Nov 2000

First meeting (pre-Afenginn)

Afenginn was started in an old industrial yard in the harbour area of Copenhagen. Without knowing about each others excistence, both Kim and Rune was in a personal vacuum in their lives and had advertised for people to start a band with when they saw each other’s ads. They met one evening in November, together with Andrzej and his brother Alek, who knew Kim from college.

The chemistry was good between them and after some boundless search of direction like blind moose on a highway, all the pieces fell into place after a concert with Hedningarna. The band had been experimenting with different styles and moods without any clear direction, but after this eye-opening concert, things became much clearer. Kim, who compose most of the material, presented a bouquet of folk/world inspired compositions originating from the darker parts of the brain, and the sprouting band followed his direction.

Feb 2002

Complete lineup

Niels and Rasmus, who knew Kim from Musicology studies, joined the band in February. The band rehearsed steadily during the spring and played their first concert in Dragens Hule, an underground club in Copenhagen, in May of the same year. At that point, the band had barely any idea what they were actually playing, having rehearsed this contemporary and rather strange music in their little bubble for months.

May 2002

Gigs at Kulturhavn


The debut gig turned out to be a great success, though, and Afenginn got booked for Odense Folk Festival and three shows at Kulturhavn Copenhagen later that year. Something had made an impression on the audience. This was highly motivating for the young band and they continued rehearsing and building a bigger repertoire. Tunes like “Tivoli Invaliid”, “Eine Kleine bit of Amore” and “Masterplan” are all from this period.

Masterplan : 
Tivoli Invaliid : 
Apr 2003

Getting gigs & Odense Folk Festival

The band became increasingly organized and Rune was given the task of getting the band as many gigs as possible and Afenginn started to have gigs every single month. This would continue for many years as their fan base grew in numbers.

Odense Folk Festival 2003
Aug 2003

EP release and the Moose Suite

During the summer, Afenginn recorded their EP “Tivoli Invaliid” at Reersø with Bjarke Slot. At the same time, Kim wrote the Moose Suite for a movie about a moose that swam from Sweden to Denmark and was killed by a train. This would later became more or less a trademark for the band.


 
Mar 2004

First trip abroad: Faroe Islands

In March, the band went on their first tour abroad - to the Faroe Islands in the North Atlantic, where Afenginn played 7 concerts on different islands. Among others on an old fishing boat that had been rebuilt to a venue, with room for 20 people. The boat had sunk close to the harbour and as this was not quite horizontal, Kim got really seasick and had to vomit in the break between the sets. 

The Faroese label TUTL attended some of the concerts and offered Afenginn a record deal, which was discussed during a stroll in the Faroese mountains and ended up with deal for the debut album.
Jul 2004

Norway and studio

Later that year, Afenginn visited Norway for some gigs and went from there directly to the studio in Copenhagen in July to record their first full length album.
Playing in a circustent in Norway
Karl Skibsted and Henrik Bjørslev recording "Retrograd"
Oct 2004

1st album: Retrograd and Scandinavian tour

The debut album ‘Retrograd’ was released in October by TUTL Records and was followed up by a Scandinavian tour. 
‘Retrograd’ received rave reviews and also won the band a Danish Music Award for “Best World Album”.





 
Nov 2004

Finland and Sweden

On the ferry going to Finland


Relaxing with a beer in Finland
Feb 2005

Swiss harmony

In the winter of 2005, Afenginn was invited to play in Switzerland for the first time due to a very coincidental meeting: When Afenginn was on the Faroe Islands, a swiss musiclover, Felix van den Berg, was also there and had attended several of the shows. He went back to St.Gallen and decided to start working with Nordic music so he created Nordklang in Switzerland, which has since grown into a festival and been hosting a huge number of Nordic bands.

Afenginn was one of the first bands invited to play there and they would continue touring the country in the following years, steadily building a fanbase and feeling very much at home. 


Niels having a natural moment in Schaffhausen, Switzerland

Apr 2005

Nordlyd - symphony-project

Afenginn played a handful of shows in Denmark in the spring of 2005 with their first major project:  Nordlyd - Afenginn in Symphony. The concerts were built up around Afenginn’s music, arranged and orchestrated for a complete symphony orchestra and performed with Afenginn plus the big orchestra on stage.

May 2005

Nordlyd continued...



In addition to the concerts featured a “Nordic Symphony” written by Kim. The concerts were very well received by both the press and audiences and were definitely a step up the ladder for the band. 

Dec 2005

Belgium & more Switzerland

The band went back on the road in december and played a couple of shows in Belgium and Switzerland. In between the tours they had been working on new material and some of it was played at these concerts. Another Afenginn album was slowly taking form...


 

Jan 2006

Rehearsing and studio

The band kept up the high pace and went into a frenetic rehearsal mode in January to prepare for the recording of their second album, which peaked with a show at Copenhagen Jazzhouse where Afenginn presented new material.


Feb 2006

2nd album: Akrobakkus

’Akrobakkus’ was recorded during February (read more about the recording here) and was released in April.

The album was richly orchestrated and featured, among others, the cult actor Zlatko Buric as well as the gypsy cimbalon virtuoso George Mihalache.


 
Apr 2006

New member: Aske Jacoby

The basic tracks were recorded in Sweet Silence in Copenhagen, and after a week there the band moved on to the studio collective at Vibevej where Denmark’s most famous guitarist Aske Jacoby also came and went as part of the collective.

Meanwhile the bass player, Andrzej Krejniuk, decided to focus on his studies at the conservatory and left the band, and at a hectic time the band started looking for a replacement for the rather demanding bass role. One day, Aske was hanging around in the studio and was asked whether he knew a good bass player. He promptly answered: “Ask me!”. They thought about it, went for the offer and welcomed Aske as a new Afenginn member in April 2006.

Jul 2006

Dranouter Festival and Akrobakkus-tour

’Akrobakkus’ got rave reviews and the band went on an extensive release tour visiting Denmark, Switzerland, Faroe Islands and Estonia.

Later in the summer, they were invited to play at festivals in Sweden and at the big Dranouter Festival in Belgium. A big festival gig was a new experience for the relatively young band. It was a great success... until the power went down. Fortunately, this happened during the sing-along part of “Andante Mobile”, putting the band at work directing the audience from the stage until the power came back on. When this happened, the scream from the audience was overwhelming, sending the band into a moment of communal ecstacy. 

Jan 2007

New York & Frank London

In January, the band took their first trip across the Atlantic to New York to collaborate with Frank London, composer and trumpet player in the band Klezmatics. They rehearsed and worked on some music together for one intense week, which culminated in a couple of shows in New York. Read more about this collaboration here. Then followed several tours in various European countries.

 

Nov 2007

Rehearsing and recording

Meanwhile Kim had been working on new material and in November, Afenginn started rehearsing and recording ‘Reptilica Polaris’ in Aske’s studio. Read more about the making of Reptilica Polaris here.


The recordings went on for several months and up until February 2008, it was used to work on ‘Reptilica Polaris’. At this point, the band was rather exhausted as the recordings had been quite strenuous so when invited to play at the prestigious By:Larm Festival in Oslo, they needed a break more than the honour, although the shows were pulled through. 

Mar 2008

SXSW, Texas & Malaysia

After a well deserved break, which was spent mixing the album, Afenginn went to America again in March. They were invited to play at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas - the biggest and most influential music event worldwide. 
Afenginn in Texas

Back home, they finished up the album during a Denmark tour, before they were invited to play in Malaysia in late April. Afenginn played two shows in the monumental botanic garden in Penang.
Afenginn were treated as full blown rock stars, held press conferences, were escorted back and forth to the high class hotel and finished the fabulous trip with a nice and warm holiday at Langkawi, much to the liking of the Scandinavian ensemble.

Apr 2008

Penang, Malaysia

Penang World Music Festival, Malaysia in the botanical gardens in front of 6000+ people

Malaysia rocks
May 2008

Big grant

Later that spring, Afenginn were honoured with the biggest grant from the Danish Arts Council’s “Young Elite” program, giving the band 400.000 DKK over two years. This came as a surprise for the band, who had plans of taking a small break and it gave them a massive shot of new energy.  With the responsibility and trust from the Arts Council, as well as the opportunities the money gave them, they decided to keep the engine going, keeping up the momentum.

Jun 2008

3rd album: Reptilica Polaris

Afenginn’s third and most ambitious album - Reptilica Polaris - was released worldwide in June. Once again, the critics were happy, giving the album great reviews. The audiences also embraced the album, which received a Danish Music Award in the category “Best Contemporary Artist”. 


Sep 2008

Reptilica live with big lineup

In September, the complete album was performed live during the Reptilica Polaris release tour in Denmark. This was a big production which, apart from Afenginn, featured five singers, three brass players and an additional man on the bass, while Aske played the guitar.


Apr 2009

Signing with Westpark Music

In early 2009, Afenginn signed with the well-reputed German label Westpark Music for their next album. The Reptilica Polaris album was a big and heavy production to tour with and the band quickly started to work on their next album.
After concerts in Germany, Holland, Sweden and Denmark, the fourth album was recorded in one week.


Nov 2009

4th album: Bastard Etno

‘Bastard Etno’ was released in November on Westpark Music and was followed up by concerts in Denmark, Austria, Switzerland and Germany.



Dec 2009

Bastard Etno tour

Tourpic for Bastard Etno

Düsseldorf, Germany
Feb 2010

Danish Music Award for Bastard etno

The Bastard Etno tour continued in 2010 with concerts in Norway, Denmark and two weeks in Germany. Both record and concerts were very well received, and the album was awarded a Danish Music Award for “World Album of the Year”.  


Jul 2010

Roskilde Festival

The summer brought many festival gigs. Among others, G! Festival on the Faroe Islands, and Roskilde Festival, a dream come true!


Sep 2010

SOMA - the Ballet

Afenginn then began work with Cross Connection Ballet Company to finish the Bellevue Sommer ballet. The performance “SOMA” was based on Piet Hein’s cube by the same name and was built up around Afenginn’s music. It featured both old and new material written especially for the occasion. The band performed live at all shows which ran three weeks at the Bellevue Theater and was also performed at Århus Festuge.


Nov 2010

More Frank London and a break to reflect

In November, Frank London came to Denmark to work with Afenginn. They played three concerts and toured for two weeks as a quintet. And that marked the end of the first volume of the Afenginn adventure. 

After several years of life in a band with full throttle and long nights, travelling and partying, it was time to look inward. The band then took its first longer break to pause, energize and reflect.

Aug 2011

Erik Olevik takes over the bass

After a constructive 9-months break, Aske Jacoby decided to quit the band to focus on his own trio. Erik Olevik took over offering both a solid grip on the genre and the ability to play both electric and double bass. This gave the band a new range of options. 


The band played a few summer festivals, before they went on their first tour to Canada. 

Nov 2011

Touring with new lineup

In the fall, Afenginn toured Denmark for three weeks and Germany for two with the new line-up, where they, among other shows, played two sold-out concerts 90 meters below ground. 




 
Dec 2011

New start - new music

Kim had spent time writing new material, and during Christmas they started rehearsals of new material with the new constellation and recorded a demo for what would become the fifth Afenginn album. 

May 2012

10 years: decenniale

Kim spent the winter working on the new album in India. Upon his return, Afenginn celebrated 10 years as a band with a momentous show that featured Bent Clausen and Mads Hyhne as special guests, a three man choir and a dancer. Samal Blak acted as scenographer and director of the show which was entitled “DECENNIALE – a hyper concert show”. All three shows were sold out!


May 2012

Decenniale continued...



Aug 2012

Recording Lux

During the summer, the new constellation, with Bent Clausen and Mads Hyhne, rehearsed and starting recording the new album “Lux” in August with August Wanngren behind the mixer. Recordings are done in only three days (live in the studio as planned) and was finished off in September. 



In October and November, Afenginn toured Denmark, Austria, Switzerland and Germany playing a lot of their new material.

Jan 2013

5th album: Lux

“Lux” was released in January by Westpark Music.

LUX marks a more reflective, introvert and mature side of Afenginn, partly due to Kim’s sobriety since 2011, but also due to a shift in focus in general. The band wanted to work more as a classical group and explore ethereal soundscapes and melodies. 


Mar 2013

Lux tour

To support the release of LUX, the band hits the road in end of January. First with concerts in Germany and continuing with shows in Denmark, Norway and back to Germany in March.

The new style and the album is being very well received with quotes as “easily the best of their career” and “unique soundpoetry” among many other. 


Jul 2013

Choirnevale - choir project

Kim had been working on composing a new concert for the band + Kaare Munkholm on the marimba and mixed choir. The project is called “Choirnevale” and the basic idea is to combine Afenginn’s instrumental musical universe with that of a choir, using local choirs. Before anybody had heard a sound from it, the Choirnevale concert is booked to premiere on G! Festival in the Faroe Islands in July and a month later at Kulturarena Jena in Germany. Both shows are done in collaboration with the Faroese choir Mpiri and gets amazing feedback.


Dec 2013

Signing with Tiger Music

The LUXtour continues in the autumn with concerts in Denmark and Norway - and an appearance at the Danish Music Awards - Folk. 


Through the year Afenginn has been negotiating with Tiger Music about releasing LUX in their (at the time) 300 Flying Tiger shops in Europe and Japan and in December the deal is signed!