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New Olympic themed Liima Video for Russians

August 4, 2016 by Rasmus

Liima (the band we share with Tatu Rönkkö) has just premiered a new video for the song Russians of our debut album ‘ii‘. The video is nicely timed with the Olympics in Rio starting tomorrow!

Liima will be touring European Summer Festivals in August and in September they will go on a Danish and a North American tour. Tour dates and more here:

The song Russians started with the find of an unnamed sample that turned out to be the opening song for the Olympics in Moscow in 1980. Find more details below the video.

If this YouTube video is blocked in your country go here or here.

Official press release:

Liima premiere ‘Russians’ – a video about one of the biggest Olympic boycotts in its history

Liima have presented a short film for the song ‘Russians’, which blur the lines between music video and documentary as it tells the controversial story of the 1980 Olympic Games where more than sixty nations boycotted the Moscow event citing political protest.

‘Russians’ was inspired by an orchestral record found entirely by chance. Awed by the music on this nameless album, Liima decided to sample the track’s horn section and build a song around it. It was only later they discovered the orchestral piece was written by the legendary Russian composer Aleksandra Pakhmutova who had created it for the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games opening ceremony.

Directed by Danish filmmaking duo Jonas Bang and M.I.L.K, the pair tracked down one of the athletes who was affected by the 1980 boycott, retired West German javelin thrower Michael Wessing. A gold medal favourite, his story is central to ‘Russians’ where he talks frankly about the protest and its lasting effect on his life, which ultimately led to him giving up his career and Olympic dream.

“The Olympic Games is a peace movement, an arena for nations to compete and show greatness through sport performances rather than war and politics,” Bang and M.I.L.K explain. “But just as in 1980, politics has a habit of muddying those honest intentions. So with the upcoming games in Rio and the personal disaster for the numerous Russian athletes banned due to a state-organized doping scheme, we felt it was time for a reminder to keep the Olympics pure and honor its peace-positive values. Remember that it is the athletes who pay the price of nations’ political games.”

‘Russians’ is taken from Liima’s debut album ii, out now.

Liima is the Nordic quartet formed by Finnish percussionist Tatu Rönkkö plus Mads Brauer, Casper Clausen and Rasmus Stolberg of Danish act Efterklang.

“With Efterklang we worked for years on an album and were rarely satisfied,” say the band. “In Liima it’s all about the spontaneous creation of music. Every now and then we just meet in a city, experiment for a week and present the final results by playing a concert – without any form of editing. Our debut album is based on these experiments.”.

August 5 – KATOWICE, OFF Festival
August 9 – OSLO, Øya Festival
August 10 – LUXEMBOURG, Congés Annulés
August 11 – REES, Haldern Pop Festival
August 12 – GOTHENBURG, Way Out West Festival
August 13 – HELSINKI, Flow Festival
August 26 – STORKOW, Alínæ Lumr
August 27 – AMSTERDAM, Amsterdam Woods Festival
September 8 – COPENHAGEN, Jazzhouse
September 9 – AARHUS, Atlas
September 10 – AALBORG, Studenterhuset
September 19 – LOS ANGELES, CA, The Echo
September 21 – SAN FRANCISCO, CA, Swedish American Hall
September 22 – PORTLAND, OR, Doug Fir Lounge
September 24 – SEATTLE, WA, Barboza
September 27 – CHICAGO, IL, Schuba’s Tavern
September 28 – TORONTO, ON, The Drake Hotel
September 29 – MONTREAL, QC, Bar Le Ritz
October 1 – BROOKLYN, NY, Baby’s All Right
October 23 – ROTTERDAM, WORM
October 24 – COLOGNE, Gebäude 9
October 26 – TOURCOING, Le Grand Mix
October 27 – VENDÔME, Festival Rockomotives
October 28 – BERGEN, Ekko Festival
October 29 – HASSELT, Nordic Nights
October 30 – LISBON, Jameson Urban Routes
November 5 – REYKJAVIK, Iceland Airwaves

The video was made in collaboration with prxjects, a culture lab by Mercedes-Benz.

Posted in Liima, Tatu+Efterklang, Video |

Liima – Roger Waters – New video!

March 10, 2016 by Rasmus

Liima has a new video for their song ROGER WATERS from the upcoming album ‘ii’.

The video is directed by Plastic Zoo. The album is out March 18th on 4AD.

Liima will be go on tour once the album is released. Live dates here:

Posted in Liima, Tatu+Efterklang, Video |

Liima – 513

February 25, 2016 by Rasmus

A new song has been shared from Liima’s upcoming album ‘ii‘.

The album is out March 18th 2016 on 4AD. Listen to 513 here:

Posted in Liima, Tatu+Efterklang |

AMERIKA – new Liima video

February 20, 2016 by Rasmus

Liima is Tatu Rönkkö  + Efterklang and this is our new video for first single ‘Amerika‘. The video is directed by Olivier Groulx and shot on location in Palmdale in California.

ii‘ the Liima debut album will be released March 18th 2016 on 4AD. Pre-order on

Posted in Liima, Tatu+Efterklang, Video |

Liima ‘ii’ – debut album to released in March

January 13, 2016 by Rasmus

Liima – the band we share with Tatu Rönkkö – has just announced details of the release of their debut album ‘ii‘.

The album will be released March 18th 2016 on 4AD and as of today you can listen to ‘Amerika‘ – the first track taken from the album.

There is also a new website – - where you can pre-order the album and check the upcoming tour. For additional info go to the 4AD website.


Posted in Liima, Tatu+Efterklang, Tour |

Efterklang take-over: Leaves, Liima, films – More Music – Brugge April 2016

December 10, 2015 by Rasmus

Leaves photos by Mathias Løvgren Bojesen

More Music! festival has dedicated a whole day of their program to Efterklang.

Come and join us in Brugge, Belgium on April 8th 2016.

They are calling it REVERBERATIONS: An Evening with Efterklang.

We are bringing the entire LEAVES team for a concert version performance of the opera that we co-composed with Karsten Fundal.

Our other band Liima, that we share with Tatu Rönkkö, will also be performing and there will be screenings of the films An Island (by Vincent Moon & Efterklang) and The Ghost of Piramida (by Andread Koefoed & Efterklang).


LEAVES premiered at Copenhagen Opera Festival July 2015 in co-production with Sort/Hvid. The opera is composed by Karsten Fundal and Efterklang and features English lyrics by Ursula Andkjær Olsen. All 16 original performances took place in a abandoned hospital / cold-war bunker and were completely sold-out.

The performance at More Music will be a concert version of Leaves, with the same team of singers and musicians from the Copenhagen performances.

Singers: Lisbeth Balslev (soprano) – Morten Grove Frandsen (counter tenor) – Katinka Fogh Vindelev (soprano) – Nicolai Elsberg (bass) – Casper Clausen (Efterklang)

Musicians: Mads Brauer (electronics, Efterklang) – Rasmus Stolberg (bass, Efterklang) – Bjarke Mogensen (accordion) – Jenny Lüning (viola) – Josefine Weber (viola) – Marie Louise Lind (cello) – Josefine Opsahl (cello) – Ying-Hsueh Chen (percussion) – Sara Nigard Rosendal (percussion) – Michael Min Knudsen (organ)


When Liima played at Le Guess Who? a few weeks ago they also recorded a session for 3VOOR12.

Watch them perform ‘Amerika’, ‘Your Heart’ and ‘Trains in the Dark’ via YouTube:

Posted in An Island, Concerts, Efterklang, Film, Leaves, Liima, Tatu+Efterklang, The Ghost of Piramida |

Liima – New Music – New Tour – New Album

October 9, 2015 by Rasmus

Tatu Rönkkö + Efterklang = Liima

We’re making plans for recording an album.

We’re playing 6 concerts in the near future:

15.10 – LEIPZIG, DE – Conne Island | Info & Tickets
16.10 – PRAGUE, CZ – Meet Factory | Info & Tickets
17.10 – GRAZ, AU – Steirischer Herbs Festival | Info & Tickets

19.11 – HAMBURG, DE – Greatest Hits Festival, Kampnagel | Info & Tickets
20.11 – UTRECHT, NL – Le Guess Who? Festival | Info & Tickets
22.11 – SØNDERBORG, DK – Define Festival | Info & Tickets

We’re happy to share this full concert recording from Best Kept Secret Festival in June. The recording features new songs: Amerika, Black Beach and Inside a Mountain. All three songs were written in May during our residency on the island of Madeira.

Posted in Concerts, Liima, Tatu+Efterklang |


June 12, 2015 by Rasmus

We have arrived to the Swiss Alps in the form of Liima (Tatu Rönkkö + Efterklang) and we’re looking forward to start our Summer tour at B-Sides Festival tonight!

Here is the upcoming tour:
12.06 – LUCERNE, CH – B-Sides Festival | Info & Tickets
13.06 – BIRMINGHAM, UK – Super Sonic Festival | Info & Tickets
14.06 – BRISTOL, UK – The Lantern | Info & Tickets
15.06 – LONDON, UK – Village Underground | Info & Tickets
17.06 – BRUGES, BE – Concertgebouw | Info & Tickets
18.06 – PARIS, FR – Badaboum | Info & Tickets
19.06 – HILVARENBEEK, NL – Best Kept Secret Festival | Info & Tickets
29.08 – BERLIN, DE – BY THE LAKE FESTIVAL | Info & Tickets

Hope to see you and here are some Liima recordings for you to listen to:

Posted in Liima |

Greetings from Madeira / New music from Istanbul

May 27, 2015 by Rasmus

Tatu Rönkkö + Efterklang = Liima

Greetings from Madeira where Liima are currently artists in residence on invitation from the wonderful Aleste Festival. We are writing new music that we will premiere at a concert here on Saturday and on our tour in June (dates below).

Back in January we had a week long residency in Istanbul on invitation from the great local venue Salon IKSV. We wrote four new songs which we then premiered at two concerts in Salon IKSV on January 9th and 10th. The concerts were recorded and starting today you can listen to the new songs via Liima’s Soundcloud page.

The Lake Radio also recently shared a full recording of Liima’s concert in Jazzhouse in Copenhagen on March 26th. You can listen to it via The Lake’s Soundcloud page.


May 30 – FUNCHAL, MADEIRA, PT – aLeste Festival – info

Jun 12 – LUCERNE, CH – B-Sides Festival – info
Jun 13 – BIRMINGHAM, UK – Supersonic Festival – info
Jun 14 – BRISTOL, UK – The Lantern at Colston Hall – info
Jun 15 – LONDON, UK – Village Underground – info
Jun 17 – BRUGGE (BE) – Concertgebouw – info
Jun 18 – PARIS (FR) – Badaboum – info

Thanks for reading and listening. Hope to see you on some of those dates above!

Casper, Mads, Rasmus & Tatu

Liima in Jardim do Mar, Madeira – May 21st 2015

Posted in Liima, Tatu+Efterklang, Tour |

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