Concert / #1 Busan Biennale 2020: Elias Bender RØNNENFELT interpretates KIM Soom

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Elias Bender Rønnenfelt. Photo: Marco Van Rijt⁠
Elias Bender Rønnenfelt. Photo: Marco Van Rijt⁠

This evening, ⁠Elias Bender Rønnenfelt (lead singer of the bands Iceage and Marching Church) is giving a quite unique concert in Kunsthal Aarhus with a musical interpretation of the short story Green Is for Sorrow by the South Korean writer Kim Soom.⁠

⁠This story deals with the issue of Comfort Women right after the defeat of Japan after WWII.⁠

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The concert will be the first of four with musicians who participated in the Busan Biennale 2020, and is related to our current exhibition An Exhibition in Three Chapters: works from the Busan Biennale by Carey YOUNG, Kim GORDON & JANG Minseung/전시 세 편: 캐리 영, 킴 고든, 장민승-부산비엔날레로부터.⁠

The Busan Biennale 2020 was titled  Words at an Exhibition《열 장의 이야기와 다섯 편의 시》an exhibition in ten chapters and five poems. As suggested by the title, the Biennale departed from literature, and invited visual artists, musicians, and also the public to add layers of stories and interpretations to the Korean city of Busan.
The exhibition takes as its generating concept the interpretation of works of art and their translation into another species form. 11 fiction writers were commissioned to write stories or poems 'around or about' the city. The stories structure the exhibition's 'chapters' and the poems provide 'intermezzos '. Each of the 67 participating artists and 11 musicians (from around the world) was asked to create a work in response to one of the texts.

In 2011 together with Iceage, Elias Bender Rønnenfelt breathed new life into the international punk scene with their debut album New Brigade. Since then, Elias and the band have added more layers to their jagged post-punk sound with increasingly experimental expression of jazzy cabaret and straightforward rock'n'roll in the desperately energetic spirit of Nick Cave and The Gun Club. The praises from the critics are intact. The music page Pitchfork, for example, included the band's latest album, Beyondless, among the 200 Best Albums of the 2010's. The group has also evolved into one of the most powerful live bands in the world and Elias Bender Rønnenfelt into a true music as well as a style icon in front.

Image: Elias Bender Rønnenfelt. Photo: Marco Van Rijt⁠