November began with a vicious storm that ripped off a few roofs, flung some trees around and set the social media world alive with tweets and updates documenting its short, emblematic existence, announcing the intent of the coming winter rather pronouncedly. It’s unlikely to get any warmer or brighter for the next few months, but to some relief, there are quite a few events worth popping our heads out of our burrows for. These are the best of the lot:
Joris Voorn is one of the most revered names in the house music industry today. The Dutch DJ has entertained audiences the world over, including memorable shifts on the electronic music mecca of Europe, Ibiza. His up-tempo productions are of the more memorable sort and carry themselves with a distinctive euphoric quality. For one of Copenhagen’s only nights dedicated purely to house music, Culture Box’s ‘What Happens’ is an appropriate stage for the Dutchman to set things alight from. Voorn will be joined by Tim Andresen, the godfather of house music in Denmark, a man with an equally impressive Ibiza portfolio who stayed true to his roots, helping to build the reputation of the local house music scene, when he could have easily continued touring the planet.
Culture Box; Sat Nov 16; 50kr
Pumpehuset is enjoying something of a renaissance lately, having hosted the likes of Amanda Palmer and other marquee names that add a sheen of quality to their artist roster. Next on the list is the Bristonian experimental duo Fuck Buttons – two lads who’ve been inspired by the endeavours of legends such as Aphex Twin and Mogwai to craft a vicious sound that mimics the scream of a dark night sky torn by a thousand shards of glass. Such obscurity is what led them to perform at the Olympics opening ceremony last year as part of film director Danny Boyle’s soundtrack (needless to say that their atmospheric sound would be right at home in his masterpiece Trainspotting).
Pumpehuset; Sat Nov 16, 21:00; 200kr
GoGol Bordello are one of the pioneering bands within Balkan Beat. Based in New York, the Balkan orchestra have one of the best live shows around thanks to their brand of sweat-drenched chaos that showcases multiculturalism through sarcasm, humour, wit and sheer noise. Veterans of sorts on the scene, GoGol Bordello have played at numerous festivals, from Coachella to Roskilde, so expect a seasoned, albeit unpredictable live show to the sounds of a paraphernalia of instruments of which a searing violin takes centre stage.
Store Vega; Tue Dec 3, 20:00; 280kr
Gang Do Eletro
Gang Do Eletro are an outfit from Belém in the north of Brazil, whose music is a fusion of Caribbean, electro and drum ‘n’ bass influences accompanied by rap-esque vocals. It’s very much music from the streets and, therefore, rooted in the heart and soul of Brazilian culture. A refreshing take on South America, Gang Do Eletro are exactly the sort of group you should be listening to in the middle of a cold winter.
Global Cph; Sat Nov 30, 22:00; 70kr
Lucy Azizan, Nicklas Schmidt and Berit Johansen Tange are three of the brightest sparks to have emerged from the Royal Music Conservatory in recent times. Pavana Extrapolations is a presentation of Schmidt’s work, which will fill the better part of the afternoon’s entertainment whilst the rest will be taken care of by a showcase of Azizan’s and Tange’s forthcoming CD, which will be released next year.
Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek; Sun Dec 8, 15:00; free adm
Vieux Farka Touré
Mali has graced world music with the likes of Amadou & Mariam, Tinariwen and Ali Farka Touré, (who Martin Scorsese once lauded as the DNA of blues music). Vieux Farka Touré is Ali’s son and the man who’ll carry his legacy on for years to come. Gifted with similar prowess on the guitar, Vieux’s music is not only mesmerising to listen to, it also epitomises the struggles against subversion and religiously-anchored, politically-propelled ruling regimes in Mali, many of which have been unkind to the arts, as most tyrannical reigns are.
Global Cph; Mon Dec 9, 21:00; 110kr