Efterklang - Performance Text for London's Barbican Centre by francine gorman

It's always great to be able to write about a band that you love, but it's even better when that band are doing something completely fresh and new - as was the story when Efterklang brought their opera to the Barbican Centre in London recently.

Having teamed up with composer Karsten Fundal to compose the music for Leaves: The Colour Of Falling in 2015, Efterklang revived the project to take it on the road this year - and I had the pleasure of putting together the accompanying text for their Barbican performance, which you can read below - and check out some of the music from the opera in my Hits & Bits playlist!

Production Project: Songwriter Ina Wroldsen hosts the latest by:Larm Takeover show on Beats 1 by francine gorman

The third episode in the by:Larm takeover of Beats 1 is ready to go, presented by incredible pop hit maker Ina Wroldsen! You might recognise Ina as the writer and vocalist on Calvin Harris's 'How Deep Is Your Love', as well as being the writer behind 'Impossible' for James Arthur, 'DNA' for Little Mix, and tracks for Britney Spears, One Direction, Shakira and many more.

The episode will be available for all to hear via the (free to access) Beats 1 live stream at the following times:

Thursday 16th March @ 6PM LA / 9PM NY / 2AM LDN
Friday 17th March @ 6AM LA / 9AM NY / 2PM LDN

(Available On Demand for Apple Music users after these dates)

As previously mentioned, I've been producing this radio series on behalf of by:Larm and Music Norway, creating five episodes to mark the 20th anniversary of Norway's by:Larm Festival.

This has been a really great project to be a part of, especially making this show, which was recorded on a very snowy day at White Room studios in Asker, Norway. It was a great recording session, and i'm particularly grateful to Ina for talking so candidly throughout this programme, and for giving such a great insight into the struggles that songwriters can face as well as the successes they can gain if the they persevere. 

Hope you enjoy! 

Photo by Christian Zervos

Photo by Christian Zervos

Sigrid hosts episode 2 of the by:Larm Takeover on Beats1! by francine gorman

As mentioned in the previous post, i've had the great pleasure of producing a series of shows for Beats1 on Apple Music, celebrating the 20th anniversary of Oslo's by:Larm festival. The second episode is now live, hosted by Bergen-based up and coming pop star Sigrid, who plays songs from her favourite artists performing at the event, as well as interviewing fellow Norwegians Hajk - tune in now!

There are 3 more shows left to come, so watch this space...