To be RELEASED on October 11th 2019

In Klingra, Afenginn’s composer and bandleader Kim Rafael Nyberg has crafted a gentle yet fervent post-classical exploration into the temperament of intertwined cycles. Both the music and poetry (in Faroese) are composed by using interlocked cyclical patterns. Like the gears in a clock the parallel themes intersect at points, creating contracted dissonance or lifting consonance. The overarching experience is deeply contemplative and melancholic, with a light of emancipation always just ahead.

★★★★★★ – Gaffa (DK – translated)

“The music is solemn and absolutely beautiful. It moves in fascinating cycles, all contributing to the experience that everything is thought through,  and that this is an absolute North Atlantic masterpiece – thanks to the strength of the compositions, the excellent texts (by Danjal at Neystabø), the full orchestra management, the instrumental virtuosity and the otherwise excellent production.”

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With a sound palette of two pianos, a string quartet (The Danish String Quartet), pedal steel guitar, synth bass and two drummers supporting the haunting vocals of Ólavur Jákupsson (Yann Tiersen), Klingra’s eight tracks flow one into the other, rippling with layers of ostinatos of unequal lengths, leading to a feeling of constantly being driven forward on an obscured path. The listener can be excited by both the mathematical design of the music as well as the raw emotional expression.

The lyrics by Dánjal á Neystabø speak of the inescapable highs and lows in life’s journey. The refrain, “Vit bresta til jarðar og støkka til himmals” (We crash to the ground and spring to the sky) sets the tone and is elaborated with phrases like, “Klivin um klettar/brínd inn á bein/brostin til jarðar/stokkin til himmals/Fann teg við ánna krógvaði teg/fyri tíðini” (Climbed over boulders/ground to the bone/ crashed to the earth/sprung to the sky/found you by the river/hiding from time).

Vinyl has as well been utilized as a compositional tool. Two different introductions are pressed into parallel grooves on the record, offering the listener two alternate listening experiences depending on where the needle begins on the circle. The B side ends with a closed loop that musically brings one back to the start of the album. It’s also available digitally and on CD with a different track ordering.

The team of musicians on Klingra come from many corners of the Nordic countries. From The Faroe Islands there is Teitur and Dánjal á Neystabø on pianos, Mikael Blak (Eivør) on bass, and Ólavur Jákupsson (Yann Tiersen) singing in Faroese. From Norway the percussionist Knut Finsrud, from Denmark Niels Skovmand on violin, Ulrik Brohuus on drums and guest appearance by The Danish String Quartet, and from Finland the composer Kim Rafael Nyberg.

Genre: post-classical, contemporary classical, post-rock, nordic

  1. Skjálvtin (the Impact) 06:50
  2. Litirnir (the Colours) 04:25
  3. Himnakropparnir (Celestial Bodies) 03:41
  4. Ivin (the Doubt) 05:46
  5. Vitin (the Lighthouse) 06:25
  6. Skapanin (the Creation) 04:39
  7. Tøkkin (the Thanking) 03:55
  8. Eftirskjálvtin (the Aftershock) 07:14

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September 2019

Kedelhuset, Silkeborg, Denmark

October 2019

Victoriateatern, Malmö, Sweden

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Drauget, Asnæs, Denmark

Huset, Aalborg, Denmark

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Novgorod, Novgorod, Russian Federation

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Saint Petersburg, Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation

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Sendesaal, Bremen, Germany

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UT Connewitz, Leipzig, Germany

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Moritzhof, Magdeburg, Germany

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Dexter, Odense, Denmark

Nygadehuset, Aabenraa, Denmark

Svendborg Teater, Svendborg, Denmark

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Lange Nacht, Feldkirchen, Austria

Tivoli, Copenhagen, Denmark

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Råhuset, Copenhagen, Denmark

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Kulturloftet, Ebeltoft, Denmark

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Gentofte Bibliotek, Hellerup, Denmark

Studenterhuset, Odense, Denmark

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TBA, Helsingør, Denmark

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