A rare opportunity to see one of the most ambitious and uplifting collaborations of recent years - a performance of Efterklang's 2007 album Parades scored for band and orchestra - played here with the ever-adventurous Britten Sinfonia.
The Danish collective's acclaimed music is both soaringly melodic and engagingly intimate; in this setting, it becomes a breathtaking panorama of sound.
'The album Björk wishes she’d conjured in her mind when realising Vespertine, full of mystery and long-term intrigue. Drowned In Sound
'Like a secret musical language born of ice winds and sequestered myth' Mojo
The 10-piece instrumental group Jaga Jazzist has become something of a musical phenomenon in Norway since it was founded in 1994. At that time Lars Horntveth, the band’s main songwriter, was just 14 years old. In 2001 they released their debut album Livingroom Hush on Warner to a very warm critical reception in Scandinavia, selling more than 15,000 copies in Norway alone.
They followed this release with blistering live concert tours and the follow-up, entitled The Stix (Ninja Tune/Smalltown Supersound). As with their first album, this was produced by Norwegian superproducer Jørgen Træen (aka ‘Sir Dupermann’) of Duper Studios in Bergen (home of Røyksopp, Kings of Convenience, Sondre Lerche and others).
This album demonstrated the band’s way of absorbing influences as diverse as Tortoise, Motorpsycho, Sonic Youth, My Bloody Valentine, Miles Davis, Radiohead and Björk – while creating their own, utterly individual soundworld. What We Mustfollowed in 2005 and showcased an even more muscular approach; afterwards the band’s many members focussed on an array of solo and collaborative projects before reuniting to record a new album which is scheduled for release in early 2010.
‘I confidently predict that the cohesive mixture of Herbie Hancock’s 1970s keyboard excursions, Tortoise and Stereolab’s post-rock guitar blues, Squarepusher’s lunatic jazz electronica and mangled rhythms will race Jaga Jazzist to the top of the charts’ Independent on Sunday
‘Jaga Jazzist deliver with a breathtaking coup of collective improvisatory rigour, featuring melodies to bathe in and a rock n roll star female bassoonist’ Mojo
Efterklang & The Danish National Chamber Orchestra - Caravan (live)
Efterklang & The Danish National Chamber Orchestra - Cutting Ice To Snow (live)
Jaga Jazzist - Animal Chin
FreeStage 6.45pm: Sons of Noel and Adrian.
Sons of Noel and Adrian (SONAA) was formed in 2007 by best friends, Jacob Richardson and Tom Cowan. After years of writing and performing together in the drunken brewery town of Burton-Upon-Trent both guitar players parted ways as Jacob left for art school in Cornwall and Tom set off to travel across Europe. The pair would re-unite years later on the south-eastern shores of the UK and the creative Mecca of Brighton.
Having long shared a passion for rich, layered and intricate guitar music, the Sons’ deep musical exploration quickly developed into a unique and mesmerizing style, brooding on the dark fringes of folk, crossing genres and quickly setting them apart from their contemporaries.