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Faun @ Faerieworlds 2010, Bad Faeries Day

Faun
* Performance on Saturday, 31 July 2010 * Faerieworlds 2010 * Mt. Pisgah, Eugene, Oregon *
One of my longest running favorite bands that I’ve had the pleasure of seeing live in Worms Germany (2009) as well as their North American premiere at Faerieworlds in 2009. I was introduced to them from a DJ Ferret DVD from Hot Topic and the playing of their songs at local goth clubs in Seattle, Vancouver, Denver, and Colorado Springs. Another big draw to Faerieworlds 2010, Faun performed a spectacular encore performance again this year at Faerieworlds mesmerizing the crowds of Faeries, Pirates, and costumed folk at this years festival. The name of the band comes from the Ancient Greek-Roman mythology term for the Deity “Faunus” or “Pan” which is represented as a forested spirit and is why Oliver Pade, one of the main singers, is nicknamed “Satyr” as it is very related to “Faunus”.
Faun is a extremely talented German Pagan Folk / Darkwave band that was formed in 2002 by Oliver “SaTyr” Pade, Elisabeth Pawelke, Fiona Rüggeberg and Birgit Muggenthaler. Faun takes extreme pride and admiration in the use and incorporation of “ancient” & Medieval instruments that they are quite well known for such as the Celtic Harp, Swedish Nyckelharpa, Hurdy Gurdy, Bagpipes, Cittern, Flutes, Drums, and assortment of stringed instruments; merging them with modern inspiration and in some instances, synthesizing. Singing of old tales, epics, and sagas are the heart of their music incorporating their very skilled grasp of many languages they use in their music, including German, Latin, Modern German, Middle High German, Old Icelandic, West Low German, Hungarian, Finnish, Ladino, and Scandinavian. The band is very proudly inspired and dedicated to “nature” bringing back much of the lost Pagan, Classical, Medieval, and Renaissance flavor of high-admiration for nature, mythology, folklore, and woodland spirits/faeries. Historical and folk tunes blended in world music with a folk twist, ranging from melancholic ballads, ancient Perso-Arab melodies, Swedish nyckelharpa, Middle High German lyrics, to exuberant dances like the Brittanic An Dro, and Medieval/Goth club tunes. Faun consists of Oliver Sa Tyr who does vocals, bosouki, nyckelharpa, celtic harp, and the jews harp; Sandra Elflein who also does vocals, and plays violin; Fiona Rüggeberg also one of the important vocals, blended with her recorders, whistles, bagpipes, and seljefloit; Rüdiger Maul the percussionist brings in the tar, riq, davul, panriqello, darabukka, timba, gaxixi and many other percussion instruments; while Niel Mitra as the only electronic instrument player spices the stage up with his sequencer, sampler, synthesizer, FL Studio, Buzz, Logic Audio, tascam us 224, boss dr 202, Korg Alpha, granular synthesis, folder synthesis, feedbacks, and sounds he has taken from nature and everyday life. The Former members as mentioned were Elisabeth Pawelke who sang vocals and played the hurdy gurdy (the instrument of which I believe Sandra Elflein has taken over); and Birgit Muggenthaler who did whistles, bagpipes, shawm, and vocals. Albums produced by this writing: Zaubersprüche (2002); Licht (2004); Lichtbilder (DVD, 2004); Renaissance (2005); Totem (2007); “Ornament” (DVD: 2007); FAUN & The Pagan Folk Festival – Live feat. Sieben & In Gowan Ring (2008); and Unplugged (2009). They have performed at over 450 locations, festivals, concert halls, and churches throughout Europe including but not limited to Mèra Luna Festival (Germany), Elf Fantasy Fair (Netherlands), Wave Gotik Treffen (Germany), Fiesta Celtica Biella (Italy), Zillo Open Air, Folkwoods Folkfestival (Netherlands), Arena van Vletingen (Belgium), Savari Karneval 2005 (Hungary), Palladius/Barcelona (Spain), Estragon (Italy). Between the distributor Curzweyhl / Rough Trade (Germany) and the Label “Noir Records” (USA) they have sold more than 80,000 CDs worldwide. Also their latest studio CD “TOTEM” reached rank 78 of the german (media control) album charts, rank 6 of the german alternativ charts and rank 1 of the german medieval charts. Rating: 5 stars out of 5.

Previous reviews: Faerieworlds 2009 – Premiere; Faerieworlds Finale – August 2009; Worms Germany 4/3/2009.

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Faun (final performance * Faerieworlds 2009 * August 2, 2009)


Faun

Faun – Day 3 @ Faerieworlds
Faerieworlds * August 2, 2009 * 7-8:45 pm * Mt. Pisgah, Eugene, Oregon *
Somehow I didn’t come to expect that I’d be blessed and lucky enough to see my favorite band twice at this festival. This time, for the finale for Faerieworlds, they played in the daylight as evening was just arriving on Sunday August 2, during family faerie day. An amazing spiral dance was danced to them. So very empowering. I have never been more mesmerized and enchanted by a musical ensemble before until my experiences with “Faun”. The name of the band comes from the Ancient Greek-Roman mythology term for the Deity “Faunus” or “Pan” which is represented as a forested spirit and is why Oliver Pade, one of the main singers, is nicknamed “Satyr” as it is very related to “Faunus”. Faun is a extremely talented German Pagan Folk / Darkwave band that was formed in 2002 by Oliver “SaTyr” Pade, Elisabeth Pawelke, Fiona Rüggeberg and Birgit Muggenthaler. The same year they released their first album “Zaubersprüche” which included the guest musician Niel Mitra who later joined the band as the only member playing electronic instruments. They were joined by percussionist Rüdiger Maul in 2004 replacing Birgit who joined the folk-rock band “Schandmaul”. They lost Elisabeth Pawelke in 2008 as she went to focus her studies in classical song in Basel, Switzerland and was succeeded by Sandra Elflein. Faun takes extreme pride and admiration in the use and incorporation of “ancient” & Medieval instruments that they are quite well known for such as the Celtic Harp, Swedish Nyckelharpa, Hurdy Gurdy, Bagpipes, Cittern, Flutes, Drums, and assortment of stringed instruments; merging them with modern inspiration and in some instances, synthesizing. Singing of old tales, epics, and sagas are the heart of their music incorporating their very skilled grasp of many languages they use in their music, including German, Latin, Modern German, Middle High German, Old Icelandic, West Low German, Hungarian, Finnish, Ladino, and Scandinavian. The band is very proudly inspired and dedicated to “nature” bringing back much of the lost Pagan, Classical, Medieval, and Renaissance flavor of high-admiration for nature, mythology, folklore, and woodland spirits/faeries. Oliver Pade said at the 2004 Summer Darkness festival in Utrecht, Netherlands “We don’t know ourselves what kind of music we play, so we call it paganfolk”. Historical and folk tunes blended in world music with a folk twist, ranging from melancholic ballads, ancient Perso-Arab melodies, Swedish nyckelharpa, Middle High German lyrics, to exuberant dances like the Brittanic An Dro, and Medieval/Goth club tunes.


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Woodland (final day @ Faerieworlds 2009 – 8/2/09)

Woodland
* http://www.woodlandmusic.net/ * performance at Faerieworlds: Day 3 * July 31, 2009 * Main stage *
Another amazing performance of Woodland at their home fest. I much more enjoyed this performance than friday’s … not sure why, but amazed and enchanted on both days. To have them open for Faun and to transition the amazing performances from one favorite band to another was extroadinary and made my day. The kindred spirits of Faerieworlds in their amazing band named “Woodland” whom supernaturally crafts Celtic-inspired Faerie/Pagan trance-rock. Woodland was also founded by Faerieworlds producers/founders Kelly and Emilio Miller-Lopez. Woodland consists of Kelly Miller-Lopez (songwriter; lead vocalist; harp; flutes; percussion; and dance ), Emilio Miller-Lopez (songwriter; guitar; harmony vocals ), Kimmy Smith (Fiddler; traditional reel n’ jig arrangements), Donald Brodsky (bass, didjeridu, electric rhythmn), and reknown Cirque Du Soleil/Trillian Green fame Jarrod Kaplan (drummer/percussionist) . Always a prime feature of Faerieworlds who weave the magic that is the festival and the community. Woodland is most notorious for their album “Twilight” featuring enchanting and magical music about the Faerie realm. One of my all time favorite Pagan and Faerie bands, Woodland enchants all of their listeners. Listening to their music easily transports you to the Faerie realms, displaying the mystery and the beauty of the paradise that is Faerie. Mesmerizing mythic harmonies of the amazing husband and wife team Kelly and Emilio teamed together with Kimmy Smith’s sensational fiddling and jig, merged with Donald Brodsky’s electric rhytmn and didjeridu to the beat of Jarrod Kaplan’s trance inducing percussion makes this a ensemble that not only mesmerizes but ecstatically pleases its audiences, and has being doing so for over 9 years throughout the United States and Europe. Artistic backdrop and inspiration from reknown Faerie artists Brian and Wendy Froud (The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, Star Wars) – together they have brought illumination to the world in the vision of Faerie. Co-founders of the production company “Imaginosis” brought to vision and fruition what we known of “Faerieworlds” today as well as it’s spin-offs of Faeriecon, Masquerade balls, and celebrations. Their performances are a living legend on the stage, with art, style, mystery, enchantment, and ritual merged with their music and art. The band naturally attracts all the woodland inhabitants and faeries from every little shadow of the forest to come play, dance, and frolick. Just like this evening performance, Woodland loves to share the stage and has done so with Faun, Qntal, Solas, Johnny Cunningham, Priscilla Hernandez, Susan McKeown, Trillian Green, Rasputina, Brother, Casey Neill, Phil Cunningham, Kevin Burke and many others. They are currently producing “Seasons in Elfland” as a 2-part compilation being released at FaerieCon 2009 (Part 1) and Faerieworlds 2010 (Part 2). I cannot more strongly recommend catching their performance, events, or festivals whenever possible. Kudos and many thanks to you all for the fantastic art, music, and work you do for us all. Rating: 5 stars out of 5. Official Faerieworlds Photogallery of Woodland.

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Woodland with Special Guests (Faerieworlds 7/31/09)

Woodland with Adam Hurst and Louisa John-Krol
* http://www.woodlandmusic.net/ * performance at Faerieworlds: Day 1 * July 31, 2009 * from 9:30-11 pm on the main stage *
The kindred spirits of Faerieworlds in their amazing band named “Woodland” whom supernaturally crafts Celtic-inspired Faerie/Pagan trance-rock. Woodland was also founded by Faerieworlds producers/founders Kelly and Emilio Miller-Lopez. Woodland consists of Kelly Miller-Lopez (songwriter; lead vocalist; harp; flutes; percussion; and dance ), Emilio Miller-Lopez (songwriter; guitar; harmony vocals ), Kimmy Smith (Fiddler; traditional reel n’ jig arrangements), Donald Brodsky (bass, didjeridu, electric rhythmn), and reknown Cirque Du Soleil/Trillian Green fame Jarrod Kaplan (drummer/percussionist) . Always a prime feature of Faerieworlds who weave the magic that is the festival and the community. Joined in this performance on Friday July 31st, was young Adam Hurst from Portland as a star cellist, guitarist, and mandolin player. This was his first Faerieworlds performance. Another first for Faerieworlds joining woodland in her premiere performance was Louisa John-Krol from Australia (read my review of her at Trolls et Legendes). Woodland is most notorious for their album “Twilight” featuring enchanting and magical music about the Faerie realm. One of my all time favorite Pagan and Faerie bands, Woodland enchants all of their listeners. Listening to their music easily transports you to the Faerie realms, displaying the mystery and the beauty of the paradise that is Faerie. Mesmerizing mythic harmonies of the amazing husband and wife team Kelly and Emilio teamed together with Kimmy Smith’s sensational fiddling and jig, merged with Donald Brodsky’s electric rhytmn and didjeridu to the beat of Jarrod Kaplan’s trance inducing percussion makes this a ensemble that not only mesmerizes but ecstatically pleases its audiences, and has being doing so for over 9 years throughout the United States and Europe. Artistic backdrop and inspiration from reknown Faerie artists Brian and Wendy Froud (The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, Star Wars) – together they have brought illumination to the world in the vision of Faerie. Co-founders of the production company “Imaginosis” brought to vision and fruition what we known of “Faerieworlds” today as well as it’s spin-offs of Faeriecon, Masquerade balls, and celebrations. Their performances are a living legend on the stage, with art, style, mystery, enchantment, and ritual merged with their music and art. The band naturally attracts all the woodland inhabitants and faeries from every little shadow of the forest to come play, dance, and frolick. Just like this evening performance, Woodland loves to share the stage and has done so with Faun, Qntal, Solas, Johnny Cunningham, Priscilla Hernandez, Susan McKeown, Trillian Green, Rasputina, Brother, Casey Neill, Phil Cunningham, Kevin Burke and many others. They are currently producing “Seasons in Elfland” as a 2-part compilation being released at FaerieCon 2009 (Part 1) and Faerieworlds 2010 (Part 2). I cannot more strongly recommend catching their performance, events, or festivals whenever possible. Kudos and many thanks to you all for the fantastic art, music, and work you do for us all. Rating: 5 stars out of 5. Official Faerieworlds Photogallery of Woodland.

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Bone Poet’s Orchestra (Gaia Consort @ Faerieworlds 7/31/09)

Bone Poets Orchestra (formerly known as Gaia Consort)

* http://gaiaconsort.com/ * performance at Faerieworlds: Day 1 * July 31, 2009 * from 5:45-6:45 pm on the main stage *

One of my all-time favorite Pagan bands I’ve seen throughout the years from Pagan Spirit Gathering, Faerieworlds, and various local festivals in their home area of Seattle, Washington … played once again at Faerieworlds on the opening day for the 2009 festival. I didn’t realize it until doing a little internet research, but apparently the band has changed it’s name to “Bone Poets Orchestra” from “Gaia Consort”. I’ve only known them as the former. Gaia Consort first evolved as “Suddenly Naked Arts Collective” at Nudestock in 1997. You find Gaia Consort playing mostly spiritual gatherings, local parties, house concerts, and self-produced gigs in the Pacific Northwest. The band describes their music as “a movie sound track for the gathering of the tribes. Include some intelligent lyrics about evolution, sensuality, engaging the natural world, and then throw in a string trio. Imagine Ian Anderson with Peter Gabriel doing a mash-up between So and Thick as a Brick.” I can’t say I fully agree with their own description, but I can say they are an amazing earth blessing band. Weaving rhythmns and melodies about folklore, spirituality, and the natural world, mixed with some amazing dance concoctions, and this Orchestra will get you dancing in a trance you’ll never forget. With Christopher Bingham and Sue Tinney are the main vocals, currently backed up with Larry Golding (violin), Sunnie Reed (viola), TJ Morris (drums), Jay Kenney (keyboard), Betsy Tinney (cello) and Dan Mohler (bass), they have through the years had an amazing “orchestra” of the Pacific Northwest’s finest talent. Their music shifts you between the realms and into the past, transcending modern culture to the roots of human kind. Simply amazing and enchanting. Rating: 4 stars out of 5.


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The Wickermen (7/31/09 Performance at Faerieworlds)

Wicker Men
http://www.myspace.com/wickermen * http://tribes.tribe.net/thewickermen * performance at Faerieworlds: Day 1 * July 31, 2009 * from 2:30 pm – 3:15 pm on the main stage *
A very talented band from California that bills themselves as “Gypsy Druid Folk Rock Voodoo” are a Pagan band who spins forth earth-based rhythmn that comes from deep within. They merge numerous traditional instruments with spiritual vocals to tell stories in their songs, paint Druidic imagery, storytelling, and gypsy rock that will make you dance. The band consists of duo … Patience Yanderling (Los Angeles) who is the main singer/songwriter armed with a double necked 6 & 12 string acoustic guitar; Hojji Firemaker (Nevada City, CA) who beats the percussion such as the djembe and a bell harp that he created. The music is definitely enchanting in its own rock-n-roll way. They are not new as an addition to Faerieworlds having appeared from 2006-2008 and premiering now on the main stage in 2009. I very much enjoyed their performance, spirit, and addition to Faerieworlds 2009. Kudos! Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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