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‘LEAVES – the Colour of Falling’ to be released soon!

October 6, 2016 by Rasmus

November 4th ‘LEAVES – The Colour of Falling’ will be released on vinyl, CD, download and stream on Tambourhinoceros.

The opera album is performed by Efterklang & The Happy Hopeless Orchestra and features compositions by Efterklang and Karsten Fundal with lyrics (in English) by Ursula Andkjær Olsen.

The deluxe vinyl limited to 1200 copies has already arrived. We suggest to pre-order here to be sure to get a hold of one.

In February and March 2017 EFTERKLANG & THE HAPPY HOPELESS ORCHESTRA will perform ‘LEAVES – The Colour of Falling’ live at 8 concerts in Copenhagen, Uppsala, Eindhoven, Groningen, Rotterdam, Amsterdam, London and Brussels. Please check here for more info and to buy tickets.

Listen to the two singles already released from ‘LEAVES – The Colour of Falling’:

Posted in Concerts, Efterklang, Leaves, Records |

new single: THE COLOUR NOT OF LOVE

August 25, 2016 by Rasmus

We are excited to share another song from the forthcoming opera album!


EFTERKLANG / FUNDAL

~ LEAVES – the colour of falling
performed by EFTERKLANG & THE HAPPY HOPELESS ORCHESTRA
lyrics by URSULA ANDKJÆR OLSEN

ALBUM RELEASE November 4th 2016 on Tambourhinoceros.
Available as deluxe limited 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 – tickets
Mar 02 – Eindhoven, Muziekgebouw Eindhoven / Cross Linx – Holland – tickets
Mar 03 – Groningen, De Oosterpoort / Cross Linx – Holland – tickets
Mar 04 – Rotterdam, De Doelen / Cross Linx – Holland – tickets
Mar 05 – Amsterdam, Muziekgebouw / Cross Linx – Holland – tickets
Mar 09 – London, Barbican – England – tickets
Mar 10 – Brussels, Ancienne Belgique – Belgium – tickets

CITIES of GLASS
Watch a new film for the first single ‘Cities of Glass’ by Jonas Bang, Søren Rye and Fie Lindholm.

MORE INFO ABOUT LEAVES – THE COLOUR OF FALLING
For more info about the opera please see this news post from June 13th 2016.

Posted in Concerts, Efterklang, Leaves, Stream, Video |

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 |

Efterklang take-over: Leaves, Liima, films – More Music – Brugge April 2016

December 10, 2015 by Rasmus


Leaves photos by Mathias Løvgren Bojesen

More Music! festival has dedicated a whole day of their program to Efterklang.

Come and join us in Brugge, Belgium on April 8th 2016.

They are calling it REVERBERATIONS: An Evening with Efterklang.

We are bringing the entire LEAVES team for a concert version performance of the opera that we co-composed with Karsten Fundal.

Our other band Liima, that we share with Tatu Rönkkö, will also be performing and there will be screenings of the films An Island (by Vincent Moon & Efterklang) and The Ghost of Piramida (by Andread Koefoed & Efterklang).

More INFO // Get TICKETS

LEAVES premiered at Copenhagen Opera Festival July 2015 in co-production with Sort/Hvid. The opera is composed by Karsten Fundal and Efterklang and features English lyrics by Ursula Andkjær Olsen. All 16 original performances took place in a abandoned hospital / cold-war bunker and were completely sold-out.

The performance at More Music will be a concert version of Leaves, with the same team of singers and musicians from the Copenhagen performances.

Singers: Lisbeth Balslev (soprano) – Morten Grove Frandsen (counter tenor) – Katinka Fogh Vindelev (soprano) – Nicolai Elsberg (bass) – Casper Clausen (Efterklang)

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

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When Liima played at Le Guess Who? a few weeks ago they also recorded a session for 3VOOR12.

Watch them perform ‘Amerika’, ‘Your Heart’ and ‘Trains in the Dark’ via YouTube:

Posted in An Island, Concerts, Efterklang, Film, Leaves, Liima, Tatu+Efterklang, The Ghost of Piramida |

Liima – New Music – New Tour – New Album

October 9, 2015 by Rasmus

Tatu Rönkkö + Efterklang = Liima

We’re making plans for recording an album.

We’re playing 6 concerts in the near future:

15.10 – LEIPZIG, DE – Conne Island | Info & Tickets
16.10 – PRAGUE, CZ – Meet Factory | Info & Tickets
17.10 – GRAZ, AU – Steirischer Herbs Festival | Info & Tickets

19.11 – HAMBURG, DE – Greatest Hits Festival, Kampnagel | Info & Tickets
20.11 – UTRECHT, NL – Le Guess Who? Festival | Info & Tickets
22.11 – SØNDERBORG, DK – Define Festival | Info & Tickets

We’re happy to share this full concert recording from Best Kept Secret Festival in June. The recording features new songs: Amerika, Black Beach and Inside a Mountain. All three songs were written in May during our residency on the island of Madeira.

Posted in Concerts, Liima, Tatu+Efterklang |

Casper in A State Of Grace tour, Australia

September 21, 2015 by Rasmus

We are proud to report that Casper will take part in the A State of Grace tour celebrating the brilliant and complicated lives and music of Tim & Jeff Buckley beginning on September 23rd. Among others he’ll be performing Blue Melody by Tim Buckley, and, with Cold Specks, Everybody Here Wants You by Jeff Buckley.

For more information and all ticketing information please visit A State Of Grace
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Sep 23rd & 29th, Melbourne Recital Centre.

Sep 25th & 26th, Brisbane Festival.

Sep 27th, Enmore Theatre, Sydney.

Sep 30th, Canberra Theatre Centre.

Posted in Casper Clausen, Concerts |

Liima – New Sounds & Tour

May 6, 2015 by Rasmus

Liima is Tatu Rönkkö + Efterklang

The Lake radio has just shared a full concert recording from their concert at Jazzhouse in Copenhagen on March 26th 2015. Listen to it below.

Liima will go on tour in May and June:

30.05 – MADEIRA – Festival Aleste
12.06 – LUCERNE, CH – B-Sides Festival | Info & Tickets
13.06 – BIRMINGHAM, UK – Super Sonic Festival | Info & Tickets
14.06 – BRISTOL, UK – The Lantern | Info & Tickets
15.06 – LONDON, UK – Village Underground | Info & Tickets
17.06 – BRUGGES, BE – Concertgebouw | Info & Tickets
18.06 – PARIS, FR – Badaboum | Info & Tickets
19.06 – HILVARENBEEK, NL – Best Kept Secret Festival | Info & Tickets

Posted in Concerts, Liima, The Lake |

The Lake in Jazzhouse – featuring Liima and The Group

March 19, 2015 by Rasmus

11 events curated by our love child The Lake radio.
March 19th to 30th 2015 in Copenhagen’s best venue Jazzhouse

We look forward to performing with Liima (Tatu Rönkkö + Efterklang) (26.03) and The Group (Greg Haines, Francesco Dondadello, Casper of Efterklang and guests) – (24.03) and we especially look forward to experiencing Reijseger Fraanje Sylla + the label nights with Touch and Hiatus.

The AUT presents event will also be very special and same goes for the Mad Monday event. Needless to say, we recommend the entire program and are incredibly proud to be part of this,

More info and ticket links here: The Lake in Jazzhouse

Check out the program via these two mixtapes by The Lake:

Posted in Concerts, Liima, Tatu+Efterklang, The Lake |

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