Out of Scandinavia is an on-going series of uniquely selected musical performances the first Thursday of each month, headlining a myriad of fresh Nordic musicians that features one-off and premiere performances. Through subtle, deft curating of disparate styles, Out of Scandinavia will satiate your craving for innovative and compelling new indie music from the Nordics.
Export Music SwedenMusic Export NorwayOut of Scandinavia: New Indie Music from the Nordics is made possible in part by the Consulate General of Denmark, New York; the Consulate General of Finland, New York; the Consulate General of Sweden, New York; Iceland Naturally; Music Export Finland; Music Export Norway, and Export Music Sweden.
Copenhagen-based artist Hannah Schneider grew up in a family of classical musicians, and naturally started to play both the piano and the violin at age five. Her love of piano soon turned into a great fascination with small synths and keyboards, and inspired Hannah to start composing at the age of 13. Since then she has written songs, gone to the music conservatory in Copenhagen, and performed in various groups all over Europe.
In 2009 she was signed to Mermaid Records/Sony BMG, and her self-titled debut album came out in September 2009. It was well received both by the radio stations and the press, who called Hannah “a rarely skilled pop songwriter, who manages to put herself at stake” and predicted her international success.
Hannah has co-written songs with many internationally acclaimed songwriters, such as Jeff Cohen (Teitur, Macy Gray), Itaal Shuur (Jewel, Maxwell) and Kim Richey, with whom she wrote the song The Absence of Your Company that was featured on Grey’s Anatomy.
Inspired by the great number of current Scandinavian artists like Lykke Li and El Perro del Mar, Hannah Schneider creates melancholic and playful pop, crafted with a love for the singer/songwriter tradition and a fascination with electronic sounds and samples.
Songs for Wendy
Song for Wendy is the latest collaborative project between Danish singer/songwriter Mads Mouritz and Icelandic singer Dísa. Beneath the undemonstrative title one finds a number of interpretations of poems from the anthology Poem for the Day collected by the very popular lyricist Wendy Cope. The lyrics, which revolve around love and are from the 18th to the 20th centuries, are turned into stripped and romantic duets by Mouritz and Dísa.
During the intermission, we screened a world premiere of sorts of Efterkids – a musical collaboration between Denmark’s Efterklang and the Special Music School here in New York City. Thank you to Thomas Husmer (the drummer from Efterklang) who personally introduced the project and presented two shorts music videos. Visit www.Efterkids.com to learn more.