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Afenginn

Messinavej 5, St.tv
2300 Copenhagen
Denmark

http://www.afenginn.com

AFENGINN

With their ten years, five full lenght albums, numerous grants and awards and around 500 high octane shows worldwide, Afenginn is one

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AFENGINN BIOGRAPHY

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 of 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 programme music-like pieces to jagged up-tempo numbers in odd time signatures, always with the special rhythmic and melodic finesse which characterises 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 orchestra, 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, actor and choir.

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

4th album "Bastard Etno" (2010) was chosen "World Album of the Year 2010" in DK. Concept album "Reptilica Polaris" (2008) featuring 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.

FAST INFO AND HIGHLIGHTS

DISCOGRAPHY
2013: Lux (Westpark Music)
2010: Bastard Etno (Westpark Music)
2008: Reptilica Polaris (TUTL)
2006: Akrobakkus (TUTL)
2004: Retrograd (TUTL)
2003: Tivoli Invaliid (EP, own release)

LINE UP
Rasmus Krøyer: clarinets
Niels Skovmand: violin
Kim Rafael Nyberg: mandolins
Erik Olevik: bass, contrabass
Rune Kofoed: drums

GRANTS and AWARDS
"World Album of the Year 2010", Danish Music Award (Bastard Etno)
"Contemporary Folk Artist 2009", Danish Music Award (Reptilica Polaris)
"Young Elite 2009-11", Danish Arts Council
"World Album of the Year 2005", Danish Music Award (Retrograd)
Various grants from:
Danish Arts Council / Nordic Cultural Fund / Danish Artist Union / Danish Musicians Union / DJBFA / KODA


SELECTED SHOWS

SCANDINAVIA

Roskilde Festival (Denmark)
Tønder Festival (Denmark)
Urkult Festival (Sweden)
Vossa Jazz (Norway)
By:Larm (Norway)
Etnosoi Festival (Finland)
G! Festival (Faroe Islands)

EUROPE

St. Gallen Open Air (Switzerland)
Dranouter Festival (Belgium)
Klezmore Festival (Austria)
TradIt Festival (Netherlands)
World Village Festival (EST)
BIG WORLD
Penang World Music Festival (Malaysia)
SXSW (Austin, USA)
DaNy Arts (New York, USA)
...and many more.

PRESS ABOUT AFENGINN

"They've developed into a world class eccentric group, even though there's little of Denmark in their sound. Take them for what they are, which is wonderful, and enjoy. Pure madness."
Sing Out!

"They're shockingly good, with imaginations and technique that won't quit. If there's justice, they'll be huge."
fRoots

"Original supershow! Afenginn delivered, and much more. Much much more."
Gaffa (live review from Roskilde Festival)

BIGGER PROJECTS

2013: CHOIRNEVALE. International project with choir-collaboration

2012: DECENNIALE. 10-years anniversary theater concert with scenography, choir, dancer and guest-musicians.

2010: SOMA. Ballet at Bellevue Summerballet, Denmark

2009: REPTILICA POLARIS TOUR. Tour with brass-section, singers and guestmusicians
performing the complete album Reptilica Polaris.

2008: DANY ARTS. Collaboration with Frank London in New York

2005: AFENGINN IN SYMPHONY. Concerts with a complete symphony orchestra performing Afenginn's music.



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