Ever since arriving on the international music scene with 2004’s The Milk-Eyed Mender, Joanna Newsom has proven herself not only a virtuoso harpist and acrobatic vocalist, but also an extraordinary songwriter. Joanna Newsom’s unique sound has continued to fascinate audiences all over the world, culminating with this year’s effort, Divers.
Otherworldly, enchanting, and delicate, although grounded in historic instruments and folk traditions, Newsom’s songs are carefully constructed scenarios of alternative worlds which offer up previously unheard riches. On February 26th Joanna and her band unveil these realms in the majestic surroundings of New Carlsberg Glyptotek – her first performance in Denmark since 2010.
At first glance the American songstress’ voice might seem delicate, her songs fragile and tenuous constructions, yet the four album discography speaks for itself as it seamlessly constructs a universe of its own. With both lyrics and music soaked in layers of historical and literary allegory, Joanna Newsom’s albums exude a larger perspective of time and space. The lyrics in her latest release, Divers, are packed full of philosophical musings and historical nuggets, making Glyptoteket a perfect match for an evening in Newsom’s company.
The vast museum halls store the knowledge and beauty of many centuries worth of art and sculpture. Newsom herself draws inspiration from Renaissance music and French Impressionism, as well as from contemporary kindred spirits such as Sufjan Stevens, Julia Holter and Dirty Projectors, whose mastermind Dave Longstreth worked with Newsom creating Divers.
At New Carlsberg Glyptotek, Swedish artist Jakob Oredsson uses light to stage the audiences’ walk from the entrance, through the Palm Garden, leading in to the hall that will house the evening’s concert. The audience become active co-creaters of the light experience, as their movement through the building casts shadows, gradients and subtil variations within the large-scale setup. The light installation explores light’s fundamental spacemaking function, as well as its capacity to catalyse engagement in social space.
Jakob Oredsson has a background in art, scenography, and architecture, and has had artist residencies in both New York and Copenhagen. He primarily works with architectural installations, light- and sound installations and urban interventions. His work has been presented at The Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Momentum Kunsthall, Atelier Hotel Pro Forma, 49B Studios, Factory Studios, The Cooper Union and The Watermill Center, besides public spaces in Copenhagen, Oslo and New York. At the Prague Quadrennial in 2011 he won the Most Promising Talent award.