In the wake of the release of the critically acclaimed album Phasewide, Exit Signs Martin Hall played his first concert in Copenhagen with band since 2009, a concert that took place at the legendary venue The Court Theatre on April 25, 2013. The sold-out performance received a 6 out of 6 star review on Denmark’s leading music site GAFFA. The summation of the review goes like this:
“It’s often said that Martin Hall is a brand of its own in Denmark. I’m about to object that this is not entirely true. At least I haven’t met that many of his calibre abroad either. At his best Hall belongs to the international top class of performers.”
You can read the full review (in Danish) at the GAFFA site.
All photos taken by Jacob Dinesen and published by courtesy of GAFFA.
At the concert at The Court Theatre Martin Hall played primarily new material. Whereas his live-performances in 2009 were characterized by a set of new arrangements of older songs, the 2013 show featured mostly new songs as well as selected interpretations of the songs on classical album If Power Asks Why recorded by mezzo-soprano Andrea Pellegrini.
The musical line-up at the concert featured Johnny Stage (guitar and keyboards), Ida Bach Jensen (bass and electronics), Henriette Groth (piano, keyboards, clarinet and viola) and Sisse Selina Larsen (drums and percussion).
Set list: 1) “Retrograde”, 2) “Muted Cries”, 3) “A Garboesque Leaning towards Seclusion”, 4) “Rather Quotable than Honest”, 5) “Emblematic”, 6) “Hope Is a Lack of Information”, 7) “MILFs, Cum and Schopenhauer”, 8) “An Attempt of Interruption” (featuring accordeonist Bjarke Mogensen), 9) “Dead Horses on a Beach”, 10) “Other Rooms”, 11) “Images in Water” and 12) “Phasewide”.
Encores: 13) “If Power Asks Why” and 14) “Synthesis” + an additional extra encore 15) “Meth”.
The Court Theatre (Teatermuseet i Hofteatret) is an architectural gem in the heart of Copenhagen, a piece of Danish history situated at Christiansborg, The Danish Parliament. In the 18th century the Court Theatre was an active institution forming the political and cultural development of the general public. The Court Theatre was built during the 1730’s and in 1766 it was rebuilt and turned into the neo-classicistic style still characterizing the entrance of the place. At the beginning of the 1840’s King Christian the 8th reshaped the theatre, turning the place into its present Biedermeier style with red velvet seating and theatre boxes.