Going Underground: Underneath The Leaves

Going Underground | Underneath the leaves

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Allan Mutuku Kortbaek
October 13, 2013 – 14:25
Seasick Steve
Welcome to October: a month of glassy, glossy shades of maroon, steamy yellow and crackling falling leaves. Copenhagen’s underground is blossoming with different cultural events to suit many tastes as the best of the Indian summer lies ahead. Here’s the best of the bunch.
Imperial Tiger Orchestra
Tiger Orchestra are as Swiss as chocolat noir (if you’ll excuse the cheesy pun). Their music, however, is a trip down memory lane, revisiting the height of Ethiopian music magic of the late ‘60s and early ‘70s. Not too different to the legendary Mulatu Atstatke, expect heavily instrumental sequences and captivating sounds teeming with influences of the vast open African Savannah – all this in an intimate venue that allows for a wholeheartedly immersive experience.
Global CPH; Sat 26 Oct, 21:00; 70kr
Seasick Steve
Don’t let the price dissuade you, as Seasick Steve may well be one of the most unique musicians out there. An old-timer who began his career very late on, his blues recall stories of his youth when he lived the life of a veritable bohemian, jumping trains and living one day at a time. Seasick Steve (aka Steve Wold) has performed alongside the likes of John Lee Hooker and appeared on Jools Holland’s well known music show, and in addition to his guitar mastery, he has a tendency to intrigue audiences by playing his own homemade instruments as well.
Store Vega; Mon 21 Oct, 20:00; 200kr
Factory Floor
Factory Floor are a post-industrial band from London whose music has been said to draw on influences such as Joy Division and The Fall. In truth, it sounds more like a modern interpretation of the sort of music one would hear at legendary clubs like Manchester’s Hacienda in the early 1990s, fused with a cheeky sparkle of synth genius, driven industrial percussion and vocals that would be at home in an Andy Warhol film. Speaking of films, the concert is part of this year’s CPH:DOX festival, so expect visual eye candy that you’ll either love with reckless abandon or get sick of in an instant.
Lille Vega; Mon 14 Oct, 21:00; 150kr
Kissaway Trail
This gig is for all the indie and rock lovers out there. Danish band Kissaway Trail are a world-class act who have managed to master the mix of local popularity and international acclaim with aplomb, cultivating a driven rock sound that runs parallel to the efforts of indie heavyweights like Arcade Fire.  Fresh from gallivanting around the globe over the past couple of years, the trio from Odense come into this show high on the rush of their recently released album, Breach – the fourth member of their repertoire.
Rust; Sat 19 Oct, 21:00; 100kr
Majical Cloudz
Majical Cloudz are a Canadian duo who produce contemplative, minimalist arty sounds that one would expect to hear at an avant-garde art installation. Their hollow, furrowed approach straddles the domain of the creative, trippy, artistic and ghostly all at once – a daringly experimental direction that inspires in as much as it triggers light-headed contemplation. Once again, CPH:DOX  will be sorting out the visuals for this show, making for an immersive audiovisual experience in the deep waters of lo-fi, atmospheric sound bytes and misty visuals.
CPH Jazzhouse; Mon 21 Oct, 20:00; 80kr

Going Underground: Welcome to the pleasure dome

Going underground | Welcome to the pleasure dome

 

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pic: Edoardo Bottalico

 

April 6, 2013 – 10:00

Original article at: http://cphpost.dk/inout/going-underground-welcome-pleasure-dome

Last time around, the temperature outside was a frightful minus something, and in spite of a few flickers of optimism, the bleak, dank atmosphere of a standard savage Scandinavian winter was very much upon us. Fast forward a month and the snow and ice has returned with a vengeance, even though the sun is high in the sky these days and actually warms the skin when the wind abates. Spring is nigh, bringing with it the new-found optimism that tends to literally ‘light up’ Copenhagen. Here’s the best of what to expect from the start of the season:

Dome Of Visions
The architects and performance designers behind the dome of visions concept thought it would be cool to toy with the way we use our time and space in cities. Dome of Visions (DOV) is a 21m wide, 12m high Plexiglas dome that’s been smacked temporarily on the waterfront-edge of Krøyers Plads in Christianshavn, opposite the world’s best restaurant, Noma. There’s an event to suit all tastes over the next few months of the dome’s life in Copenhagen (it will be relocated to Aarhus in May), the highlight of which is the Danish DJ and musician Andreas Trentemøller’s performance on the 30th as part of the ‘Dusk to Dark’ series of experimental musical experiences at the DOV. Other events include ‘Cre-active spaces’ on May 2 (a networking event that unites urban planners, social entrepreneurs, urban gardeners and essentially anyone and everyone who has radically rethought space use in an open dialogue) and ‘waves of transformations’ (an audiovisual bombardment series that takes place once a fortnight). The walk there takes one past some of the old, romantic leaning houses along Christianshavn’s canals, so if you fancy a scenic stroll with entertainment at the end of it and a sneak peak at Noma from the outside, the DOV will surely be worth your while. For more info and specific event prices, check out the website. You’ll find that tickets to most events can, for the most part, only be purchased onsite and will probably do less than 100kr worth of damage to your wallet.
Expand your cultural horizons/Perform YOUR city
Various venues; runs through April; ticket prices mostly under 100kr; http://www.domeofvisions.dk

Dawda Jorbateh
If you’ve never heard a kora played live, then Dawada Jorbateh’s show at Loppen is a must-see. The Gambian will be backed by Danish guitarist Preben Carlsen and Ghanian bassist Nana Osibio and looks set to usher in the spring at Loppen in style with a concert that will probably showcase quite a few tracks of his new, highly-rated album, Northern Light Gambian Night. Originally a percussionist, Jorbateh has in recent years performed at Roskilde and carved a name out for himself on the world music scene after moving to Denmark a good few years ago.
Loppen, Christiania; April 14; 50kr

Rangleklods
Rangleklods’s music is better than his name suggests. The last few years have seen this electronic musician follow in the heavy-bass line shadows of the likes of fellow Danish artists Troels Abrahamsen, Veto and Vinnie Who. Rangleklods’s music consists of ephemeral vocals and instrumentation slapped wittily onto a foundation of thumping electronic beats. Like many other musicians du jour, Rangleklods has pulled off the in-vogue maneouvre of practising his trade in and seeking inspiration from Berlin, a move which seems to be paying off for him following the release of his debut album Beekeeper last year and a solid showing on Roskilde Festival’s Cosmopol Stage.
Rust, Guldbergsgade 8, Cph N; April 19; 120kr

Mames Babegenush,
Mames Babegenush sounds like the sort of band you’d hire at a wedding if you wanted things to steam up. The klezmer musicians produce exactly the sort of rattling, rowdy musical concoctions that’ll get most crowds jumping in no time. They aren’t all that established yet, so their gig at Rust will definitely be an opportunity for them to showcase their trade and make more of a name for themselves.
Rust; April 13; 100kr

Chronixx
At just 20 years of age, Jamaica’s Chronixx is a breath of fresh air in the dancehall world at the moment. Following in the steps of groups like the legendary TOK, Chronixx combines a traditional dancehall affiliation with powerful lyrics and a down-tempo edge. His Danish debut at Christiania’s Loppen will provide a welcome substitute for the popular Rub-a-Dub Sundays that have disappeared off the nightlife radar for the moment, depriving local reggae and dancehall enthusiasts of their weekly fix of Caribbean vibes.
Loppen; April 16; 180kr