Icelandic singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Ásgeir is bringing his inimitable brand of melancholic electro-folk to Elisabeth Murdoch Hall at Melbourne Recital Centre on Wednesday 4 and Thursday 5 April for two very special intimate performances.
Tickets will be available via melbournerecital.com.au/asgeir or (03) 9699 3333 from 10am on Monday 22 January.
At the tender age of just 25, Ásgeir has already shown a remarkable propensity to adapt to change as his worldwide profile skyrockets. Growing up one of the only children in his tiny village of Laugarbakki (population 40), Ásgeir began learning classical guitar at the age of six and has lived a life immersed in music ever since.
Ásgeir’s debut album Dýrð í dauðaþögn (2012) exploded in his homeland – quickly becoming the fastest-selling debut in Icelandic history, outperforming the opening gambits of national treasures such as Björk and Sigur Rós – Ásgeir recruited U.S. singer-songwriter John Grant to help with the translation and in 2014 the English version, In The Silence, suddenly made the youngster a household name around the world, leading to years of relentless globetrotting to share his exceedingly personal and emotional live show.
In 2017 Ásgeir expanded his palette exponentially with his critically-acclaimed sophomore album Afterglow, which found him eschewing the folk-tinged acoustics of his early work to embrace melodic electronica in its purest form, offset by timeless flourishes of soul, R&B and gospel music. In the process the album showed that Ásgeir had the confidence to accept his status as one of global music’s most exciting new voices, an incredible effort for a young man from a miniscule Icelandic farming village.
And surprisingly it’s in the furthest-flung reaches of the planet from his home that Ásgeir has found his most passionate audience, with Australia proving his most fervent foreign market by far. His impending sojourn – which also finds him displaying his wares at the prestigious Byron Bay Bluesfest – will already be his fifth trip Down Under, with previous visits having seen him sell out two Sydney Opera Houses, fill rooms country-wide, play massive stadiums alongside Alt-J and thrill numerous festivals such as Splendour in the Grass, Falls Festival and Southbound.
None of which will match the emotional heft of Ásgeir’s two-night stand at Melbourne Recital Centre, where he will treat audiences to a personal and enthralling show amidst the beautiful acoustics of Elisabeth Murdoch Hall.
Witness the musical communion and soulfulness of the Ásgeir live experience and lose yourself within his serene sound imagery, it’s a journey that will never be forgotten!
Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre by arrangement with Handsome Tours & WME
7:30pm WEDNESDAY 4 & THURSDAY 5 APRIL
Elisabeth Murdoch Hall
Melbourne Recital Centre
Cnr Southbank Blvd & Sturt St, Southbank