With their twelve years, five full lenght albums, numerous grants and awards and around 600 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.
NEW ALBUM: LUX
The fifth full length album from Afenginn is named LUX and will be released worldwide on January 28 2013. LUX is following the award winning "Bastard Etno" from 2010 and the release will be accompanied with tours in Europe throughout 2013.
For more info about LUX, see the press area
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
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)
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
Roskilde Festival (Denmark)
Tønder Festival (Denmark)
Urkult Festival (Sweden)
Vossa Jazz (Norway)
Etnosoi Festival (Finland)
G! Festival (Faroe Islands)
St. Gallen Open Air (Switzerland)
Dranouter Festival (Belgium)
Klezmore Festival (Austria)
TradIt Festival (Netherlands)
World Village Festival (EST)
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."
"They're shockingly good, with imaginations and technique that won't quit. If there's justice, they'll be huge."
"Original supershow! Afenginn delivered, and much more. Much much more."
Gaffa (live review from Roskilde Festival)
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.