|Nov 25, 2014||Old Museum, Brisbane - All Ages|
|Nov 27, 2014||City Recital Hall Angel Place, Sydney - All Ages|
|Nov 28, 2014||Elisabeth Murdoch Hall - Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne - All Ages|
DANISH SONGSTRESS ANNOUNCES PERFORMANCES IN BRISBANE, SYDNEY + MELBOURNE
Frontier Touring can confirm that Danish singer/songwriter Agnes Obel will bring her masterful skills behind the piano and in front of the mic to audiences in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne this November.
Marking the first time the talented songstress will tour Australia, Agnes will perform in the unique setting of The Old Museum in Brisbane, City Recital Hall Angel Place in Sydney and Elisabeth Murdoch Hall in Melbourne for a series of shows that promise to be utterly unforgettable.
With her mother a brilliant musician and her father a collector of instruments, it’s only natural that Agnes mastered the piano from a very young age. By the release of debut album Philharmonics (Out now through [PIAS] Australia, watch the clip for single ‘Riverside’ here) in 2010 Agnes was announced as a force to be reckoned with. Drawing comparisons to Joni Mitchell, Carole King and admitted influence French composer Erik Satie, Philharmonics sold over 450,000 copies across Europe. It achieved Platinum status in France and Belgium, Gold in Holland and five times platinum in her native Denmark, where it spent seven consecutive weeks at #1. Philharmonics saw Agnes picked up five Danish Music Awards (the Danish Brits) in 2011 for Best Album Of The Year, Best Pop Release Of The Year, Best Debut Artist Of The Year, Best Female Artist Of The Year and Best Songwriter Of The Year.
Second album Aventine (out now through [PIAS] Australia, watch the clip for single The Curse here) cemented Agnes’ place as a masterful composer, perfectly framing her piano and vocals with cello for a deeper, richer sound that never compromised the delicate intimacy that had made her debut so unique. Agnes said of Aventine "I recorded everything quite closely, miking everything closely in a small room, with voices here, the piano here – everything is close to you. So it's sparse, but by varying the dynamic range of the songs I could create almost soundscapes. I was able to make something feel big with just these few instruments”. Aventine once again scored Agnes a #1 in her homeland and reached top ten albums charts all through Europe, also soaring to #28 on the US Billboard Top Heatseekers chart. If critics weren’t already paying attention to Agnes, they were now, as Aventine collected near universal acclaim.
‘The lyrics are impressionistic sketches, suggesting she saved the real firepower for the exquisite arrangements: sculpting strings and piano into beautifully melancholy ripples. Like Ane Brun and Seventh Tree-era Alison Goldfrapp, Obel is exceedingly good at conveying weariness and disorientation through sound… A wonderful autumn album.’ – The Guardian ★★★★
‘This album is simply stunning and, if possible, even more captivating than her first album. 'Aventine' is nothing short of mesmerising and it is clear that this 'difficult second album' will live up to expectation and could quite possibly surpass the success of its predecessor.’
– Contact Music 5/5
But Agnes is as adept a performer as she is a composer and once on-stage can translate the intimacy and tension of her harmonies into a spellbinding display of raw talent and a master class of live performance:
‘Tonight was more than just a concert, it was a near religious experience. Agnes is a rare mythical creature; a beautifully tormented creative soul living in a world of magical fairytale who I feel is worthy of all the great successes that will surely continue to come her way.’ – Bristol Live Magazine
‘At the close, the audience’s reverent attention exploded into rapturous acclaim.’ – Financial Times ★★★★
‘The UK is slowly figuring out what northern Europe has known for a while – that Copenhagen-born, Berlin-based classically trained pianist and singer Agnes Obel is a master of her craft with a bright future ahead of her.’ – The Guardian ★★★★
Agnes also recently returned to SXSW this year to perform a celebrated showcase that the Austin Chronicle called “both fiercely feminine and deeply powerful”.
Having mesmerised audiences throughout Europe, Agnes Obel’s Australian performances are a rare opportunity to see a remarkable talent in an exceptional venue.
Tuesday 25 November Brisbane | Old Museum (All Ages)
Thursday 27 November Sydney | City Recital Hall (All Ages)
Friday 28 November Melbourne | Elisabeth Murdoch Hall (All Ages)
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