Going Underground Copenhagen: November 2013

Going Underground

November began with a vicious storm that ripped off a few roofs, flung some trees and sett the social media world with tweets and updates documenting its short, emblematic existence and announcing the intent of the coming winter rather pronouncedly. It’s unlikely to get any warmer or brighter for the next few months, but to some relief, there are quite a few events worth popping our heads out of our burrows for. These are the best of the lot:

Saturday 16th November 21:00, Fuck Buttons, Pumpehuset, 200 Kr

The Pump house is enjoying something of a renaissance lately, having hosted the likes of Amanda Palmer and other marquee names that add a sheen of quality to their artist roster. Next on the list is Bristolian experimental duo, Fuck Buttons, two lads who’ve been inspired by the endeavours of legends such as Aphex Twin and Mogwai to craft a vicious sound that mimics the scream of a dark night sky torn by a thousand shards of glass. Such obscurity is what led them to perform at the Olympics opening ceremony last year as part of film director Danny Boyle’s soundtrack (needless to say their atmospheric sound would be right at home in his well known drug film, Trainspotting).

Saturday 16th November: 21:00, Joris Voorn, Culture Box, 50 kr

Joris Voorn is one of the most revered names in the house music industry today. The Dutch deejay has entertained audiences the world over, including memorable shifts on the electronic music Mekka of Europe, Ibiza. His uptempo productions are of the more memorable sort and carry themselves with a distinctive euphoric quality. For one of Copenhagen’s only nights dedicated purely to house music, Culture Box’s “What Happens” is about as appropriate a stage for the Dutchman to set things alight from. Voorn will be joined by the godfather of house music in Denmark, Tim Andresen; a man with a rivaling Ibiza portfolio who stayed true to his roots and pushed the local house music agenda on a scene that has ignored the genre for many years when he could easily have continued touring the planet.

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Joris Voorn (source : Resident advisor)

Saturday 30th November : 22:00, Gang Do Eletro, 70 kr

Gang Do Eletro are an outfit from Belém, Pará, in the North of Brazil, whose music is a fusion of Caribbean, electro and drum n bass influences accompanied by rap-esque vocals. It’s very much music from the streets and therefore, rooted in the heart and soul of Brazilian culture. A refreshing take on South America, Gang Do Eletro are exactly the sort of group you should be listening to in the middle of a cold winter.

Tuesday 3rd December: 20:00, GoGol Bordello, 280 kr

GoGol Bordello are one of the pioneering bands within Balkan Beat. Based in New York, the balkan orchestra have one of the best live shows around; sweat-drenched chaos that showcases multiculturalism through sarcasm, humour, wit and sheer noise. Veterans of sorts on the scene, GoGol Bordello have played at numerous festivals, from Coachella to Roskilde, so expect a seasoned, albeit unpredictable live show to the sounds of a paraphernalia of instruments of which a searing violin takes centre stage.

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GoGol Bordello (Source : Sabotagetimes.com)


Sunday 8th December: 15:00, Pavana extrapolations, Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Free

Lucy Azizan, Nicklas Schmidt and Berit Johansen Tange are two of the brightest sparks to have emerged from the royal music conservatory in recent times. Pavana Extrapolations is a presentation of Schmidt’s work, which will fill the better part of the afternoon’s entertainment whilst the rest will be taken care of by a showcase of Azizan’s and Tange’s forthcoming CD which will be released next year.

Monday 9th December: 21:00 Vieux Farka Touré, 110 kr

Mali has graced world music with the likes of Amadou & Mariam, Tinariwen and Ali Farka Touré, (who Martin Scorsese once lauded as the DNA of blues music.) Vieux Farka Touré is Ali’s son and the man who’ll carry his legacy on for years to come. Gifted with similar prowess on the guitar, Vieux’s music is not only mesmerizing to listen to,it also epitomizes the struggles against subversion and religiously anchored, politically-propelled ruling regimes in Mali, many of which have been unkind to the arts, as most tyrannical reigns are. 


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Vieux Farka Toure (Source NY times.com)




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