The Sound Of Music
The Sound of Music was conceived when Laibach were infamously invited to perform in North Korea in 2015. The band performed several songs from the 1965 films soundtrack at the concert in Pyongyang. The Sound of Music was chosen by Laibach as its a well-known and beloved film in the DPRK that is often used by schoolchildren to learn English. Laibach are joined by Boris Benko (Silence) and Marina Mårtensson on vocals. The album gives the Laibach treatment to tracks such as My Favorite Things, Edelweiss, Do-Re-Mi and Maria, here reworked as Maria / Korea (How do you solve a problem like Maria / Korea?).
While the majority of the tracks on the album are from the film, the band also included Arirang, an interpretation of a traditional Korean folk song considered the unofficial national anthem of both North and South Korea (and released recently to mark the historic summit in Singapore between Donald Trump and the leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-un). Also included is their own workout of the Gayageum, a traditional Korean zither-like string instrument performed by students from the Kum Song Music School in Pyongyang and a recording of the bands welcome speech to Korea from Mr. Ryu from the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea Committee for Cultural Relations.
Laibachs groundbreaking performance in North Korea was documented by director, artist and cultural diplomat Morten Traavik in the film Liberation Day (described by MOJO as a humorous, disturbing, illuminating and sometimes moving immersion into an anomalous communist mirror-world
) which is out now via ITunes following its screening for Storyville on BBC4.
The album was recorded and produced in Ljubljana, Slovenia and in Pyongyang, North Korea. It represents another successful collaboration between Laibach and Silence (Primo Hladnik and Boris Benko), who previously co-created Laibachs 2006 Volk album.
The band will open the Steirischer Herbst festival in Austria with the live premiere of The Sound of Music on September 20. The performance will feature a string sextet and childrens choir. A member of Laibach will DJ in a club in the middle of a mountain in the city of Graz later that evening. On the September 21, Ivo Salinger (aka Ivan Novak) will be in conversation with the director of the festival. Ahead of then, the band will perform in Ljubljana with the Lviv Philharmonic Orchestra and have confirmed two dates in Russia in October. Further dates to be added full details at http://www.laibach.org/future-events/
Over 35 years on from their genesis in the then-Yugoslavian industrial town Trbovlje, Laibach are still the most internationally acclaimed band to have come out of the former Communist countries of Eastern and Central Europe. Founded in the death year of the countrys founding father Tito, and rising to fame as Yugoslavia steered towards self-destruction, Laibach can make you think, dance and march to the same music.