rasmus

Very happy to announce a new release and tour!

EFTERKLANG / FUNDAL
~ LEAVES – the colour of falling 
performed by EFTERKLANG & THE HAPPY HOPELESS ORCHESTRA

ALBUM RELEASE on November 4th 2016 on Tambourhinoceros.
Available as double-vinyl, CD and digital – pre-order now.

TOUR DATES 2017 :
Feb 22 – Copenhagen, Store Vega, Denmark – tickets
Feb 23 – Uppsala, Uppsala Konsert & Kongress, Sweden – info & tickets
Mar 02 – Eindhoven, Muziekgebouw Eindhoven / Cross Linx – The Netherlands - info & tickets
Mar 03 – Groningen, De Oosterpoort / Cross Linx – The Netherlands – info & tickets
Mar 04 – Rotterdam, De Doelen / Cross Linx – The Netherlands - info & tickets
Mar 05 – Amsterdam, Muziekgebouw / Cross Linx – The Netherlands - info & tickets
Mar 09 – London, Barbican – England – info & tickets
Mar 10 – Brussels, Ancienne Belgique – Belgium – info & tickets

Listen to opening track ‘Cities of Glass’: 

Here is the official announcement:

EFTERKLANG ARE BACK
‘Leaves – The Colour of Falling’ out Nov 4th

Following 16 sold-out shows of their explorative opera ‘Leaves – The Colour of Falling’ back in the summer of 2015, Efterklang are back with the opera’s official release; a genre-breaking collection of tracks composed in collaboration with the award winning composer Karsten Fundal, released November 4th on Tambourhinoceros.

‘Leaves – The Colour of Falling’ is Efterklang’s first release since they declared they were taking a break to reflect on their artistic practice and redefine their expression back in 2014.

Ahead of the release the band are streaming opening track ‘Cities of Glass’. Starting off lightly in a tonal and rhythmical language resembling the likes of Phillip Glass and Steve Reich, the track grows into an intense and dark expression. Featuring the album’s five different vocalists and array of vocal expressions, the track gives a taste of the work as a whole. Stream ‘Cities of Glass’ here: https://soundcloud.com/efterklang/cities-of-glass/s-RyaLc

Alongside the release Efterklang will be performing ‘Leaves – The Colour of Falling’ (in a concert version) with The Happy Hopeless Orchestra at selected European dates through February and March 2017:

Feb 22 – Copenhagen, Store Vega, Denmark
Feb 23 – Uppsala, Uppsala Konsert & Kongress, Sweden
Mar 02 – Eindhoven, Muziekgebouw Eindhoven / Cross Linx – Holland
Mar 03 – Groningen, De Oosterpoort / Cross Linx – Holland
Mar 04 – Rotterdam, De Doelen / Cross Linx – Holland
Mar 05 – Amsterdam, Muziekgebouw / Cross Linx – Holland
Mar 09 – London, Barbican – England
Mar 10 – Brussels, Ancienne Belgique – Belgium

Efterklang have carved a path as one of the most successful and progressive Danish bands, constantly trying to evolve through every record and seeking new grounds with their music. They have played in the Sydney Opera House, made films with Vincent Moon, created a sound installation in the famous restaurant Noma and performed the opera ‘Leaves – The Colour of Falling’ as part of the Copenhagen Opera Festival.

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In the summer of 2015 ‘Leaves – The Colour of Falling’ was performed at 16 sold out nights in the 1000 m2 nuclear basement of the former Copenhagen Municipal Hospital. The opera was commissioned by Copenhagen Opera Festival who produced it in collaboration with the local theatre Sort/Hvid. The scenography was made by Marie Rosendahl Chemnitz and it was staged by Christian Lollike. The result was 16 horrifying, fascinating and mysterious evenings received by an enthusiastic audience and with great reviews to follow. The set-up in the basement can never be remade, but the opera will be granted new life with this release and the coming concerts with Efterklang & The Happy Hopeless Orchestra.

The lyrics for ‘Leaves – The Colour of Falling’ are written by the poet Ursula Andkjær Olsen and transformed into a musical piece by Efterklang and Karsten Fundal. Together they have experimented with musical tradition from both the rhythmical and classical world. This release shows you a way into the exciting world of opera as well as challenging the genre and the discography of Efterklang and Fundal.

The 10 tracks of the release span around 1 hour, and do not follow the traditional linear configuration of an opera. Karsten Fundal explains his thoughts on Leaves:

“We wanted to break down the conventions of the opera as a genre. The result is a song cycle about a cult located beneath the ground while the earth might be experiencing its downfall above ground. It’s about loss – loss of identity, loss of love and loss of life itself. We wanted to create an opera for the mood you’re put in when you on a beautiful autumn day see how a brown leaf falls from a tree in the garden – the beautiful swaying fall signifying that everything will perish.”

‘Leaves – The Colour of Falling’ features appearances from the legendary danish opera star Lisbeth Balslev, the countertenor Morten Grove Frandsen (one of Denmark’s most promising opera talents), Nicolai Elsberg (known for his formidable bass), and Katinka Fogh Vindelev (who has been touring with Efterklang for many years).

‘Leaves – The Colour of Falling’ was recorded by Francesco Donadello and Michael Bojesen was the conductor during the recordings.

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Efterklang 2.0
In 2015 Efterklang announced they had started a new band Liima, and this year they released the album ‘ii’. Liima will continue touring and making music alongside Efterklang releasing music and playing concerts. Efterklang works as one creative output for Rasmus Stolberg, Casper Clausen and Mads Brauer and Liima works as another. Efterklang is also the main force behind the online radio station The Lake (www.thelakeradio.com) which in short time has made a decisive impact on the alternative radio landscape and created the By The Lake Festival in Berlin.

The Tour
When Efterklang and The Happy Hopeless Orchestra in the beginning of next year take Leaves - The Colour of Falling on tour it will be with the same line-up as during the original performance in the nuclear basement.

Efterklang and The Happy Hopeless Orchestra are:

Vocalists:
Lisbeth Balslev (soprano)
Morten Grove Frandsen (countertenor)
Katinka Fogh Vindelev (soprano)
Nicolai Elsberg (bass)
Casper Clausen (Efterklang)

Musicians:
Mads Brauer (electronics, Efterklang)
Rasmus Stolberg (bass, Efterklang)
Bjarke Mogensen (accordion)
Jenny Lüning (bratsch)
Josefine Weber (bratsch)
Marie Louise Lind (cello)
Josefine Opsahl (cello)
Ying-Hsueh Chen (percussion)
Sara Nigard Rosendal (percussion)
Michael Min Knudsen (harmonium, celeste)

Tracklisting:
1 Cities of Glass
2 Imagery Of Perfection
3 Spider’s Web
4 The Colour not of Love
5 Leaves
6 Stillborn
7 Abyss
8 No Longer Me
9 Eye Of Growth
10 Wind

Efterklang & The Happy Hopeless Orchestra – photo by Tine Reingaard

Posted in Concerts, Efterklang, Leaves, Records, Tour

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