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(c) Miro Majcen

Laibach

(Slowenien)

Saal unbestuhlt

Concert

LAIBACH have announced details of The Sound of Music Tour for 2019. Starting with dates in Poland, Laibach travel through Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Switzerland, Italy, the Netherlands and the UK and will be joined on the tour by guest vocalists Marina Martensson and Boris Benko performing songs from their eagerly awaited album, The Sound of Music, out on Mute on 23 November 2018 on vinyl, CD and digitally. 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 film’s soundtrack at the concert in Pyongyang, chosen by Laibach as it’s a well-known and beloved film in the DPRK and often used by schoolchildren to learn English. 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 President Donald Trump and the leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-un), as well as the workout of the Gayageum, a traditional Korean zither-like string instrument, performed by students from the Kum Song Music School in Pyongyang.