Out of Scandinavia/Out of Context: New Indie Rock from the Nordics

Hanne Hukkelberg. Photo: Scandinavia House

Hanne Hukkelberg. Photo: Scandinavia House

Scandinavian music is having a moment. Sigur Rós, Björk, Fever Ray, Lykke Li, Peter, Bjorn and John, The Raveonettes, Mew, Annie, Sondre Lerche. These are just a sampling of the current Nordic heavyweights on the indie charts, but the next wave of Nordic bands is upon us.

Renowned in their homelands and on the cusp of breaking through in the U.S. these fervent musicians will undoubtedly join the chart-topping ranks of their established peers. They may have disparate styles, but what connects them is a love of sound, an artistry of live performance, and above all, a devotion to invading your listening space.

Out of Scandinavia/Out of Context is a uniquely selected series of musical performances the first Thursday of the month from April through August at Scandinavia House in New York City, headlining a myriad of fresh Nordic musicians that features one-off and premiere performances. Through subtle and deft curating of distinctly different styles of music, Out of Scandinavia/Out of Context will satiate your craving for innovative and compelling new indie rock from the Nordics.

Hanne Hukkelberg

Thursday, April 1, 7 pm

Norwegian singer-songwriter Hanne Hukkelberg started singing and playing instruments as a child in her home town of Kongsberg, Norway at the age of three and later played in various jazz, pop and rock groups as well as a doom metal band. A graduate of the Norwegian Academy of Music, she has gained a reputation as a powerful live performer.

“Blood from a Stone” is Hukkelberg’s third album. In part inspired by her past as a member of various rock and metal bands (especially their live incarnations) and in part by her 80 indie/rock albums, Hanne acknowledges that the likes of Sonic Youth, Cocteau Twins, Pixies, Einstüerzende Neubauten and P.J. Harvey have all exerted an influence over her new songs, while one can also detect traces of Siouxsie & The Banshees at their most oblique and many other new wave/post punk outfits.

Music Export NorwayOut of Scandinavia/Out of Context is made possible in part by the Consulate General of Denmark, New York; the Consulate General of Finland, New York; the Honorary Consulate General of Sweden, New York; Iceland Naturally and Music Export Norway.

Source: Scandinavia House

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