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Enjoy some Finnish music this spring

5.2.2016 by

A wide range of Finnish musicians and bands are visiting Denmark this spring. Have a look! This list will be updated, so stay tuned.

Duo Naranjo-Weurlander

On February 11th Finnish/Chilean Duo Naranjo-Weurlander is preforming at Klaverfabrikken Live in Hillerød. The duo was brought together by their shared love for Tango Nuevo. Minna Weurlander represents the Finnish tradition of harmonica and tango. Tania Naranjo is an established Chilean pianist and singer. Together they combine two different cultures into a shared musical experience, that has been described as dramatic, playful, romantic and melancholic, pure and simple.

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Duo Naranjo-Weurlander. Photo: CPB Fotografi

K-X-P

On March the 5th electronic rock band K-X-P from Helsinki will preform at Musik Loppen in Copenhagen. In their music they mix electronics, kraut, noise, synthpop, postpunk and even techno to create their unique from of esoteric space rock. The band is noted for an intense live performance featuring costumes, audience interaction and experimentation with different instruments. You do not want to miss this!

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K-X-P. Photo: K-X-P

 Amorphis

Also on March the 5th, Amorphis will play at Amager Bio. Since founded in 1990 the Finnish heavy metal band has won international renown. The band is known for mixing traditional heavy, death and doom metal with folk, progressive and psychedelic elements. After the concert in Copenhagen, Amorphis will continue to Aarhus, where you have the chance to see them on March the 14th at Voxhall.

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Amorphis. Photo: Ville Juurikkala

Michael Monroe

March the 11th brings Finland’s legendary glam rocker Michael Monroe to High Voltage in Copenhagen. As the front figure of 80s glam rock band Hanoi Rocks, he has brought a great deal of inspiration to bands like Guns N’ Roses and Mötley Crüe. The venue describes the up coming concert as the biggest and most important booking so far. This concert will be a perfect opportunity to experience, what has been described as, some of the best glam punk and sleaze metal ever made.

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Michael Monroe. Photo: Ville Juurikkala

Hexvessel

March the 22nd brings psychedelic folk rock band Hexvessel to BETA in Copenhagen. Their music is inspired by folklore and paganism and their sound is an interesting mix of elements of metal, folk and psychedelic rock from the 1970s. Their concert at BETA will be a great chance to experience the enchanted Finnish forest at a concert venue.

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Hexvessel. Photo: Tekla Vály

Ensiferum

On April the 7th metal band Ensiferum from Helsinki will take over Amager Bio in Copenhagen. Ensiferum is still going strong after being part of the European metal scene for almost 20 years. They describe their music as melodic folk metal with lyrical themes related to fantastical or historic stories and Nordic mythologies.

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Ensiferum. Photo: Ensiferum

Frost Festival

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Liima, 2015 Photo: Thomas M. Jauk

February brings Frost Festival to Copenhagen. From 5th to 26th of February the festival presents a series of curated concerts and events in unique settings around the capital city. The aim of the festival is to match the performing artists with the right venues and to push the boundaries for live music. This year’s festival line up includes Finnish/Danish collaboration band Liima.

Liima was formed when Danish band Efterklang teamed up with Finnish percussionist Tatu Rönkkö. During the festival Liima will be taking up a three-day residency at Hotel Astoria. From 16th to 18th of February they will be composing and presenting new material in the hotel’s former basement restaurant. During their stay the audience does not only have the opportunity to hear the band perform, but also join them for rehearsals. Hotel Astoria has also made a hotel room available for private listening sessions with material from Liima’s upcoming album.

Read more about the concerts and the festival here.

Robert Lucander at Galerie Mikael Andersen

12.1.2016 by

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Since last week we have been back in office! This year started with a visit to the opening of Robert Lucander’s solo exhibition Lack at Galerie Mikael Andersen. The exhibition presents new works by the Finnish artist based in Berlin.

Lucander is known for his figurative paintings that mix elements of popular culture, creating compositions that shift from the highly recognizable to the abstract and mysterious. Lucander’s works are often very subjective, reflecting different emotions, enabling diverse interpretations.

 

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One of the outstanding themes of the exhibition is the relationship between past and present and the possibilities of new beginnings. By painting over old works Lucander has created new ones. With the old motifs still partly visible, the old works are reborn to the present, some of them reflecting current social issues.

The name of the exhibition comes from the lacquer paint used in the artworks. According to the artist the shiny quality of the paint is an important part of his new production.

The exhibition can be visited at Galerie Mikael Andersen from the 7th of January until the 13th of February.

NJORD New Nordic Music Biennale

11.1.2016 by
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Kaija Saariaho, 2011 Photo: Priska Ketterer

Colours, light, sound and visuals will soon take over Copenhagen as the new festival, NJORD New Nordic Music Biennale takes place for the first time, from January 28th until February 1st, 2016. The festival offers the audience five intense days with high profile musicians from Finland, Denmark, Iceland, France and Switzerland. The festival’s composer-in-residence is the award-winning Finnish composer, Kaija Saariaho, who is one of the most important contemporary composers of our time, known for her transparent and expressive soundscapes. NJORD 2016 will present the largest presentation of Saariaho’s work in Denmark so far, including a piece ordered by NJORD and performed on the opening night, Thursday, January 28th as well as pieces performed together with other composers’ pieces and visual art. Another festival highlight is the big Finnish ensemble, Avanti!, consisting of 19 musicians – one of the best contemporary music ensembles in the world – that will be performing for the first time ever in Denmark. Avanti! will play in the opening performance on Thursday, January 28th where Kaija Saariaho’s La Passion de Simone is on the programme, as well as on Friday the 29th, performing new Nordic pieces together with the Danish cellist, Jakob Kullberg.

 

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Avanti! Chamber Orchestra. Photo: Marco Borggreve

In addition to great music, NJORD Biennale also has art on the programme, and has ordered a new piece by the Finnish artist, Raija Malka. Malka’s architectural installation and Kaija Saariaho’s radiophonic piece Stilleben (1987-88) are the basis for the installation STILLEBEN that will be exhibited in Maskinhallen byt the Botanical Garden.  The vernissage for the installation is on Saturday, January 30th at 16-18. After that the installation is open for public on Saturdays and Sundays at 10-16, until February 28th. There is free entry to the installation.

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Raija Malka. Photo: Risto Nieminen

 

 

The whole programme for NJORD Biennale – including six world premieres in four different venues – information about all the musicians as well as ticket info can be seen here.

God jul – Hyvää joulua – Merry Christmas!

18.12.2015 by

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Suomen Tanskan kulttuuri-instituutti toivottaa kaikille oikein hyvää joulua ja onnellista uutta vuotta! Nähdään 2016!

The Finnish Cultural Institute in Denmark wishes you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! See you in 2016!