Efterklang? Imagery of perfection? The recent beautifully ambitious operatic album Leaves can be now seen and heard as a whole in film form . Ten short films have been made to accompany the rather engrossing music. We do rather like Efterklang around these parts, played them lots of the radio back when that beautiful first album was first evolving an emerging and those beautifully triumphant Parades were passing. They kind of lost direction for a while (or maybe we did?), these leaves are really pushing the right buttons again though….
The new album was released Nov 4th on TAMBOURHINOCEROS and in Feb & March 2017 Efterklang & The Happy Hopeless Orchestra will perform the album live in Copenhagen, Uppsala, Groningen, Eindhoven, Rotterdam, Amsterdam, London and Bruxelles. All dates here The UK date is March 9th, at the Barbican, London
“On November 4th Efterklang & co-composer Karsten Fundal released the opera Leaves – The Colour of Falling (performed by Efterklang & The Happy Hopeless Orchestra) digitally, CD and vinyl. Now the opera can be seen as a whole in ten videos created by the talented film artists Søren Rye and Jonas Bang in collaboration with illustrator Fie Lindholm. The videos features the lyrics for the opera written by the critically-acclaimed Danish writer Ursula Andkjær Olsen.
The videos have been shot in the same nuclear basement below the former Copenhagen Municipal Hospital where the Opera was performed during 16 sold out nights in 2015 . 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 was granted new life with the release in early November and today with release of the complete video version of the album”.
Efterklang and The Happy Hopeless Orchestra will perform the opera in “a concert version” at the following places around Europe in 2017:
Feb 22 – Copenhagen, Store Vega, Danmark
Feb 23 – Uppsala, Uppsala Konsert & Kongress, Sverige
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 – Bruxelles, Ancienne Belgique – Belgien
Animated by Jens Christian Høgni Larsen & Nan Na Hvass. Mirador can be found on Efterklangs (then) new album”. it might have eve nbeen an album of the year around here back when we could be bothered with lists and such things…