Phaedra (Norway)/Crystal Beth (Solo)/ The Royal Room Collective Music Ensemble

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Phaedra makes their Royal Room debut from Norway in light of the release of their album "Blackwinged Night" on the Rune Grammofon label.

Phaedra´s debut album "The Sea" (2011) received fantastic international reviews in magazines as diverse as The Wire, Uncut, Shindig and Prog, drawing lines to Vashti Bunyan, Elizabeth Frazer and Nico, while Chicago Reader wrote "this is one of the loveliest, most striking albums, unlike anything I've heard in years".

"Blackwinged Night" is the follow-up, and the second album in a trilogy, a lyrical and musical cycle with its own mythological structure. From the ethereal folk universe of the debut, "Blackwinged Night" dives into a darker dream pop underworld, where acoustic elements of woodwinds, strings and marimba are mixed with layers of analog synths, bigger drums and darker bass lines. Vocals are as crystal clear and haunting as ever, with lyrics circling around themes like creation and collapse, time and falling stars.

Behind tha name Phaedra is Ingvild Langgård, singer, composer and artist. Educated from the Academy of Fine Art, Oslo, she composes music for stage and film in addition to sound, video and installation art projects. In collaboration with choreographer Ingri Fiksdal and scenographer Signe Becker, Langgård made the critically acclaimed performances “The Orchard Ballads” and “Night Tripper”. “Night Tripper” received the Oslo Prize for Best Performance of the Year (2012) and have since toured extencively thoughout Europe, had its US premiere in 2015.

Live Phaedra consists of Langgård herself, with Gunhild Mathea Olaussen on violin and backing vocals, and Ane Marthe Sørlien Holen on percussion and backing vocals.

Crystal Beth: With the reflexes of a mongoose and the swagger of a leftist John Wayne, Crystal Beth* (aka: Beth Fleenor) spins her own brand of posicore purge-pop-punk-hop: a sweaty trance psychedelic ritual. Expect intense currents of bethnic chanting, propelled by the ferocious beating of the Boom Boom…

The Royal Room Collective Music Ensemble is a 15 piece band featuring Seattle's finest and most innovative improvisers under the direction of composer Wayne Horvitz. The RRCME performs Mr. Horvitz's compositions in a loosely constructed format which uses a combination of on-the-spot (re)arranging and various other techniques, some of which have come to be known as "conduction".
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