- Sat Mar 04 2017
- 8:00 pm
- Main Hall
- Agnes Obel
Saturday, March 4, 2017
in The Great Hall’s Main Hall
Singer songwriter Agnes Obel returns to Toronto and The Great Hall on her latest North American tour, with a new album, Citizen of Glass.
Called a “piano-troublemaker of the highest order” in her native Denmark, Berlin-based Obel has been building a global fan base with her trademark mix of classical and folk influences, connecting, as she puts it, “all sorts of genres from different times.”
With two ethereal, hypnotic albums behind her (2010’s Philharmonics, 2013’s Aventine), in Citizen of Glass, Obel has created her most ambitious work to date, complementing her compositions with grand instrumentation, including violin, cello, spinet and the Trautonium. Yet these additions never overwhelm, staying true to her commitment to minimalism, piano work and usually delicate vocals.
Obel’s latest album title comes from the German legal concept of the “gläserner bürger,” meaning “the glass citizen.” It’s a term that refers to privacy — if somebody is glass, every detail about them is known, public and supposedly clear. Though like the material itself, a person can, of course, never be completely transparent. Like glass, one can be distorted, cracked, mirrored, strong, shattered, or a reflection of something very different than what it originally appears.
As always, her distinctive music reminds people that we all have many viewpoints and definitions. Don’t miss your chance to hear often sold-out artist Agnes Obel live at The Great Hall in Toronto.