RECENT RECORDS AND REVIEWS

In May 2018 Martin Hall released the compilation album A Brief Summary, a title that includes several new recordings – such as the video single ”Lesser Gods”. The album also contains remakes and alternative versions of material recorded during the last twenty years. It’s released as a double vinyl album, a digipack cd and as music cassette. Quite surprisingly A Brief Summary went directly in as #2 on the official Danish vinyl hitlist the week after its release – Hall’s highest chart ranking ever.

In the Danish newspaper Information (the Danish equivalent to The Independent), the reviewer Sophia Handler praised the album in no uncertain terms:

“Once again Martin Hall proves that he belongs in the same category as music mythological heroes such as Brian Eno and David Bowie”.

If you have any sense of the Danish language, you can read the full review here:

 


 

“SERVICES RENDERED” AND BREMEN TEATER

As a prelude to his first live concerts for more than five years Hall released the new song Services Rendered as a 12” single in October. The record was also made available on all major digital platforms (Spotify, iTunes, Amazon etc.). You can see the video here:

GAFFA – Denmark’s biggest music magazine – awarded the following Copenhagen concert at Bremen Teater with a staggering 6 out of 6 stars rating. The music journalist Simon Heggum summons up the concert this way:

”A breathtaking concert experience – one of the strongest Danish concerts I’ve been to in recent years.”

You can read the full review here:

 


 

Photo taken at Bremen Teater, October 2018: Maiken Kildegaard.

MEMO

As Season 40 approaches its end, a quick résumé follows – that no news is good news. Updates will follow.

To those of you prefer further subtitles, here we go:

“In the attempt to uncover clues and traces you go backwards. You begin with the misunderstandings. The nodes. You let your thoughts run along a constantly moving boundary of interacting fields, in an attempt to correct what you still have access to. It’s a matter of tidiness – of plain vanity.”

 

SPOKEN WORD IN ST. LUKAS CHURCH

On May 31 (9.00 CET) Hall will perform a spoken word performance in the St. Lukas Church at Frederiksberg, Copenhagen.

Collaborating with multi-instrumentalist Johnny Stage the evening will be a one-off session featuring new material as well as excerpts from Hall’s latest book, the autobiographical 1971-1985.


Location: Sankt Lukas Kirke, Christian Richardts Vej 1, 1951 Frederiksberg.

 

HALL FEATURE ON P8 JAZZ

Hall was the Sunday guest in DR’s P8 Jazz radio show Korfix & Coffee on April 7, 2019. The interview features names such as Elisabeth Welch, Sun Ra and Chet Baker (i.e. Derek Jarman, speedballs and teleportation).

You can hear the programme here:

 


 

Elisabeth Welch performing “Stormy Weather” in Derek Jarman’s “The Tempest” (1979).

ORDKLANG 2019

On March 2 Hall will be performing with the internationally recognized accordionist Bjarke Mogensen at Ordklang 2019 at Gammelgaard, Herlev. Other names appearing at the festival will be Ghita Nørby and Søren Ulrik Thomsen.

As far as Hall/Mogensen are concerned, they will invite the audience on an evocative journey through a traditionally oriented, yet experimental night linked together by Hall’s recitals. The repertoire will also offer interpretations of the Russian composer Vladislav Zolotariev’s works for accordion (1942-1975) as well as another relatively unknown Russian composer’s, Anatoly Cushakov (1946-2008).

For more information about the event, please visit the festival’s official site.

Bjarke Mogensen has received The European Broadcast Union’s “New Talent” award as well as The Royal Couple’s Stardust Award.

NOMINATED FOR THE GAFFA AWARDS 2019

Martin Hall’s recent concerts and performances have earned him a pre-nomination for The GAFFA Awards 2019 (Denmark’s biggest music magazine) in the category “Best Live Act of The Year”. The shows were his first live concerts as a singer with full band for more than five years.

The musicians accompanying Hall at all events were Christine Raft (piano, violin), Johnny Stage (guitar, sitar), Una Skott (guitar, keyboards), Andreas Bennetzen (bass) and Sisse Selina Larsen (drums). Furthermore Inge Shannon, the singer from the post-punk/coldwave bands SS-Say and Pesteg Dred, joined the team to perform the internationally acclaimed single “Care” at all shows.

Although most of the material played at the concerts was gathered from recent years – such as several songs taken from Hall’s collaboration album with Andrea Pellegrini and Tanja Zapolski If Power Asks Why – a fair selection of older were songs also played.

Apart from “Care” featuring Shannon, Martin also played his 1984 club hit “Free-Force Structure” at the end of most of the concerts. It was the first time for more than 33 years that he performed the song. You can see an audience recording of it here:

In October GAFFA awarded the Copenhagen concert at Bremen Teater with a staggering 6 out of 6 stars rating. You can read the full review here.