Susanne Sundfør announces ‘Music For People In Trouble: Live From The Barbican’
“Considered, innovative and genuinely captivating, tonight feels like the opus of a musician who has truly mastered her field.” The Independent – 5 Stars*****
“Scandinavian magical mystery tour induces euphoria and disorientation in equal measure” Evening Standard – 5 Stars*****
“… a stunning audio-visual feat … intricate, personal and emotionally devastating.” NME
Susanne Sundfør will release ‘Music For People In Trouble: Live From The Barbican’ on 29th November 2019, through Bella Union / Live Here Now. You can pre-order HERE and listen to the stunning ‘Reincarnation below…
Susanne Sundfør’s fifth album ‘Music For People In Trouble’ released in 2017 offered beautiful moments of respite for a world in turmoil and received huge critical acclaim with Mojo calling it “striking”, The Guardian, “another triumph”, the Daily Mirror, “a career defining album of the year contender”, The 405 hailing her as “an icon in the making”, and CMU as “one of the greatest artists of the last decade”.
But what was to follow had critics and audience awestruck once again as Sundfør presented ‘Music For People In Trouble’ in a unique live show which took the intimate power of the album and elevated it to monumental proportion in an immersive audio-visual production. Sundfør played the ‘Music For People In Trouble’ show in just a handful of places across Scandinavia, plus one UK show at The Barbican, London on 21st May 2018, which is where this special recording was made,
“The Music for People in Trouble show at the Barbican was the last of a short and sweet tour, where me and my team of musicians and crew performed the album behind a veil that covered the whole front of the stage. We put videos on the veil, making the stage both a 2D and 3D experience alternating between animation, photography and live video of the performance layered on top of the actual performance. The veil was like a fishnet up close so the audience could easily see the musicians if the screen was blank. I’ve been touring on and off for a decade, and I felt like it was time to try something different with the way I perform my music. I’ve always loved going to the movies, opera, ballet, it sucks you in, it’s a more intense experience because it combines so many different artistic expressions at once, and that’s what I wanted with the Music for People in Trouble show. Unfortunately we didn’t get any good footage of the performance, it lives on in people’s minds, and there’s something unmodern and romantic that I like about that. You can’t google it. You’ll find snippets on Instagram, but it doesn’t reflect the three dimensional space of the beautiful concert halls we played in. It’s our little secret, our little, intimate moment together, us and the audience. But we got a good quality recording of the music, and that’s something at least.” (Susanne Sundfør)