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New Opera Album Out Today!

November 4, 2016 by Rasmus

Today sees the release of ‘LEAVES – The Colour Not of Falling‘. Available worldwide now on double vinyl, CD, download and streaming :-)

The opera is composed by Efterklang & Karsten Fundal and features lyrics by Ursula Andkjær Olsen.

The album is performed by Efterklang & The Happy Hopeless Orchestra (Lisbeth Balslev, Katinka Fogh Vindelev, Nicolai Elsborg, Morten Grove Frandsen, Jenny Lüning, Josefine Weber, Josefine Opsahl, Marie Louise Lind, Sara Nigard Rosendal, Ying-Hsueh Chen, Bjarke Mogensen, Michael Knudsen)

You can stream the album on Spotify. You can download on iTunes.
You can buy the CD and vinyl here: Norman records, Resident, Saturn (DE), Platomania (NL) or directly via The label Tambourhinoceros.

All 15 of us in Efterklang & The Happy Hopeless Orchestra will take the album on the road in 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

FOR MORE INFO ABOUT THIS RECORD PLEASE SEE THIS POST.

Posted in Efterklang, Leaves, Records, Tour |

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 |

Liima ‘ii’ – debut album to released in March

January 13, 2016 by Rasmus

Liima – the band we share with Tatu Rönkkö – has just announced details of the release of their debut album ‘ii‘.

The album will be released March 18th 2016 on 4AD and as of today you can listen to ‘Amerika‘ – the first track taken from the album.

There is also a new website – Liima.net - where you can pre-order the album and check the upcoming tour. For additional info go to the 4AD website.

LISTEN TO AMERIKA HERE:

Posted in Liima, Tatu+Efterklang, Tour |

Greetings from Madeira / New music from Istanbul

May 27, 2015 by Rasmus

Tatu Rönkkö + Efterklang = Liima

Greetings from Madeira where Liima are currently artists in residence on invitation from the wonderful Aleste Festival. We are writing new music that we will premiere at a concert here on Saturday and on our tour in June (dates below).

Back in January we had a week long residency in Istanbul on invitation from the great local venue Salon IKSV. We wrote four new songs which we then premiered at two concerts in Salon IKSV on January 9th and 10th. The concerts were recorded and starting today you can listen to the new songs via Liima’s Soundcloud page.

The Lake Radio also recently shared a full recording of Liima’s concert in Jazzhouse in Copenhagen on March 26th. You can listen to it via The Lake’s Soundcloud page.

LIIMA ON TOUR

May 30 – FUNCHAL, MADEIRA, PT – aLeste Festival – info

Jun 12 – LUCERNE, CH – B-Sides Festival – info
Jun 13 – BIRMINGHAM, UK – Supersonic Festival – info
Jun 14 – BRISTOL, UK – The Lantern at Colston Hall – info
Jun 15 – LONDON, UK – Village Underground – info
Jun 17 – BRUGGE (BE) – Concertgebouw – info
Jun 18 – PARIS (FR) – Badaboum – info
Jun 19 – BEST KEPT SECRET FESTIVAL, NLinfo

Thanks for reading and listening. Hope to see you on some of those dates above!

Casper, Mads, Rasmus & Tatu


Liima in Jardim do Mar, Madeira – May 21st 2015

Posted in Liima, Tatu+Efterklang, Tour |

WATCH: Efterklang Live at Route du Rock

August 29, 2013 by Rasmus

A few weeks back we played at the lovely French festival La Route du Rock in Saint-Malo. French TV was there and made a nice recording (audio and film). You can watch the concert if you click the photo below or here.

We will continue to tour throughout the year, but not as intensely as we have done in the first 8 months. We have shows coming up in England, Aarhus, The Netherlands, Hamburg, France and a longer Irish and UK tour in October. In November we will travel east. First in Europe and then in Asia – this tour will soon be announced.

Please check www.efterklang.net/home/concerts for an update on upcoming shows.

CLICK THE PHOTO TO WATCH THE CONCERT:

Photo by Mathieu Drouet

Posted in Concerts, Efterklang, Tour, TV, Video |

Efterklang and the Tiny Desk Concert

April 10, 2013 by Rasmus

We like the folks at NPR Music and All Songs Considered so when Bob Boilen invited us to do a Tiny Desk Concert at the NPR building in Washington, DC we happily said: Yes Please!

We even decided to perform a new song called Danish Design. It is a song originating from our process with making the Piramida album. We recently finished it and we like this song. Hope you will like it too.

This is what Bob Boilen from NPR Music / All Songs Considered wrote about this session:
Bands with big ideas work well at the Tiny Desk. Efterklang is a Danish group whose recent album Piramida took its members to an abandoned mining town between the North Pole and Norway. There, they recorded sounds of empty oil tanks, old pianos and pretty much anything they could strike or record.

It’s precisely that creative energy that led to Efterklang ransacking our kitchen utensils and desks in search of sound-making material. The band is a joy to witness live with a small orchestra, but it’s equally compelling just the way it is here, huddled around my desk and trying ideas it’s never tried. A true adventure. –BOB BOILEN

Posted in Acoustic, Concerts, Efterklang, Tour, Video |

49-Date European & North American Tour + Watch FM4 Radio Session

November 28, 2012 by Rasmus

This week we start our 30-date long European tour with the new 6-piece band and we are also very happy to announce our North America concert dates for 2013.

By the way, the North American tour will include a concert in Mexico City. Our very first visit to Mexico. Very happy about this.
(UPDATE  - sorry but we are having problems with the Mexican date – hope to be able to confirm it soon)

All dates can be seen below and at efterklang.net/home/concerts

Watch FM4 RADIO SESSION – Between The Walls, Black Summer & The Ghost LIVE

Back in September we had the pleasure of recording a FM4 Radio Session in Vienna at the beautiful Radiokulturhaus concert hall in Vienna. We played songs from our new album Piramida and were joined on stage by: Katinka Fogh Vindelev, Peter Broderick and Budgie (Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Creatures).

FM4 is a really great station and we want to thank them again for having us back in September. You can now watch a film with three of the songs we performed Between The Walls, Black Summer and The Ghost.

EUROPEAN AND NORTH AMERICAN TOUR 2012 / 2013

November:
with 6-piece Live band:
30.11 KATOWICE, PL – Ars Cameralis | SOLD OUT

December:
01.12 BUDAPEST, HU – A38 | Tickets
02.12 VIENNA, AT – Arena | Tickets
03.12 LEIPZIG, DE – Centraltheater | SOLD OUT
04.12 HAMBURG, DE – Kampnagel | Tickets
05.12 BERLIN, DE – Volksbühne | SOLD OUT
07.12 ZÜRICH, CH – Kilbi Im Überall | Info/Tickets
08.12 LISBON, PT – Mexe Festival | Info/Tickets
11.12 COLOGNE, DE – Gebäude 9 | Tickets
12.12 STRASBOURG, FR – Laiterie | Tickets
13.12 PARIS, FR – Cafe De La Danse | Tickets
14.12 FRANKFURT, DE – Brotfabrik | Tickets
15.12 HANNOVER, DE – Glocksee | Tickets

January 2013:
09.01 – BREMEN, DE – Lagerhaus | Tickets
10.01 – TBA
11.01 – BOCHUM, DE – Bahnhof Langedreer | Tickets
13.01 – AMSTERDAM, NL – Melkweg | Tickets

The Piramida Concerts w. Modern Fantazias & conductor Hans Ek:
18.01 UPPSALA, SE – Uppsala Konsert & Kongress | Info & Tickets

February 2013:
Tour with 6-piece Live band:
05.02 – BASEL, CH – Hinterhof Bar
06.02 – BADEN, CH – One of a Million Festival
07.02 – ST. GALLEN, CH – Palace
08.02 – LÜZERN, CH – Südpol
09.02 – GENEVA, CH – Festival Antigel
12.02 – AARHUS, DK – Voxhall | Tickets
13.02 – AALBORG, DK – Skraaen | Tickets
14.02 – OSLO, NO – By:larm Festival | Info
15.02 – OSLO, NO – By:larm Festival | Info
16.02 – GOTHENBURG, SE – Stadsteaterns Foajébar
17.02 – COPENHAGEN, DK – Store Vega, Frost Festival | Tickets
18.02 – COPENHAGEN, DK – Dieselhouse, Frost Festival, (special trio concert) | Tickets

26.02 – BOSTON, MA – Middle East Upstairs | Tickets
27.02 – PHILADELPHIA, PA – Johnny Brenda’s | Tickets
28.02 – WASHINGTON, DC – Rock & Roll Hotel | Tickets

March 2013
01.03 – RALEIGH, NC – Kings Barcade | Tickets
02.03 – ATLANTA, GA – Earl | Tickets
03.03 – NASHVILLE, TN – The End | Tickets
05.03 – DALLAS, TX – Dan’s Silverleaf | Tickets
06.03 – AUSTIN, TX – Mohawk | Tickets
09.03 – LOS ANGELES, CA – Echoplex | Tickets
11.03 – SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Great American Music Hall | Tickets

13.03 – PORTLAND, OR – Doug Fir | Tickets
14.03 – VANCOUVER, BC – Biltmore | Tickets
15.03 – SEATTLE, WA – Neumo’s | Tickets
18.03 – MINNEAPOLIS, MN – Cedar | Tickets
19.03 – CHICAGO, IL – Lincoln Hall | Tickets
21.03 – TORONTO, ON – Canadian Music Week – Mod Club
22.03 – MONTREAL, QC – Il Motore | Tickets
23.03 – NEW YORK, NY – Bowery Ballroom

28.03 – LONDON, UK – Royal Albert Hall – special guest for The Foals – sold out

 

Posted in Efterklang, Piramida, Tour, Video |

PIRAMIDA IS HERE +++ NYC Surprise Concerts and Party – Tonight & Tomorrow

September 23, 2012 by Rasmus

PIRAMIDA is released today in Europe, Asia, Oceania and tomorrow also in North America!

We hope you will be interested in listening to our album. There are many ways to do so. It is on iTunes and other digital sites, and also Spotify and other streaming sites. We highly recommend the vinyl version of Piramida. It comes in an amazing packaging design by Hvass&Hannibal. They also did the CD design, which is a book style deluxe cover with a thick booklet. You can purchase these in any decent record store and also via our own webshop.

We are all currently in New York and we are still beaming from Saturday’s sold out concert at The Metropolitan Museum of Art with The Wordless Music Orchestra. An unforgettable night. We recommend this photo report btw – really nice photos. There is also a very nice review in todays New York Times.

We are in NYC until Wednesday and today we are happy to announce two surprise events. They are a lot more low key than our orchestra concert, but we are sure we´ll have fun.

We are celebrating the release of PIRAMIDA. 

24 Sep MONDAY @ ACE HOTEL – mini concert and DJ sets – concert starts at 8pm.
Mini Performance by Efterklang starts at 8pm SHARP!!!  - DJ Sets from Victoire and Efterklang to follow. Katinka Fogh Vindelev will also perform.

25 Sep TUESDAY @ APPLE STORE in SoHO – Full 6piece band Concert starts at 7pm.
We are doing an instore performance at the Apple Store SoHo, NYC (103 Prince Street) Tuesday, September 25 to celebrate the release of our new album Piramida. Admission is FREE, Doors are at 6pm and we play at 7pm sharp! Come out and celebrate with us!

The artwork for Piramida is designed by Hvass&Hannibal

A lot of reviews for Piramida have already appeared:
The Sunday Times – Album of The Week!
BBCbravely, and masterfully, embraces darker themes and moods
Mojo – 4/5 - Piramida hides intriguing depths
Drowned in Sound9/10Recommended Record - Topping each of their previous records
The Line of Best Fit9/10 shows us another world, wild and windswept and almost elemental.
Subba-Cultcha10/10Beautiful, atmospheric, evocative and dramatic
The 4059,5/10this is Efterklang’s landmark album
Time Out4/5Potent and symphonic
Evening Standard - 4/5A scary beauty
The Irish Times4/5Another triumph from a band that gets better with every release
FACT4/5A noble, self-possessed creation; a masterclass in considered arrangement
Q4/5Here’s a band on top of the world, and on top of their game
The Fly4/5A fully-realised work of intellect and warmth
The Skinny4/5Exquisite elegance
Clash7/10A subtle, startling work
Epoch Times5/5dream-like

Some Danish Ones:
Undertoner6/6Gåsehudsfremkaldende
InformationSå smukt at det gør ondt, verdensklasse
Gaffa – 5/6 - Enestående Efterklang imponerer endnu engang med, hvad der kunne være karrierens bedste udspil

Some German Ones:
Melodie & Rhythmus9/10 – exzellent
Intro – das wunderbarste Album des Jahres
Musikexpress – 4/5 – grazil und geisterhaft

 

Posted in Efterklang, Piramida, Tour |

We’re Looking for a Singer and a Drummer for our Live-Band [UPDATED]

July 10, 2012 by Rasmus

[UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE - July 14] We have received so many emails (thank you!!) and can´t handle anymore. Please only get in touch if you are the new Whitney Houston (with a taste for Ligety) or if you are a girl drummer (with groove).

Hello!

We are looking for a female singer to join our live-band. We are looking for someone in Berlin who is a trained singer and can sing soulful rock stuff like Talking Heads and who also can sing classical music style like Arvo Pärt for example. The soulful element is however the most important.

We will have auditions in Berlin August 2nd & 3rd. If you are interested then please write us at contact [at] efterklang.net

We are also looking for a drummer. Most of this year we are very fortunate to be playing with Budgie, but he can’t tour with us from December and onwards. If you play the drums, then get in touch. Auditions will be same days as auditions for singers.

The video here gives a good impression of what we are looking for. Enjoy! and Thank You!

Posted in Concerts, Efterklang, Tour |

Efterklang on Daytrotter

January 28, 2012 by Rasmus

This is old news if you follow Daytrotter regularly, but if you don´t then you should know that Daytrotter recently aired a session with Efterklang.

We recorded this live directly to tape at Big Orange Studios in Austin, Texas, back in September 2010. At that time we had just finished filming An Island with Vincent Moon and was now touring the US with our 7-piece band featuring Peter Broderick, Heather Woods Broderick and Daniel James (of Canon Blue).

In the session that has aired you can hear us perform Frida Found a Friend, I Was Playing Drums, Modern Drift and Step Aside.

Listen to the session here: www.daytrotter.com/#!/concert/efterklang

P.S. Do you remember our chord project from that same tour? One of them was made in the same studio – link

Posted in Concerts, Magic Chairs, Tour

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