2017 is a remarkable year to look back on for us. We have been on the road with the wonderful OPUS lineup and this is a spectacle of mostly 9-10 people have played a a good bunch of Scandinavian capitals: World Village Festival in Helsinki, Stockholm Kulturfestival in Stockholm, Oslo World Music Festival in Oslo and several shows in Denmark where Roskilde Festival and Tønder Festival stand out as the big highlights of the year. At these two we had the honour to have the choir Vokalselskabet GLAS with us on stage, and at our concert at Roskilde Festival we were a total of 23 people, adding a string section, extra brass and moog to the lineup. I am so grateful for all these experiences and a bit amazed that it actually could work out to tour such a big circus around Scandinavia.
We will be a bit less on the road in 2018 - but fear not! There are shows lined up in Denmark, Germany and Spain at the moment and more dates will be confirmed as we move further into the year. May the year be wonderful for all of us!
Copenhagen show sold out in one day
Mon 18 Sep
This upcoming Thursday the OPUS-tour will be back in Copenhagen - hooray! We're playing in the beautiful pavillon at Karens Mindes Kulturhus and we're very excited about the show. Olavur Jakupsson (who's singing on the album) will be joining us on stage, so we'll be 9 musicians at this show...
The show sold out in only one day, but there's still a chance to get in: the tickets that has not been handed in before 20:00 are set free, so come early and hope for the best!
After a fantastic summer where we have played at some amazing festivals, we will be doing a tour this fall with concerts in Denmark, Sweden and Norway. The next couple of days we are playing in Aabenraa, Odense and Albertslund.
Tomorrow we are taking the morning flight from Copenhagen to Stockholm to play at Stockholm Kulturfestival . We are performing at 19:30 at Skeppsbron, which is an open air stage with free entry. So if you happen to be in the most Swedish of all capitals, this is where you should go.
If you can not be there in person, you can tune in on Swedish Radio P5 STHLM. Yours truly will on air at 16:15. Heja!
Preparing for Roskilde Festival 2017
Mon 26 Jun
On Friday June 30th we will be performing our album OPUS at Roskilde Festival 2017. This is a concert that we are looking extremely much forward to playing. Roskilde is a legendary festival with a fantastic audience. We played there in 2010 and to get the chance to perform OPUS is a dream come true! We will be 21 musicians on stage and we are reahearsing full on these days to get everything together. Pavillon Stage at 18:15 on Friday it is!!
Very happy to announce that OPUS will be released in the UK on Friday the 19th of May. The album is released by Westpark Music and distributed by Proper Distribution.
Review in Fatea Magazine is now available: "Did you ever consider that you might be missing out on a classical, folk, jazz, North African crossover double album, with lyrics in an invented language based on Latin? Me neither. But I was.... It's a hoot! More than that, it's terrific!"
I am very honoured and happy to have received Carl Prisen 2017 (Carl Award) as "Composer of the Year (roots) for my work on OPUS. Carl Prisen is an award given to composers, songwriters and lyricwriters by the music publishers in Denmark.
I am really proud, happy and honoured by this recognition! See the full list of winners HERE
Denmark spring-tour kick-off!
Wed 19 Apr
Tomorrow we start our OPUStour 2017 in Denmark and I'm really really excited to get on the road and get the music out. The rehearsals have been good and it feels great to start playing after a pretty long break over the winter. We'll be performing mainly OPUS with the OPUS-live-lineup with 8 musicians on stage and the soundwizard Jonas doing his magic from behind the desk.
Tonight (Wed 5.april), Kristoffer Nybye (clarinet) and myself are guests in a series of talks called Musikpassiar in Copenhagen. The radio journalist Claus Vittus is the host and we'll be talking about Afenginn, OPUS and whatever...and play a few tunes. The interview will be filmed and released as a podcast later.
More info on the Facebook event here
Tickets available here
Updated by Kim Nyberg
AUSTRALIA TOUR CANCELLED
Mon 6 Mar
It is with great disappointment that we have to announce that our Australian tour now in March 2017 is cancelled due to visa complications. In January 2015 I was injured during a tour in Australia and was not allowed to fly out of Tasmania where we were at the time of the incident, because of the health risk of flying in that condition. This lasted for 6 weeks and when I finally got on the plane and left the land of OZ, I had accidentally overstayed my working visa. This problem was addressed and taken care of as soon as possible and we all thought that everything was good and back to normal, but it turns out that this is not the case.
After lots of considerations back and forth, we finally decided to cancel the tour. Our biggest apologies to the festivals and venues where Afenginn was booked to play, and to fans and friends that had been planning to hear us playing. And not least to Cathy from Nomadic Fish who has worked a lot for this to happen! We are working on solving the issue and to be back…hopefully before too long.
OPUS nominated for GAFFA Award 2016!
Wed 11 Jan
We're really thrilled to announce that OPUS has been nominated as "Årets Danske Udgivelse" (Danish Release of the Year) in the GAFFA Award 2016. The list of other nominees is long and counts major pop/rock/indie artists in Denmark: Trentemøller, Agnes Obel, Medina and Volbeat - to name a few.
"A fantastic acoustic creation that draws from folk, classical and world music, the cinematic scope of OPUS unfolds with the music, sometimes in widescreen but often with a starkly emotional and claustrophobic inwardness that demands your full attention. A piece of art that completely succeeds in achieving what it set out to do."
Thank you for the huge honour!
See the list of all the picks here
Listen and/or get your copy of OPUS here
Video sneak peak
Thu 15 Dec
We are currently working on a video to the tune Vespersong, which we shot this last weekend. Here's some shots from behind the scenes HERE
Stay tuned for the full lenght version!
Two more grammies for opus!!
Mon 5 Dec
This has really been a pretty wild week for us. Last night we could add two more Danish Music Awards (Danish Grammy) to the collection: "Danish World Composer of the Year" and "Danish World Liveact 2016". This gives us a total of no less than FOUR awards for OPUS, which is both humbling and a huge honour.
There's so many people around us that has been helping and supporting us and we hereby send a huge thank-you-hug everybody involved. All the musicians both on the album and live, Jonas for sound, Viktor for light, bookers, venues and festivals and everybody listening and keep showing up to the concerts and supporting our albums. THANK YOU!!
Two statues in Danish Music Award for OPUS
Mon 28 Nov
Danish Music Award - Folk was held in Tønder, Denmark this Saturday. Afenginn cleaned up in both the nominated categories and can now add two more statues to the collection for "Best release" and "Best Composer". We're proud and honoured to get the awards!
5 nominations in Danish Music Awards - world / folk!
Sun 20 Nov
OPUS has been nominated in no less than 5 categories in the upcoming Danish Music Awards. In DMA - Folk we're nominated for "Best Release" and "Best Composer" and in DMA - World for "Album of the year", "Composer of the year" and "Liveact of the year". Wish us luck!
We'll be performing OPUS to all concerts and for the show in Copenhagen we will be joined by the GLAS Vocalensemble and Olavur Jakupsson on vocals. Grande finale, ladies and gentlemen. The show starts at 15:00, kids under 15 come in for free and there's cosy community dinner after the show. So there's really no reason not to come and get food for both soul and body... :) See you!
2 nominations to Danish Music Awards - folk
Tue 8 Nov
Hooray! OPUS is nominated in two categories in the upcoming Danish Music Awards - folk: "Release of the year" and "Composer of the year". We are very happy and proud of the recognition!
The awardshow will be held in Tønder, Denmark on November 26th. See all the nominees here
Tønder Festival 2017 confirmed!
Tue 1 Nov
We have the honour to annuonce that we are playing Tønder Festival 2017. The amazing singers from The Vocal ensemble GLAS will join us for this concert. Check out the other artist at:
Afenginn is now announced as one of the acts to perform at Roskilde Festival 2017! We are extremely happy to return to this amazing festival with an extended lineup to perform OPUS. Looking so much forward!
OPUS now on Spotify!
Wed 26 Oct
OPUS is now available for streaming on all platforms. Check it out!
Port Fairy (AUS) announced!
Tue 25 Oct
Now it's official: Afenginn will be returning to Australia in March 2017. First announcement is Port Fairy Folk Festival where we will be performed alongside our friends from the Netherlands: Bazzookas and our friends from Australia: The Crooked Fiddle Band...among many many others! Looking very much forward to our third tour down under. Yey!!
We've just uploaded a new video with some footage from our last couple of shows on the OPUStour - spiced up with some shots from some previous festivals. Check it out!
OPUSTOUR in DK, FO and AU this autumn
Tue 6 Sep
This autumn we're kicking off the OPUStour with shows in Denmark, Faroe Islands and Austria and we're looking extremely much forward to present the new music live. The music has been growing and evolving since we recorded it - kind of a snapshot from where and what it was at that particular time about a full year ago now. Since then we've played it live and been rehearsing with the OPUStour lineup to find an expression that it wants live. Some forms are extended, some dynamics are different, some voicings have been changed and so on.
The musical backbone of this tour will be the music from OPUS together with a some tunes from some of the other albums, that we haven't played in a long time. So in many ways it's very exciting to get on the road and present all this music for you. These are the venues:
Our new album OPUS has been getting overwhelming reviews in both Danish and international media and this might have been affecting the sales. The first edition of OPUS on CD sold out in less than four months after the release. We've ordered more and now the shelves are again loaded with OPUS cds ready to be shipped out to the world.
We're in beautiful Würzburg at the moment, getting ready to fire off another Choirnevale concert at Würzburg Hafensommer. This is the last concert we will be doing as a Choirnevale for a while, and what a spectacular scenery we've got! The stage is floating on the river Main, and the rehearsals with NEW FUTURE choir has been teriffic, so the ingredients are there for a wonderful evening.
The show starts at 21:30 tonight, August 2nd.
More info HERE
Midnight-concert at Copenhagen Jazzfestival
Thu 30 Jun
We're playing one concert during the Copenhagen Jazzfestival 2016. It's a midnight concert at Bartof Station starting at 00:30 on Saturday night, July 2nd. Technically on July 3rd - the night between Saturday and Sunday, that is. We'll be performing a broad variety of material from our back catalogue.
Photo: Ditte Valente / ROCKPHOTO from Roskilde Festival 2010
OPUS in the World Music Charts Europe!
Thu 2 Jun
OPUS has entered into the Top 20 of World Music Charts Europe at the 19th place, hooray! The list is updated once a month by radio-Worldmusic-specialists from twentyfour European countries and it is a great honour for us to be in it. Last time Afenginn was in the charts was with Akrobakkus in 2006.
And that's not all. For the second month OPUS is also listed in the Transglobal World Music Charts at #35 (up from #40). Good June news for us!
Last Sunday we celebrated to the release of OPUS with a concert in Copenhagen where we performed a 60+ minutes long "extract" from our new album, with no less than 19 musicians on stage. The Royal Danish Theatre Playhouse was packed and the atmosphere electric. It was truly joyful to be able to perform the album with so many amazing people. To be continued...!!!
See some pictures by Daniel Buchwald in the gallery section here
Release concert in Copenhagen
Sat 21 May
On Sunday, May 22nd we are throwing a release concert/party at The Royal Danish Theatre Playhouse in Copenhagen. Link to map here. The concert starts at 16:30 at we will play for about an hour, performing music from OPUS with an extended lineup with up to 19 musicians on stage. Two drummers, marimba/piano, strings, brass, choir...not boring!
On top of it all the concert is free of charge and suitable for all members of society, ranging from children to full grown, women to men and everything in between. Welcome!
The reviews from OPUS are starting to roll in and the album has been very well received so far. We've got a bunch of them translated into english and here's a few exctracts:
GLITTERHOUSE (DE): "...That music like this can be so enjoyable, in spite of the fact that you could consider it – at least partially – as “difficult” and enormously elaborate, is quite a gift! Big recommendation!"
MUSIK AN SICH (DE): "...they have created a little matchless masterpiece
...Opus isn’t just ambitious, it is also a new peak in Afenginn’s musical development.
...long-lasting enjoyment, an exciting record even at the 10th listen..."
SOUND AND IMAGE (DE): "...The wealth of expression ranges from quiet moments to anthemic eruptions, all arranged in good style and played in an almost graphic way. Simply fantastic!"
Friday the 13th of May OPUS was released in Denmark! The release was celebrated with a really good and productive rehearsal for our release concert at the Royal Danish Theatre's Playhouse on May 22nd. We'll perform with 19 musicians on stage: two drummer, marimba, clarinet, violin, mandolin, cello/bass, string section, brass section, vocals and female choir. Free entry!
The German radio station "Radio Dreyeckland" featured OPUS in their program "Keine Heimat" last week and played the whole disc 2. That's all of 3rd and 4th movement/part, about 40 minutes of new Afenginn music. Uplifting to learn that they take the time to dig deeper and present bigger chunks. Thanks a lot!
The program is still available for a few hours when I'm writing this. Check this LINK
Drama in Dresden
Sun 1 May
We had a more exciting day than totally necessery in Dresden the other day. Some 20km before arriving in the beautiful city, the gearbox in our van broke down and could only be driven in 1st and 3rd gear. Not that convenient. So there we came rolling into the parking at the impressive Dreikönigkirche in 1st gear. Luckily it is a Volkswagen van and after a few calls with sweaty palms explaining the problem in automobil german we managed to find a VW mechanic that could take it in late Friday night. The van was dragged away while we were playing and next morning we got a call that it was ready and good to go again. German effeciancy top klasse!
Six shows down, four to go
Sat 30 Apr
We’ve been on the road for a little more than a week now, with six shows behind us and four to come. It’s been truly adventurous to work on the new music day after day, find new aspects and develop it as an organism. In a way it always feels like the music is truly revealing itself after it has been recorded and thoroughly been worked through and put down on a album. It’s first when we start playing the material live that we can actually for real start figuring out the different nuances and emotions that live within the music, and what the music wants to express. And that’s where we are now, in the beginning of that journey. Very rewarding and great fun!
In a few days we're hitting the road again! It's been a while and I'm personally looking very much forward to go on tour again. Many things are new on this tour:
First of all we'll be playing A LOT of new music from our upcoming release OPUS. We've been working on translating the album to a live version and rehearsing like good scoutsboys and it'll be great fun to play it all live. Tomorrow we're having a production rehearsal and will hopefully get the last things sorted.
Apart from the music, we're going with a slightly new line-up as well.
- On the drums we'll have Knut Finsrud, one of the two drummers on OPUS. He's been touring with us before, so he's not new in that sense. An amazing drummer!
- On the double bass you'll meet Nils Bo Davidsen, as a stand in for Erik who recently had a little baby. Nils plays a lot with Knut in the Simon Toldam Trio, a fantastic band - check them out! He's been on tour with us a couple of years ago also and it's good to have these two as a solid base.
- On clarinet we'll have Kristoffer Nybye, the youngest in the group and some kind of prodigy - there's hope for the world!
- Alexander Kraglund will be playing the violin and viola. We've been playing together in other bands, but not in Afenginn and it's such a great pleasure to experience his talent and focus in this constellation.
- The marimba will feel the love from Kaare Munkholm. Kaare has been playing all our Choirnevale shows and was in the core of the recording of OPUS and is real a treasure to have on the team.
- Roma Komar will be taking care of making the sound as pleasant as possible to listen to and
- I'll be playing the mandolin and mandola. Hooray hooray! Hope to see you out there // Kim
Pre-orders out to the world
Fri 25 Mar
The fresh OPUS CDs have arrived from the factory and the first batch of the pre-orders are sent out, hopefully in time for Easter...at least the more local orders. There has been interest for our new release from different places in the world, and so far we've sent out to Denmark, Finland, Russia, Netherlands and Japan.
It feels so good to finally get the music out, hope that it will be well received!
OPUS (our upcoming album, remember?) is consisting of four movements of ca 20 minutes each. The first movement is divided into 6 smaller parts. Each part with a title and a small life of its own. The 4th track in the 1st movement is called Luna Televisio and sounds like this:
luna televisio, levi satellit // loco tempesto, Laura inherit // Leo inhibit, lava expedit // luna televisio terror implicit
luna televisio, data satellit // pornormalus Elvis sodomit // Ella inhibit, Eva expedit // luna televisio, tauno subterrit
luna pandivisio, inanimus teknit // nix orbus actio, binus unit // unus fallifist, nulli hola trist // luna televisio, plaga ben satis
luna propevisio, domus culinaris // tellus ex luna, lucia turbatis // omaha dubis, Deus insadist // luna televisio, omnipotent statist
Break out the champagne and all the cookies - there's a new website on the interwebs!
It's pleasure to present the totally rebuilt afenginn.dk. Take surf around the different corners, listen to some music - old stuff in the albums section and brand new in the player up in the right corner - see list of shows and check the locations out on the map (how cool is that?!), sign up for the newsletter and drop a golden coin in the donate bucket (for eternal happiness and prosperity)...Hope you like it and will check in often for updates and stuff!
OPUS - the 6th album from Afenginn will be released on April 29th by Westpark Music!
Documentary about the making of the album now online. Check it out!
More info soon
Lonely Danish buttercake
Thu 10 Mar
After many months of working in the studio, the band is out on grass for a one off show in Svendborg!
Many things are happening behind the scenes at the moment and we are getting ready to presenting some very new stuff from our camp. The last many months we've been laying low and not really playing many gigs. That's why it's quite special to get on stage in Svendborg tonight and get the music out there where it's real. We have some of the new stuff on the setlist for tonight and will be bringing two drummers, which is exciting!
Send LUX to your loved ones (or your future self) with a personal message!
While we're pottering away on our new album and waiting for it to materialize, we have a special offer for ya'll:
Instead of sending friends and family a Christmas card or gift or something, you can send a LUX CD with a handwritten personal message, either to yourself (if you want to cheer up your future self) or as a surprise to any of your loved ones. It can be totally anonymous or with a cheers from you. Just write (max 20 words) in the message fields and we'll write it on the CD and ship it to the address you want. Right now we do it for a very special prize: 70 DKK incl shipping in Denmark, 10,70 € incl shipping in EU and 12 € overseas.
Use the link: Digipack with goldfoil "Send as gift"HERE (we don't need the recipient's email, btw)
Working on a new album
Thu 10 Mar
New album in the making!
The last couple of months we have been working on new music for our forthcoming sixth album.
We've had a couple of weeks in the amazing Studio 3 in the old national radiohouse in Copenhagen (nowadays the music conservatory) and the basic tracks are in the box.
It's a big chunk and still need quite a lot of work, but getting there. Prepare for lots of new Afenginn music in the start of 2016!