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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 |

New Songs this Saturday at By The Lake!

August 3, 2016 by Rasmus

This weekend the second edition of By The Lake Festival takes place in Berlin. We’ve taken part in the curation via The Lake Radio and we’ll also make a little appearance world premiering some songs from ‘LEAVES – the colour of falling’, the upcoming opera album by Efterklang and Karsten Fundal.

Tune in to The Lake Radio on www.thelakeradio.com to hear the new songs or show up at the festival (tickets available here: www.bythelake.co). We are on-air approximately 18:20 CET on Saturday.

Mdou Moctar, Cold Specks, Liss, Laid Back, Master Musicians of Jajouka led by Bachir Attar, King Khan and the Shrines, Cavern of Anti-Matter and Selvhenter will all play live at the festival.

Hildur Gudnadottir, Dustin O’Halloran, Dena, Erik Levander, Native Instrument and others will make bonus appearances like Efterklang’s.

BY THE LAKE - August 6th and 7th in Berlin – www.bythelake.co

LEAVES – the colour of falling will be released on November 4th 2016 on Tambourhinoceros.
Available as double-vinyl, CD and digital - pre-order now.

More info about the release and 2017 TOUR DATES available in previous post!

By The Lake Festival takes place in Weissensee in Berlin

Posted in Leaves, The Lake |

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 |

LEAVES premieres Tonight

July 26, 2015 by Rasmus

More than two years of thinking, writing, composing, testing, preparing and rehearsing culminates tonight in Copenhagen with the premiere of the new opera LEAVES the colour of falling.

We have co-composed the opera together with Karsten Fundal and we will also be performing the opera as Efterklang together with a brilliant team of singers and musicians. All 14 performances are already sold out, but it looks like we will be able to do two extra performances. Watch the Facebook pages of Efterklang or Copenhagen Opera Festival for announcements about this.

LEAVES is a co-production between Copenhagen Opera Festival and theater Sort/Hvid. Ursula Ankjær Olsen has written the English lyrics. Christian Lollike has directed. Marie Rosendahl Chemnitz has designed the costumes and scenography.

Yesterday LEAVES was featured in the Danish TV news.

Watch the clip by clicking the photo below and you can find more info about LEAVES here.

Posted in Efterklang, Leaves |

LEAVES – a new opera

May 12, 2015 by Rasmus

In the last year and a half we’ve been busy with our new band Liima, with The Lake Radio and the new festival By The Lake. Along with these new endeavours, we’ve also been working on something special as Efterklang.

We are very happy to introduce a new opera: LEAVES - the colour of falling. We have co-composed the opera together with Karsten Fundal and we will be on stage, as Efterklang, for all 14 performances this Summer in Copenhagen.

Because of the unusual location (an abandoned Cold War bunker) and nature of the opera only 60 tickets are sold per performance. Tickets are available here.

You can read a longer presentation of LEAVES and the great team behind it below.

LEAVES is a genre-crossing operatic production that will take place underground in a huge Cold War-era bunker beneath Copenhagen’s municipal hospital. Once used as a subterranean emergency hospital but long since abandoned, the audience will be led through the labyrinthine corridors that have been closed to the public for decades.

The eleven songs comprising LEAVES will be performed daily by Efterklang plus eight classically-trained musicians. The five vocalists will be Katinka Fogh VIndelev (soprano, We Like We), Lisbeth Balslev (soprano), Casper Clausen (Efterklang), Nicolai Elsberg (bass, Spillemændene) and Morten Grove Frandsen (countertenor).

Commissioned for the Copenhagen Opera Festival, the gala performance of LEAVES will be on July 26th, with a further 13 shows until August 8th. Each performance will be limited to sixty tickets.

LEAVES is composed by Karsten Fundal and Efterklang and directed by Christian Lollike from the theatre Sort/Hvid who are producing the opera in collaboration with Copenhagen Opera Festival.

English lyrics by Ursula Andkjær Olsen and set design by Marie Rosendahl Chemnitz.

More info.

 


Photo of Efterklang by Bjørn Giesenbauer

Posted in Efterklang, Leaves |

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