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– Adina Friis leads the audience into a world of imagination, mysticism, poetry.
Inspired by the elfish Northern woods her acclaimed musical project...Read Biography
Adina Friis leads the audience into a world of imagination, mysticism, poetry.
Inspired by the elfish Northern woods her acclaimed musical project „Luumu“ is a trip from security into the unexpected. A story about anything you wish it to be.
Young Danish-Swiss piano player and singer Adina Friis created her own world of sound – a collected universe of a trip through both surreal and naturalistic landscapes and into ancient elfish woods. To the darkness of the northern winter or to sunlit camel-caravan-sahara and right into a mysterious travelling circus.
These sounds are inspired by travelling through Lappland and Scandinavia for a longer period when she was 20 years old.
„The silence of those woods made me hear the music I truly want to create. It was my own escapism, which I want to share with the audience“.
The clown is a returning character throughout the project Luumu, standing for the surreal part and if you look closely, you might find a clown in every society.
The debut album „The Eye Of The Clown Behind The Spyglass“ was released in April 2014 by Unit Records. It contains 11 individual songs traversed by transparency, melancholy, fragility and authenticity. It received some good response, for example four stars in the swiss/german magazine „Jazz’n’More“ and even some international recognition from Iceland.
As a liveband Luumu has played among others at the Copenhagen Jazzfestival in 2012, 2014 and 2015, Blue Balls Festival/Luzern at KKL Seebar 2013 and 2014 and at the Copenhagen Jazzhouse.
A lyrical approach lies in the pianoplaying, accompanied mostly by doublebass and drums and often visited by a flute, saxophone or clarinet. A folktone meets a modern jazzband. It sounds like a mixture of Debussy, Kate Bush, Brad Mehldau, the Doors, Radiohead, Elina Duni, nordic folksongs, the minimalistic pianojazz à la E.S.T and the folksingers of the sixties. But still doesn’t sound like one of them without the others.
Adina’s voice is both tender and frail. She tells the stories of her own peculiar life, of people, who lost themselfes in the endless woods of their soul, of journeys into states of mind, we maybe didn’t know, and about the great secret of time and its ticking clock in all of us. But some of the stories are more like tales – mystic ghostly creatures and venues enter your imagination and bring you into the thicket of dark forrests with a fire.
„I sing about the mental state of an observing human being, trying to figure out, what this is all about,“ says Adina Friis.
When she was very young, Adina stood on a stage with a choir for the first time when she was only three years old. After trying many different music styles and instruments, she started to write songs which would become her most important project, „Luumu“. She studied piano and composition both at the jazzschool Lucerne/CH and Rhythmic Music Conservatory in Copenhagen/DK.