Edgar Allan Poe's Haunted Palace
Next month The Tiger Lillies will premiere a brand new show at the Bergen International Festival based on the work of the legendary, gothic writer Edgar Allan Poe. An album of the songs from the show will be released at the same time and will be available here in the shop.
The show features a new suite of songs written by Martyn and adapted from some of Poe's most famous stories and poems. It also features visuals from regular Tiger Lillies collaborator Mark Holthusen (The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and Lulu - A Murder Ballad). After the premiere in Bergen Poe's Haunted Palace will tour Europe in the Autumn and in to 2018.
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.
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.
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.