EDGAR ALLAN POE'S HAUNTED PALACE
In a haunted palace a young poet meets the devilish Raven, who supplies him with especially black ink, which guarantees glory and honour. The poet writes frantically and soon runs out. Desperate for more ink, he careers through the many corridors and halls of the palace. In each room he finds a story, a poem, a page of Poe’s imagination, and everywhere there are dying maidens.In a haunted palace a young poet meets the devilish Raven, who supplies him with especially black ink, which guarantees glory and honour.
Loosely based on Poe’s tales and poems, and inspired by his stormy and tragic life, the concert performance retains the author’s own black sense of humour while navigating the inner paths of his soul.
The poet writes frantically and soon runs out. Desperate for more ink, he careers through the many corridors and halls of the palace. In each room he finds a story, a poem, a page of Poe’s imagination, and everywhere there are dying maidens. The Tiger Lillies, infamous for their characteristic sound reminiscent of opera and gypsy music and their raw passion, make music in the intersection between the offensive and the brilliant. It is three years since they last visited Bergen and its festival, and the band promise a visual nightmare and a bizarre musical extravaganza when they – joined by two actors for the occasion – delve into the unfathomable jolie laide world of Edgar Allan Poe. Running time: 90 minutes
The music for Edgar Allan Poe’s Haunted Palace featuring the Tiger Lillies was commissioned by the Théâtre du Volcan Bleu, France
The Tiger Lillies: Martyn Jacques: vocals, accordion, guitar, ukulele, piano, harmonium, organ, backing vocals, drums (on tracks 2 & 12)
Adrian Stout: upright bass, bass guitar, saw, theremin, backing vocals Jonas Golland: percussion, vocals. Director: Paul Golub Musical Director: Martyn Jacques Visual Direction: Mark Holthusen Written by Peder Bjurman Cast: Peter Caulfield and Lucy Kilpatrick Costumes: Sylvie Martin-Hyszka, assisted by Magali Perrin-Toinin Make-up: Jérôme Ventura Technical Director: Xavier Fananas Video: David Bernard Sound: Claus BuehlerEdgar Allan Poe’s Haunted Palace featuring the Tiger Lillies is produced by Le Théâtre du Volcan Bleu (France) and co-produced by the Bergen International Festival (Norway), La Maison de la Musique de Nanterre (France), Le Théâtre de l’Union - Centre Dramatique National du Limousin (France) and Quaternaire (France).
Produced with the support of L’Etablissement Public du Parc et de la Grande Halle de La Villette, Paris (France), La Scène Nationale de Sète et du Bassin de Thau (France), L’OARA, l’Office Artistique de la Région Nouvelle-Aquitaine (France). Le Théâtre du Volcan Bleu is funded by the French Ministry of Culture (DRAC Nouvelle-Aquitaine) Album recorded & mixed by Timm Brockmann at Red Light Studio, Berlin, January-March 2017
All bass, saw and theremin tracks recorded by Adrian Stout at Blurt Studios, London Drums on the album recording played by Timothy Remfrey Produced by Martyn Jacques CD produced by The Tiger Lillies CD artwork and design by Frédéric Domont
All songs written by Martyn Jacques after original works by Poe
Copyright and publishing Misery Guts Music Ltd. 2017