Efterkids! A Listening Party For Efterklang’s “Magic Chairs” Tonight

Efterklang CD Listening Party
DOWNLOAD:Efterklang – “Modern Drift”

I know this is totally last minute, but it seems like such a cool thing, I just had to post it.

We are very pleased to announce a VERY exciting record release party/performance for Efterklang’s 4AD debut album, Magic Chairs. It’s a multimedia extravaganza, and open to anyone with RSVP.

On Tuesday, February 23rd from 5-7pm at the Clark Studio Theater in Manhattan, an 8 piece orchestra, made up of kids from PS. 859, a public school for musically gifted children from grades K-8 (aka The Special Music School) will perform Efterklang songs in tandem with a filmed performance of the band. The band will be projected on a 20-foot high screen behind the kids. We call this collaboration Efterkids! With this performance, 4AD and Efterklang hope to raise awareness for the overall issue of music education in schools.

From 5-6pm we will have a listening party for Magic Chairs with complimentary beer and wine, and the performance will begin at 6pm.

DATE: Tuesday February 23rd
LOCATION: Clark Studio Theater is part of Lincoln Center, located in the Rose Building, 7th Floor, at West 65th St and Amsterdam Ave. (http://bit.ly/bStvRV)
TIME: 5-7pm
WHO: anyone, space permitting
RSVP: rsvpnyc@4ad.com

Efterklang 2010 North American tour dates and more about tonight’s event after the jump.

Efterklang 2010 North American Tour Dates
03.02.10 – Philadelphia, PA / First Unitarian Church / support: Balmorhea
03.03.10 – New York, NY / Le Poisson Rouge / support: Balmorhea
03.04.10 – Boston, MA / TT The Bears / support: Balmorhea
03.05.10 – Montreal, Canada / La Sala Rosa / support: Balmorhea
03.06.10 – Toronto, Canada / El Mocambo / support: Balmorhea
03.07.10 – Detroit MI / The Pike Room / support: Balmorhea
03.08.10 – Chicago, IL / Lincoln Hall / support: Balmorhea
03.11.10 – Seattle, WA / The Triple Door / support: Balmorhea
03.12.10 – Vancouver, BC, Canada / Biltmore / support: Balmorhea
03.13.10 – Portland, OR / Doug Fir / support: Balmorhea
03.15.10 – San Francisco, CA / Bottom Of The Hill / support: Balmorhea
03.16.10 – Los Angeles, CA / Spaceland / support: Balmorhea
03.18.10 – SXSW Festival / Austin, TX
03.19.10 – SXSW Festival / Austin, TX
03.20.10 – SXSW Festival / Austin, TX

Efterklang is a band from Copenhagen, Denmark. They consist of 4 core members (Mads Brauer, Casper Clausen, Thomas Husmer & Rasmus Stolberg) and they have played together since December 2000. They have performed in front of thousands with The Danish National Chamber Orchestra. They’ve brought down the house with the Britten Sinfonia at London’s Barbican Hall last Fall, and Magic Chairs is their third full-length album. The band will physically be in New York for a performance at Le Poisson Rouge on March 3rd, and they will also be performing several times during SXSW. All the band’s dates can be found here: http://efterklang.net/home/concerts/

You can sample the song “Modern Drift” here: http://www.beggarspromo.com/982tnsefterklang/h32ggfModernDrift.mp3

You can view the video for “Modern Drift” here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVj3rTWfVVw

As a fund-raising effort, 4AD will be filming the performance and producing a special 4AD Session (www.4ad.com/sessions/) that will go live online in March. The Efterkids 4AD Session will be heavily promoted and visitors will be asked to make a donation to the Special Music School in order to view the session. Materials will also be made available for other schools to create their own performance and videos of Efterkids.

The proceeds from this campaign will go toward raising money for much need computer equipment and other supplies for the school, and in addition, 4AD will be making a donation to the school.

The Special Music School (SMS) is a unique model for how publicly funded arts education can work.

SMS was founded in 1996 as a public/private partnership between the New York City Department of Education and the Kaufman Center, a not-for-profit, multi-arts organization. Its students have benefitted greatly from an integrated approach to curriculum, receiving rigorous musical training and academic guidance in a holistic context that emphasizes creative thinking and problem solving.

Producing future generations of musicians and adults who appreciate art is vital to our social fabric.

Beyond creating art, a recent Conference Board Report revealed that 74 percent of employers agree that creativity is increasingly important in U.S. workplaces. In addition, teamwork and critical thinking ranked in the five most important skills for new workforce entrants, yet more than half of these employers stated that entrants exhibited deficiencies in these skills. Ensuring that students have the opportunity to study a musical instrument helps resolve this deficit.

As other nations have looked to the United States education system as a model, and are including arts education in their curricula, many American schools are cutting these same programs. Without music programs in our public schools our children and our culture are weakened.