THE KNIFE – LISTEN! New Opera Based on Darwin’s Work

by Red Cell

THE COLOURING OF PIGEONS – THE KNIFE
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I am a huge Fever Ray fan as well as Karin’s more well known band with her brother Olof, The Knife. So this press release is very exciting for me and I thought I should pass it on to you too. The Knife are collaborating with Mt. Sims and Planningtorock on a soundtrack commissioned by Danish performance group, Hotel Pro Forma, for an opera based on Darwin’s book, On the Origin of the Species, titled, “Tomorrow, In A Year”. Be sure to go to their website and join the mailing list!

PRESS RELEASE from Fever Ray:

The Knife are to release the studio version of the opera ‘Tomorrow, In A Year’, in collaboration with Mt. Sims and Planningtorock, on the 1st of March, 2010

Commissioned by Danish performance group Hotel Pro Forma to write the music for their opera based on Charles Darwin and his book ‘On the Origin of the Species’, The Knife decided to make this a collaborative process, working with artists Mt. Sims and Planningtorock for the first time, to capture the huge width of the Darwin and evolution theme. They extensively researched Darwin related literature and articles, with Olof attending a field recording workshop in the Amazon to find inspiration and to record sounds.

The first track from the album, called “Colouring Of Pigeons“, is free to download from the knife’s website here. You can also sign up for more news about The Knife there.

For more information about the album see the full introduction on theknife.net.

Karin on Colouring Of Pigeons: “The title is taken from Charles Darwin’s studies of pigeons, a breakthrough of his examinations, coming home after The Beagle trip, it is when when he started to discover the genetics transfered within generations. It is a track maximizing the results of his studies. I thought of the “diversity of everything” something we have discussed a lot with Hotel Pro Forma, and a non-hierarchical way of seeing things. All the small details he studied and made notes of, like a pile of ants, an ants hill. Also a feeling of seeing things for the first time, overwhelming and shaken, but not afraid.”

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