Agnes Obel Expands North American Tour

By Chris Dahlberg

Published on Monday, June 9, 2014

Danish singer/songwriter Agnes Obel has added new dates to her upcoming fall tour in North America. This tour comes in support of her newest album Aventine, which was released last year. Check out two videos from the album below, which showcase Obel’s incredible mix of softer melodies and sweeping vocals. The tour begins August 12th in Philadelphia and concludes November 13th in Quebec City, more details are below.

LOS ANGELES, CA – Monday, June 9, 2014 – Currently on her biggest European tour to date, the intriguing and captivating Danish singer/songwriter/pianist AGNES OBEL has expanded the itinerary for her North American Fall tour, now including dates in Canada. For these concerts, Obel has chosen to play intimate settings, accompanied only by a cellist and a violinist. The confirmed itinerary is below; tickets for these just-announced dates go on sale this Thursday, June 12; log onto http://www.agnesobel.com for all details.

These dates are part of Obel’s 2014 global tour and are in support of her 2013 album Aventine (Play It Again Sam/[PIAS] America) that was a Top 10 album throughout Europe and reached #28 on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart. “I recorded everything quite closely, miking everything closely in a small room, with voices here, the piano here – everything is so close to you. So it’s sparse, but by varying the dynamic range of the songs, I could create almost soundscapes,” said Obel.

Obel’s 2010 debut album Philharmonics spent seven weeks at number one in her homeland, has sold well over a half-million copies across Europe, and earned her comparisons to Joni Mitchell, Carole King and French composer Erik Satie. Both Philharmomics and Aventine have received widespread critical acclaim**, she won five, major-category awards at the 2011 Danish Music Awards, France’s prominent music magazine Les Inrocks put her on the cover of its ‘Review of 2013’ issue, and she recently appeared on the UK’s prestigious “Later…with Jools Holland” television program.

With more dates to be announced, the confirmed itinerary is as follows:

AUGUST
12 World Cafe Live, Philadelphia, PA
13 9:30 Club, Washington, D.C.
14 Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY

(NEW DATES)
OCTOBER
30 Dakota Jazz Club, Minneapolis, MN

NOVEMBER
1 Park West, Chicago, IL
2 Stoughton Opera House, Madison, WI
4 Harbourfront Centre Theatre, Toronto, ON
5 Harbourfront Centre Theatre, Toronto, ON
7 Iron Horse, Northampton, MA
10 The Sinclair, Cambridge, MA
11 L’Olympia, Montreal, QC
13 Le Palais Montcalm, Quebec City, QC

**”Agnes Obel…set her crystal voice against beautiful arrangements of cello, violin and keyboard.” – NPR

“[She blends] pop melodies with classical precision and an air of elegance bordering on art songs.”
– Boston Globe

“Airy, arty and ever so slightly eerie…” – Toronto Star

 

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ABOUT AGNES OBEL:
While Agnes Obel is indeed, a Danish singer/songwriter/musician, the Austin Chronicle noted that she “is far out on the edge of that genre, sculpting ethereal soundscapes that at times float near the classical realm.” Obel started playing piano when she was about six, and grew up in an unconventional home. She was raised by a mother who was a brilliant musician and a father who collected exotic musical instruments, and who together filled their family’s home with music, fine art and encouragement. Obel’s musical influences were varied – Swedish jazz pianist Jan Johansson, PJ Harvey, Claude DeBussy, Joni Mitchell and Roy Orbison. She was discovered on MySpace, and her 2011 debut album, Philharnonics, has been certified five-times Platinum in her native Denmark, Platinum in Belgium and France and Gold in Holland, as well as winning her five major awards at the 2011 Danish Music Awards: Album, Pop Release, Debut Album, Female Artist and Songwriter of the Year. Aventine, her sophomore release that was released in late 2013, has already been certified Gold in Denmark and won her critical praise throughout Europe, the UK, Canada and now the United States. Obel lives in Berlin.

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