Music

Coppelius, Castlefest, Elfia, fantasy, steampunk

Coppelius

Coppelius – the great proof that rock music goes back to 19th century!

Six noble, but mysteriously pale Gentlemen with silk hats and tailcoats play their chamber chore instruments in a fascinating way, accompanied by their japanese drummer. With catchy melodies, thrilling rhythms and mosh-able highlights, they create a new kind of Rock Show. Travelling and performing with their butler at all times, they also deliver a great theatrical performance.

Having fallen out of their original time, as the Gentlemen assure, they had to adapt to modern times – and now, stuck in our present and their future, they perform their very own kind of chamber music – “Kammercore” – on a technical level suited for opera houses. As bizarre as it is outstanding, their stage show includes a magnificent performance which makes Coppelius an absolute highlight for metal heads, steampunkers and gothics alike.

Their songs mostly borrow themes from so-called “dark romanticism” – madness, drug experiences and the sometimes scary influence of modern technology – but they also include cover versions of songs known from Iron Maiden and Motörhead in the very unique style of Coppelius.

Coppelius plays on Thursday and Friday at Castlefest.

Irfan

IRFAN is an Ethereal World Music band formed in Sofia, Bulgaria in 2001. The kaleidoscopic sound of IRFAN reveals an original electro-acoustic World Fusion influenced by the sacred and folk music traditions of the Balkans, Anatolia, Persia, the Middle East, North Africa and India, as well as by the musical and spiritual heritage of Byzantium, Medieval Europe and the Ancient Mediterranean. Its integrity bears the depths of an audio-archeology that explores the lost prehistoric universal musical heritage within the layers of time. IRFAN is known for its extensive use of ethereal and mystic female vocals in addition to strong male vocals and choirs in combination with an assortment of traditional Bulgarian, Turkish, Middle Eastern, Persian and Indian string, wind, key and percussive instruments woven into a delicate electronic sound. The band’s name is borrowed from the Sufi’s terminology and means “gnosis”, “secret knowledge” or “revelation”. And indeed the music of IRFAN is an invitation for a mystical trip in and beyond time. A message, poetically revealed in the language of the heart.

Band Members:
Ivaylo Petrov – oud, baglama saz, tambura, setar, sitar, santour, programming
Kalin Yordanov – vocals, daf, bodhran, darbouka
Peter Todorov – darbouka, zarb, riq, electronic percussion pad
Yasen Lazarov – kaval, nay, duduk, harmonium

Featuring:

Darina Zlatkova – vocals

elektronische keltische muziek, the sidh, castlefest 2018, dubstep, folk

The SIDH

The SIDH is a young and energetic band, always looking for new ideas and musical arrangements, without forgetting their roots. A combination of highly contemporary and electronic Celtic music, by use of whistles and bagpipes, keyboards and percussion, Hip Hop and Dubstep beats, creating an original and innovative result. This way they are able to create atmospheres with a distinctive scent of “future tradition”. 

With dozens of Tours between Europe and Asia (China, Ireland, Poland, Italy to name a few), collaborations with the world’s greatest artists (Lindsey Stirling, Hevia, Red Hot Chilli Pipers and many more), these four young musicians are able to recreate strong and exciting sounds made with Dubstep rhythms and Scottish Bagpipes, Hip Hop and Irish Whistles.

The SIDH will present their latest album “Another Way to Fly” released worldwide at the beginning of 2018.

The SIDH plays on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Castlefest.

nordic folk, kaunan, castlefest 2018

KAUNAN

The Nordic folk trio KAUNAN breathe new life into old traditional Scandinavian music, re-awakening the ancient realms of pre-Christian folklore by drawing on ancient songs and tunes; odd scales; early folk instruments like the kontrabasharpa, the hurdy-gurdy, various lutes, the lyre, and the bagpipes; and the old Nordic myths.

KAUNAN is Oliver S. Tyr (Ger.), Boris Koller (Au.) and Göran Hallmarken (Swe). Oliver S. Tyr is the frontman of the well-known German folk band FAUN. Boris Koller is a professional painter and composer who specializes in working with the old types of Nyckelharpa (the Kontrabasharpa, and Gammelharpa). He has contributed to numerous studio productions and concerts performed by various early music ensembles. Göran Hallmarken is one of the most outstanding hurdy-gurdy players on the Swedish folk and medieval music scene.

As of now (2017), KAUNAN have played concerts in Germany, Sweden, France and the Netherlands. Audiences have been fascinated not only by their virtuous performances, but also by the drive and archaic power that lies behind their fresh interpretations of the old nordic songs. KAUNAN do not simply play a Polska; they celebrate it, with almost religious passion.

KAUNAN plays on Friday at Castlefest.

More information will follow soon.