When Efterklang premiered their fourth album, Piramida, to a sold out audience at the Sydney Opera House with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra last year, it gave birth to The Piramida Concerts - a special presentation of the record that had been orchestrally arranged by fellow Dane Karsten Fundal and New York composer Missy Mazzoli. They have since performed it this way a further 14 times, including sold out performances at London’s Barbican with the Northern Sinfonia and New York’s Metropolitan Museum concert hall with The Wordless Music Orchestra.
Allowing the band to present a different side to the record, they decided to commit one of the performances to tape. Fittingly they chose the concert they played in their native Copenhagen to be the one. Recorded live at the city's Royal Academy of Music Concert Hall in October 2012, the end result is this live album, The Piramida Concert.
Over the course of two sold-out nights, Efterklang - plus Peter Broderick, Katinka Fogh Vindelev and Budgie (Siouxsie and The Banshees) - teamed up with the 33-strong Copenhagen Phil orchestra and German conductor André de Ridder to perform Piramida in its entirety. The live performance also included 'So', a song written during recording sessions for the album, and 'Vælv', a classical piece commissioned by the band and composed by Karsten Fundal.
The Piramida Concert is out now and is available whilst stocks last as a limited edition, deluxe double gatefold vinyl (one black, one white + CD inside), designed by Danish artists Hvass&Hannibal. It is also available to buy as a download.
Efterklang have a very busy year of touring in Europe ahead of them. Ticket details can be found here.
21st - Parkbühne Geyserhaus, Leipzig, Germany
22nd - Best Kept Secret Festival, Hilvarenbeek, Netherlands
23rd - C/O Pop / Kölner Philharmonie, Colgne, Germany
6th - Roskilde Festival, Denmark
9th - Koncerthuset, Copenhagen, Denmark
10th - Talinn, Ee – Kadrioru Lossi, Lilleaias, Estonia
18th - Super Bock Super Rock Festival – Portugal
20th - Latitude Festival, UK
21st - Positivus Festival, Salacgriva, Latvia
25th - Boomtown Festival, Gent, Belgium
26th - Appletree Garden, Diepholz, Germany
27th - Burning Eagle Festival, Reutlingen, Germany
28th - Greenville Festival, Paaren Im Glien, Germany
3rd - TBA, Stockholm, Sweden
4th - Sommarscen, Malmö, Sweden
7th - Øya Festival, Oslo, No
8th - New Note Festival, Hillerød, Denmark
9th - Ypsigrock Festival, Sicily, Italy
10th - Haldern Pop Festival, Haldern, Germany
14th - Cour Du Cloitre, Vendôme, France
16th - La Route Du Rock, Saint-Malo, France
17th - Musikfestwochen, Winterthur, Switzerland
30th - End Of The Road Festival, North Dorset, UK
31st - Moseley Folk Festival, Birmingham, UK
4th – Aarhus Festuge, Denmark
28th - Reeperbahn Festival, Hamburg, Germany
25th - Cork Jazz Festival, Ireland