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Back from down under

Jan 28, 2014
Even though the emigration nerve began to tremble when confronted with the Tasmanian sun, we managed to get everyone back from Australia in one piece. Afenginn is back on European soil - 14 shows and some good scandinavian sunburns richer! Earlier this week we returned from our first trip to Australia and the tour goes straight into top-3 i...

With their ten years, five full-length albums, numerous grants and awards, and around 500 high-octane shows worldwide, Afenginn is one of the heavy players in the European field of contemporary world/folk music.

They are continuously seeking new borders and projects to push the limits of their music and are highly active on the live scene with numerous tours in the past years.

Formed in Copenhagen in 2002, Afenginn means intoxication and strength. With high tempo, great joy, and border-seeking musical ideas, Afenginn has built up a reputation for virtuosity and excellent live shows worldwide during the past ten years.

The group is inquisitive, playful, and imaginative and takes an anarchic approach to traditional musical structures. Their compositions range from lyrical, picturesque, and program music-like pieces to jagged up-tempo numbers in odd time signatures, always with the special rhythmic and melodic finesse which characterizes Afenginn. Their own term for the band's musical style is "Bastard Ethno."

Performing with artists such as Frank London from the Klezmatics and doing performances with symphony orchestras, Afenginn is always ambitious for new adventures. Another experiment was the ballet 'SOMA' - a large-scale modern ballet project created in 2010 at Bellevue Theatre in Copenhagen with the Cross Connection Ballet Company, based on Afenginn's music. Afenginn has received rave concert and album reviews, music awards, and grants. Among other things, the group participated in the "Young Elite" 2009-2011 program initiated by the Danish Arts Council for talented ambitious musicians. In 2012, the production 'Decenniale' was set up at Husets Teater in Copenhagen, celebrating the 10th anniversary of Afenginn, featuring guest musicians, scenography, an actor, and a choir.

The upcoming 5th album "LUX" is emphasizing the lyrical aerial beauty of light.

The 4th album "Bastard Etno" (2010) was chosen "World Album of the Year 2010" in Denmark. The concept album "Reptilica Polaris" (2008), featuring a male choir and brass section, was awarded "Contemporary Folk Artist 2009" at the Danish Folk Music Awards. "Akrobakkus" (2006) reached the World Music charts Europe in February 2007 and was nominated in several categories at the Danish Folk and World Music Awards. "Retrograd" (2004) was chosen "World Album of the Year" in 2005 at the Danish World Music Awards.
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