SAFRI DUO Tour 2014
Saturday 24.of May 2014
Wednesday 02. of July 2014
K A T O V S . S A F R I D U O 2014
The surprise was immense when the high esteemed classical musicians from the internationally acknowledged percussion duo, Safri Duo, in 2000 came out as percussive pop musicians with focus attention towards the dance- and club environment.
Half a dozen big hits and two albums with global sales figures in millions later, the two percussion players, composers, producers and programmers, Uffe Savery and Morten Friis, are yet again prepared to cause surprise. Nothing would have been more easy to compose and record a number three in the same style, but as deep professional musicians constantly new challenges are their nutrition, and therefore the field is chalked to yet a new – and at least as big – astonishment.
In many ways the album ORIGINS is the third chapter in this 20 year old history of Safri Duo. The two musicians haven’t made a clean cut to the past, and they don’t intend to mask their musical origin.
But Origins is more than a concentrate of the past. It’s indeed the sound of something new and surprising. It’s Italian opera, African choir singing, European real world and Danish trash metal! Ten new tracks, which points in different directions, but bounded together with a glowing warm and filmic mood. This is very obvious in the track Twilight, which is the first single of the album, which also was the track that could point out the direction of Origins. Pretty surprisingly, especially seen in the light of that it originally was composed as a 2nd movement to a clarinet concerto! On the other hand – with Safri Duo anything can happen!
It was in the summer 2007, and the duo was starting thinking about
So saying Twilight wasn’t finish, because as a kind of colour of contrast Safri Duo also invited the Mexican tenor star, Rolando Villlazón to participate, and he welcomed the invitation. In fact more or less simultaneously he read an article about Youssou, and thought it could be very interesting working together. With the duos network in the classical world they succeeded in getting the world famous opera singer to record his vocal during a visit for a concert in Copenhagen, and the result is a deeply fascinating and top melodic musically impact between different cultures.
In that sense Twilight is the key to Origins, because Safri Duo intermix cultures, periods, styles and a lot more on the album with many surprising results. There are more word pictures from Africa, for instance in Lunar, where Youssou N’Dour also contribute, whereas there other places traces influences from Celtic folklore. On the beautiful Athena the Soweto Gospel Choir from South Africa performs, who it succeeded to get together in a studio in Sweden, as late as the 16th of October, few days before delivering the master, in one of the rare breaks from touring of the choir.
So to speak the time pressure was enormous with several balls in the air at the same time, but Uffe Savery and Morten Friis have kept the overview, because they know the rules of the game after more than 20 years in music business. Though at no point it has become routine, because they are both two enquiring souls and therefore always open to new ideas and impulses. Like that also a huge waste container from the back stairs in the new Danish Broadcasting Media city in Copenhagen came to play an important role in the track Corpus Rex, which self-evident must be defined as Trash-Metal!
In the hands of Safri Duo everything can become music. It’s about timing. And it’s about trust to each other. Uffe Savery and Morten Friis know exactly where they have each other musically, because they have nearly always known each other. Ever since they met as youngsters in the Tivoli Guards Boys Band. At this time Uffe wanted to play the saxophone and Morten the trumpet, but by pure coincidence there was more need for percussion players in the orchestra of the old amusement park, thus the destiny of the lads were sealed.
Later they both started at the Royal Danish Conservatory of Music, where they kept their passion for percussion. Half way through their studies, September 1988, they had their first official concert in the concert hall of the Conservatory, and ever since it has only advanced in one constantly movement; hunting new goals and new places to perform. The rumours of their great musicality and obvious originality soon spread like a wildfire to the entire world. It brought them to some of the most prestigious concert scenes such as royal Albert Hall in London, Carnegie Hall in New York City and Sydney Opera House, all places where only very few Danish musicians have entered.
It became six albums with the classical music, before Safri Duo in 2000 hit the more pop-, trance- and techno oriented path and got a worldwide breakthrough with the track Played-A-Live (The Bongo Song), which went Top 10 in many Asian and South American countries as well as in most European countries selling platin in Germany, Switzerland, Holland, Belgium and Norway and even sixfold platin in Denmark!
Ever since more international hits followed with Samb-Adagio, Sweet Freedom and All the People In The World, as well as the two albums, Episode II and Safri Duo 3.0 brought in big sales and trophies around the world. In fact so many, that the duo is the international best selling Danish name after Aqua. But now it’s about a brand new album from the innovative duo and thereby a fresh chapter in the history of Safri Duo.
The album Origins is released the 17th of November in Denmark.