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Efterklang and Northern Sinfonia: The Piramida Concerts with special guest opening act John Grant

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Support comes from John Grant.

Berlin-based Danish experimenters Efterklang have played as a rock band all over the world, but they also specialise in amazing integrated orchestral projects. This time Efterklang collaborate with Northern Sinfonia, conducted by the much in demand André de Ridder, to push musical boundaries while creating an unforgettable soundworld in the marvellous acoustic of Hall One.

For this special concert, the Danish trio will be performing as a six-piece, augmented by Peter Broderick (Piano), Katinka Fogh Vindelev (Choir) and a special drummer to be announced later.

Piramida is the sound of Efterklang’s grasp meeting their reach, of their ambition evading the pretentious, the blankly grandiose, and rewarding them with a masterpiece.MOJO

Prepare to be left breathlessBBC Music

Here’s a band on top of the world, and on top of their game… Piramida is a revelation.Q magazine

“Piramida reveals Efterklang as serious contenders.” The Sunday Times – CD of the Week

“A fully-realised work of intellect and warmth.” The Fly ****

“Potent and symphonic… this is much more than a postcard from a ghost town.” Time Out ****

“A rewarding experience.” FT ****

“Indie rock with such grand visions already firmly entrenched that when they are brought to life it’s truly something magical.” The Vine

A gorgeous tapestry of sounds, from wistful love song to atmosepheric ghost storiesSydney Morning Herald

Efterklang & Sydney Symphony Perform ‘The Ghost’

A near perfect show.Sydney Morning Herald

Efterklang’s new material unfolded in perfect harmony with the orchestra. Standing ovations out of the way, the audience – and the band – left the theatre aglow.Time Out, Sydney *****

It’s a show that prompts goosebumps as well as laughter – a night that truly celebrates the transformative power of good music.The Vine

Efterklang’s fourth album, comes out in September 2012.

The making of the new album, Piramida, started out in unusual fashion in August 2011, when the members of Efterklang went on a nine-day audio expedition to an abandoned Russian settlement in Spitsbergen, an Arctic island located just shy of the North Pole. Spitsbergen is home to more polar bears than people and also to the ghost town of Piramida, which was abandoned overnight in 1998, and today stands as a slowly decaying ruin.

To get a sense of what happened there, Efterklang have produced a video that gives a tantalizing insight into this unique journey – it’s really the best way to understand how they obtained over 1,000 sounds to sample for the new album. Along with discovering the world’s northernmost grand piano, the trio spent nine days exploring and recording the sounds that would inspire and build the songs on Piramida.

Watch the new video featuring the new song Dreams Today:

John Grant – Where Dreams go to Die

Stage Times

7.30pm – 8.10pm: John Grant
8.10pm – 8.30pm: Interval
8.30pm – 9.40pm: Efterklang and Northern Sinfonia

Please note these timings are subject to change.

Efterklang and Northern Sinfonia are also appearing at the following venues:

Wednesday 24th October: Edinburgh Usher Hall
Saturday 27th October: Warwick Arts Centre
Sunday 28th October: Brighton Dome
Monday 29th October: The Bridgewater Hall
Tuesday 30th October: Barbican

Efterklang: Interview & Video Exclusive

The Danish band unveil the film for the opening track from new album Piramida
By Kieron Tyler. Wednesday, 15 August 2012

“It’s a place where human beings don’t belong,” says Efterklang’s Rasmus Stolberg. “It’s a very inspiring place, but a very sad place”. The Danish band’s new album, Piramida, is built around sounds they recorded in Pyramiden, a former Russian mining settlement on the island of Spitsbergen, north of Norway, close to the North Pole. It was abandoned in 1998. The climate means nothing decays. Continue Reading….

Efterklang – Piramida

By Barnabas Abraham, 18 September 2012

Efterklang seem to have finally risen beyond comparisons. No longer is it good enough to say that their work is merely the produce of their influences. It seems that now we have a band finding their place, and they’ve never sounded so at ease. Continue Reading…

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