HELENE
BLUM

“A haunting voice ... a transcending grace ...”

/ Daily Telegraph

Whether radiant and powerful, melancholic, sensual, or akin to a fleeting breath, Helene Blum’s vocals are always distinctive and deeply moving. As both singer and composer, she opens up unimagined horizons for Danish roots music by fashioning her own artistic vision out of traditional material. The result is a genuine yet undeniably contemporary sound presented both solo and in various line-ups.

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Date Venue Location
Sep 17 Baaring Forsamlingshus Baaring (DK) Tickets
Oct 7 Nr. Vosborg Vemb (DK) Tickets
Oct 12 Amthof Feldkirchen (AU) Tickets
Oct 13 Wirtshaus Lohninger Fornach (AU) Tickets
Oct 24 Zum Nix Blaubeuren (DE) Tickets
Oct 25 Seeresidenz Seehaupt (DE) Tickets
Oct 26 Schauburg Dresden (DE) Tickets
Oct 27 Kornspeicher Alt Ruppin (DE) Tickets
Oct 28 Orth'sches Gut Quoren (DE) Tickets
Nov 2 Die Romantik Bad Rehburg (DE) Tickets
Nov 3 Lichtturm Solingen (DE) SOLD OUT
Nov 7 Paulinum Kirche Leipzig (DE)
Nov 15 Sanderum Kirke Odense (DK) Tickets
Dec 5 Helios Teateret Faaborg (DK) Tickets
Dec 6 Konzerthaus Wien Wien (AU) Tickets
Dec 7 Altes Kino St. Florian (AU) Tickets
Dec 8 Zehntscheuer Ravensburg (DE) Tickets
Dec 9 Schloss Nymphenburg München (DE) Tickets
Dec 10 Dreikönigskirche Dresden (DE) Tickets
Dec 12 Gewandhaus Leipzig (DE) Tickets
Dec 13 Passionskirche Berlin (DE) Tickets
Dec 14 St. Jürgenkirche Flensburg (DE) Tickets
Dec 15 Stadttheater Minden (DE) Tickets
Dec 16 Johannes Larsen Museet Kerteminde (DK) Tickets

Biografi - EN | DA

Helene Blum is one of the female musicians who have taken Danish folk to a whole new level. Her inventive, contemporary interpretation of traditional songs reveals their timeless beauty. This musical proficiency coupled with her expressive voice have brought her high acclaim in her native country – and also enabled her to captivate enthusiastic audiences elsewhere in Europe, the USA, Canada and Japan.

In 2004, Helene Blum was the first singer ever to graduate with a degree in folk music from the Carl Nielsen Academy in Odense. The following year, she received a Danish music award in the category Folk Debut of the Year for her first solo album. She finally nailed her success as an artist in 2009 with her personal breakthrough ‘En gang og altid’ (‘Once and always’), which received rave reviews from not just the music press but across the board in the Danish media.

In retrospect, Helene’s artistic development appears preordained. In actual fact, things could have taken a very different turn for this singer born in 1979, for she started out playing classical piano.

Learning the piano and the violin as a small child, she spent much of her time making music with her three sisters. She also sang and played Danish songs, and grew up with church music. Yet even at the age of nineteen, she still wanted to be a pianist.

But then Helene discovered folk, which sounded to her like a huge promise: “I found an incredible freedom that I had to explore – and felt the urge to delve into roots.” Repeatedly forging something new from traditional music has since become a labour of love for her. Performing solo and in various line-ups, including excursions into musical theatre and the opera, Helene Blum seeks creative challenges. She finds inspiration in contemporary poetry, art and Nordic myths as well as the landscape of her native island of Funen, with which she feels a deep-seated bond.

This is all reflected on her album, ‘Men med åbne øjne’, which the Daily Telegraph (UK) declared one of the top ten folk albums of 2013. That same year, the Helene Blum & Harald Haugaard Band won the prestigious European folk music prize ‘Eiserner Eversteiner’. Helene Blum’s fifth and current CD Dråber af tid (‘Droplets of time’) released in 2017 was met with high critical acclaim. One track on the album, ‘Friheden Station’, was a number one hit on Danish radio.

Helene Blum har været med til at give begrebet dansk folkemusik ny betydning. Hendes nutidige og vedkommende fortolkninger af traditionelle sange åbenbarer den danske sangskats tidløse skønhed. Hendes egne sange tager udgangspunkt i denne tradition, men er samtidig personlige og stærke fortællinger. Dette sammenholdt med en klar og udtryksfuld stemme har gjort hende til en anerkendt kunstner, der har erobret et begejstret publikum både i Danmark, Europa, USA, Canada og Japan.

I 2004 blev hun som den første sanger uddannet fra Det Fynske Musikkonservatoriums folkmusikuddannelse. I 2007 modtog hun en ”Danish Music Award” i kategorien ”folk debut of the year” for hendes første soloalbum. Gennembruddet kom med albummet ”En gang og altid” fra 2009, som fik både danske og internationale kritikere til at sprede om sig med begejstrede 5 og 6 stjernede anmeldelser og bragte yderligere stor udenlandsk turnéaktivitet med sig. I bakspejlet synes succesen givet, men vejen kunne have set helt anderledes ud for hende. Som ung spillede hun klaver, og indtil hendes 19. år var Helene Blums sigte at blive pianist. Som barn spillede hun violin sammen med sine tre søstre, og danske sange og salmer var en væsentlig del af hendes musikalske hverdag og opvækst.

Men så opdagede hun folkemusikken: ”Jeg fandt en kæmpe frihed, som jeg var nødt til at udforske – og følte trang til at dykke ned i rødderne”. Derfor blev det en kunstnerisk hjertesag for hende at udforske traditionen med stort vovemod. Hun søger de kreative udfordringer som solist, i forskellige bands og på udflugter til musikteater og opera. Hun har optrådt som solist med Odense Symfoniorkester, på Den Fynske Opera, på Schleswig-Holsteins Landestheater og samarbejdet med en lang række betydelige kunstnere som f.eks. Palle Mikkelborg, Steffen Brandt og den canadiske violinist Ashley MacIsaac. Nutidig lyrik, kunst, nordiske folkesagn og ikke mindst naturen på hendes hjemø Fyn hører til blandt inspirationskilderne, med hvilke hun forbinder sig stærkt.

Hendes album ”Men med åbne øjne” spejler alt dette. Det britiske dagblad Daily Telegraph udråbte det til at være et af de ti bedste folk albums i 2013. Samme år vandt Helene Blum & Harald Haugaard Band den prestigefyldte europæiske folkemusikpris ”Eiserner Eversteiner”. Helene Blums nyeste album Dråber Af Tid, er blevet mødt med stor ros fra kritikere, og nummeret Friheden Station, har ligget øverst på spillelisterne hos DR P5.

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Album Year Price
Julerosen 2016
Men med åbne øje 2013 89,00 kr
En gang og altid 2011 69,00 kr
Liden sol 2010 69,00 kr
En sød og liflig klang 2008 69,00 kr

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Denmark

helene@heleneblum.dk


Germany

Laviola
Anja Hövelmann
anja@laviola.de
T: +49 (0)341 215 85 48

Japan

Plankton
Keiko Kawashima
T: +81 (0)3 3498 2881


Austria/Europe

Triart
Anne Hofstadler
hofstadler@triart.at
T: +43 699123 33 803

Record Label

Pile House Records
info@pilehouserecords.com
www.pilehouserecords.com
Germany
www.westparkmusic.de


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