Running order (please be aware all timings are approximate):
7.30-8.10pm – John Grant 8.10-8.30pm – 20 minute interval
8.30-10.00pm – Efterklang
Another epic scale project from this ever-resourceful and imaginative band.
Piramida is the title of their new album, out now on 4AD label. The music on the record originated from and was informed by a special expedition undertaken by the band in 2011 to Spitsbergen, a former Russian mining settlement north of Norway and close to the North Pole.
Together for more than a decade, Danish band Efterklang have constantly pushed the boundaries of pop experimentalism over the course of three critically acclaimed albums. This desire to experiment has informed their approach to live performances, garnering the band plaudits for playing in diverse settings – whether alongside the Danish National Chamber Orchestra and the Britten Sinfonia (‘Performing Parades Tour’) or in the company of family members (for Vincent Moon’s An Island documentary).
'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
To play the music from their forthcoming album Piramida, Efterklang have engaged classical arrangers Missy Mazzoli (Kronos Quartet, Victoire), Karsten Fundal (Under Byen, Oh Land) and Daníel Bjarnason (Sigur Rós, Múm) to help their new songwriting fully integrate with the 35-piece Northern Sinfonia, conducted by André de Ridder.
Efterklang’s Rasmus Stolberg has personally invited John Grant to perform an opening set for the concert. Grant, who originally came to prominence with cult favourites The Czars, released his highly acclaimed debut solo album Queen of Denmark in 2010 – which became No 1 Album Of The Year in Mojo and showcased his wonderful warm baritone vocals and incisive song writing.