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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 Olympic themed Liima Video for Russians

August 4, 2016 by Rasmus

Liima (the band we share with Tatu Rönkkö) has just premiered a new video for the song Russians of our debut album ‘ii‘. The video is nicely timed with the Olympics in Rio starting tomorrow!

Liima will be touring European Summer Festivals in August and in September they will go on a Danish and a North American tour. Tour dates and more here: www.liima.net.

The song Russians started with the find of an unnamed sample that turned out to be the opening song for the Olympics in Moscow in 1980. Find more details below the video.

If this YouTube video is blocked in your country go here or here.

Official press release:

Liima premiere ‘Russians’ – a video about one of the biggest Olympic boycotts in its history

Liima have presented a short film for the song ‘Russians’, which blur the lines between music video and documentary as it tells the controversial story of the 1980 Olympic Games where more than sixty nations boycotted the Moscow event citing political protest.

‘Russians’ was inspired by an orchestral record found entirely by chance. Awed by the music on this nameless album, Liima decided to sample the track’s horn section and build a song around it. It was only later they discovered the orchestral piece was written by the legendary Russian composer Aleksandra Pakhmutova who had created it for the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games opening ceremony.

Directed by Danish filmmaking duo Jonas Bang and M.I.L.K, the pair tracked down one of the athletes who was affected by the 1980 boycott, retired West German javelin thrower Michael Wessing. A gold medal favourite, his story is central to ‘Russians’ where he talks frankly about the protest and its lasting effect on his life, which ultimately led to him giving up his career and Olympic dream.

“The Olympic Games is a peace movement, an arena for nations to compete and show greatness through sport performances rather than war and politics,” Bang and M.I.L.K explain. “But just as in 1980, politics has a habit of muddying those honest intentions. So with the upcoming games in Rio and the personal disaster for the numerous Russian athletes banned due to a state-organized doping scheme, we felt it was time for a reminder to keep the Olympics pure and honor its peace-positive values. Remember that it is the athletes who pay the price of nations’ political games.”

‘Russians’ is taken from Liima’s debut album ii, out now.

Liima is the Nordic quartet formed by Finnish percussionist Tatu Rönkkö plus Mads Brauer, Casper Clausen and Rasmus Stolberg of Danish act Efterklang.

“With Efterklang we worked for years on an album and were rarely satisfied,” say the band. “In Liima it’s all about the spontaneous creation of music. Every now and then we just meet in a city, experiment for a week and present the final results by playing a concert – without any form of editing. Our debut album is based on these experiments.”.

LIIMA TOUR DATES
August 5 – KATOWICE, OFF Festival
August 9 – OSLO, Øya Festival
August 10 – LUXEMBOURG, Congés Annulés
August 11 – REES, Haldern Pop Festival
August 12 – GOTHENBURG, Way Out West Festival
August 13 – HELSINKI, Flow Festival
August 26 – STORKOW, Alínæ Lumr
August 27 – AMSTERDAM, Amsterdam Woods Festival
September 8 – COPENHAGEN, Jazzhouse
September 9 – AARHUS, Atlas
September 10 – AALBORG, Studenterhuset
September 19 – LOS ANGELES, CA, The Echo
September 21 – SAN FRANCISCO, CA, Swedish American Hall
September 22 – PORTLAND, OR, Doug Fir Lounge
September 24 – SEATTLE, WA, Barboza
September 27 – CHICAGO, IL, Schuba’s Tavern
September 28 – TORONTO, ON, The Drake Hotel
September 29 – MONTREAL, QC, Bar Le Ritz
October 1 – BROOKLYN, NY, Baby’s All Right
October 23 – ROTTERDAM, WORM
October 24 – COLOGNE, Gebäude 9
October 26 – TOURCOING, Le Grand Mix
October 27 – VENDÔME, Festival Rockomotives
October 28 – BERGEN, Ekko Festival
October 29 – HASSELT, Nordic Nights
October 30 – LISBON, Jameson Urban Routes
November 5 – REYKJAVIK, Iceland Airwaves

The video was made in collaboration with prxjects, a culture lab by Mercedes-Benz.

Posted in Liima, Tatu+Efterklang, 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 |

Liima – Roger Waters – New video!

March 10, 2016 by Rasmus

Liima has a new video for their song ROGER WATERS from the upcoming album ‘ii’.

The video is directed by Plastic Zoo. The album is out March 18th on 4AD.

Liima will be go on tour once the album is released. Live dates here: www.liima.bet/live

Posted in Liima, Tatu+Efterklang, Video |

Liima – 513

February 25, 2016 by Rasmus

A new song has been shared from Liima’s upcoming album ‘ii‘.

The album is out March 18th 2016 on 4AD. Listen to 513 here:

Posted in Liima, Tatu+Efterklang |

AMERIKA – new Liima video

February 20, 2016 by Rasmus

Liima is Tatu Rönkkö  + Efterklang and this is our new video for first single ‘Amerika‘. The video is directed by Olivier Groulx and shot on location in Palmdale in California.

ii‘ the Liima debut album will be released March 18th 2016 on 4AD. Pre-order on www.liima.net.

Posted in Liima, Tatu+Efterklang, Video |

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 |

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 |

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