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It was supposed to be a “strange celebration”, not a funeral: The last concert of Efterklang as we have known them, taking place in Sønderborg on the island of Als, their original home.
And they succeeded in presenting their band career in a nutshell within one night: Songs from all of their four albums, the co-operation with an orchestra (this time Sønderjyllands Symfoniorkester), Vincent Moon shooting them again as in their film An Island, the collecting of sounds like in their other film, The Ghost Of Piramida, the costumes from the Parades concerts - and many playful details.
Efterklang have always come up with new ideas, for example the “private-public screenings" of their films and "efterpost" between their audiences. This time they introduced "mini concerts" during the break, for example Katinka Fogh Vindelev singing, Tatu Rönkkö drumming and Sønderjysk Pigekor giving a choir performance. The program that was handed out to the audience after the show, had been printed on the backside of music sheets of arrangements of Efterklang songs, which the band had found in their Berlin studio.
They also managed to surprise again: They premiered two songs together with spoken-word artist Daniel Givens (10 years after writing them together) and included a tradional song in the local dialect alsisk, sung by the alderman of the dialect guild Hans Jørgen Clausen, accompanied by Peter Broderick on violin.
My personal hightlight was the power of silence within the song “Cutting Ice To Snow”. Despite paying so much attention to detail, Efterklang luckily were as playful as ever and not perfectionist.
After long standing ovations, the band gave their encore in the foyer of the Alsion concert hall, an acoustic version of Alike, one more time performed together with their parents.
During the concert, singer Casper Clausen didn’t really know what words to say on the occasion of that special last show. But after the last note, he and the rest of the band spent much time talking to their fans. They had come from 12 different countries, even Japan and the US, to be part of this fond farewell. Tourist tips for Sønderborg and many hugs were given.
I feel happy,humble and grateful to have witnessed six different live shows with Efterklang. Now I am curious to see what the future of the band will bring.Source: Flickr / giesenbauer
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