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B L O D B Y L G J E
Blodbylgje by Kati Ran was released in December 2018. It features the renowed Norwegian blackmetal vocalist Gaahl.

V i n d a
Single VINDA Acoustic featuring Helisir

L Y S
LYS was released in October 2015 and features ten original tracks

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About
"Music can be considered one of the strongest ways to communicate with one another on a intimate and personal level. Music created from deep within can transmit pure feeling and universal emotions. Therefore, music is a reminder that we are part of nature; it may cause the listener to wake up and see the beauty of the dream called Life." - Kati Rán

Music Biography
Change is a force of nature. When paganfolk singer and multi-instrumentalist Kati Rán dissolved her band L.E.A.F. in 2015 to embark on a solo project RÁN, it was so that a new, more primal vision could emerge, unbound by conventional song structure and tuned to the vast dynamics where intuition and the elemental meet.

That vision is about to surface with the release of the track, Blodbylgje. Delving deeper into Nordic mythology and the perpetual currents that course through them, it’s an immersive, 15-minute séance, featuring guest vocals from world-renowned Gaahls Wyrd frontman Gaahl, that takes the metaphor-rich environs of the ocean as both its thematic and sonic guide. Restless yet meditative, finding its bearings in glacial yet ceaseless flow and flux, it’s bound to both the rhythms of the ancient Nordic Eddas, and the enigmatic essence of its spiritual guide, Blóðughadda – one of the nine, sea-personifying daughters of Ægir and Rán, said to represent the ‘bloody hair’ red crest of the waves.

Recorded at home and in the studios of Heilung’s Christoper Juul and former Enslaved keyboard player and vocalist Herbrand Larsen, Blodbylgje doesn’t seek to recreate ancient forms, it’s an act of regeneration. Kati’s velveteen, trance-borne reveries, incantations and stern, spoken word narration, merged with the abyssal undertow of Gaahl’s baritone chants, chart a new and expansive set of sonic co-ordinates. Awash in susurrating drones drawn from oceanic overtones, and the creak and distant crash of ropes and waves, Blodbylgje re-imagines the sea as mercurial and enriching, amniotic medium. A fever dream that unloosens the boundaries of consciousness, it retunes itself to both the unfamiliar beyond and earlier, residual states of awareness within.

A herald of a larger work to come, Blodbylgje is the embarking of a journey that has already ranged past all know marker points.
It begins here, as a whisper to reawaken the core.

“There was always a moment, sailing between the shore and island, when neither was in sight.” – Steve Erickson, ‘Tours Of The Black Clock’

Words by Jonathan Selzer


RÁN is a Dutch vocalist performing mostly in Nordic languages. In her work she utilizes a variety of historical folk instruments, such as the Swedish Nyckelharpa, Hammered Dulcimer, Norwegian Kraviklyra, (overtone & bone) flutes, Finnish Kantele, percussion instruments and skin-drums.

"From the start is has been my intention to make music that carries the power to reconnect people back to nature, to their history and to each other, while sounding fresh and pure as Nature itself."

Currently Rán writes on a new album. No further live shows are planned during the writing and recording process.

Press & Facts

Highlights

- Kati Rán is a self taught Dutch vocalist and folk instrumentalist singing Nordic and self written repertoire. With RÁN she currates all aspects of the project; from composing and lyrical writing to produced end-products and promotional videos.

- RÁN performs on a variety of historical folk instruments, such as the Swedish nyckelharpa, hammered dulcimer, Norwegian Kraviklyra, (overtone & bone) flutes, Finnish kantele, percussion and skin drums.

- 2018 RÁN recorded vocals, nyckelharpa and percussion for the cinema Viking film Redbad by director Roel Reine. Audio production by composer Trevor Morris.

- 2017 RÁN appears live as one of the folkmusicians for Myrkur's Folkesange Tour and as a special guest on shows of Gaahls Wyrd.

- 2017 RÁN was asked to perform as a Völva for the opening act for MYRKA during the Reykjavík Fashion Festival 2017 at HARPA concert hall in Iceland. Together with local producer Bjarki Hallbergsson, Ran created a custom vocal performance and a new track to open the press & invitee exclusive showcase. A völva was considered a very powerful female shaman and seer in the Norse mythology. The theme was to reflect Icelands' Norse mythology, the textures and threads of the Icelandic landscape and it's Viking ancestry.

- 2016 Release of RÁN's music videos Suurin and Vinda.. Suurin was directed by Ran with a professional film and editing team of INVITE-AV at hand. The musicvideo Vinda was created in collaboration with the artist Helisir, filmdirector Nick Steinbuch, TwinRune studios NL and post production and audio mastering by Christopher Juul.

- 2016 Nyckelharpa recordings were made by RÁN for the Danish black metal vocalist MYRKUR for several tracks of 'Marerid' at LAVA Studios by Christopher Juul.

- 2015 Recording and release of the successful full length, solo album LYS with Christopher Juul on board as her producer, recorder and arranger at LAVA studios DK.

- 2012 Release of the five track debut EP 'Leaf'. Recorded by producer and recording engineer Fieke van den Hurk with the original band members of L.E.A.F.

- 2011 Release of the co-founded dark-folk project FOLK NOIR, together with Oliver S. Tyr (FAUN). Together they released a five track debut Ep ' Songs from Home', recorded in Ran's living room. Their music was performed live until end 2014 with Kati Ran on board.

- 2010 Founding and publication of the first nordic project L.E.A.F with the debut single Nymånen.

 

Collaborations & Artist Quotes


MYRKUR "I first met Kati Rán on the viking burial grounds at Midgardsblot 2015. After we had talked for a bit, she took out her nyckelharpa and played beautifully for me, right there on the ground, and I knew I was in the presence of a real artist. Her album LYS is a stunning mix of traditional European folk music with a new and fresh interpretation. She bring ancient instrumentation and sense of melody to a different place, that both take you back in time but also somewhere new.. "   - A. Brun | MYRKUR | RELAPS Records

RÁN and Myrkur recorded amongst others an acoustic version of Myrkurs song Himlen Blev Sort in LAVA studios, Denmark - November 2016
Video: Ran on nyckelharpa with Myrkur

WARDRUNA "The album LYS is a dream come true. Beautiful harmonies merge between the vocals of Ran and her instruments. Personal favorites are the tracks Flamme, Harpa Toner and the title track Lys that have been going on repeat in the living room. " -Lindy Fay Hella | WARDRUNA

Ran has appeared on stage as a opening act or guest musician with the Norwegian group Wardruna on several occasions in the past, including the specially curated concert by Wardruna's "House of the Spinning Seer" at ROADBURN 2015, for which Ran and Einar Selvik gathered additional choir in the Netherlands. Concert: WARDRUNA 'House of the Spinning Seer' 2015

HEILUNG Ran provided full management for Heilung's debut live concert 'LIFA' at Castlefest 2017 in close coordination with music producer Christopher Juul, the band and technical crew. The entire performance was filmed, mixed, mastered and released on November 3rd 2017. The full visual and musical stage ritual in HD, 4K video can be viewed here : Heilung LIFA full concert 

Upon request Ran has worked additionally as booker, artist & tour manager under the name 3Norns Productions. Regarded clients and friends previously worked for are Heilung (DK), Euzen (DK), Songleikr (DK/NO), Fiona Frewert (DE) and Dutch bookings for Kaunan in 2014-2015 (DE).

 

Press Quotes

- "It’s pitch black and a single light comes on. A mesmerising tune from a mysterious woman fills the space. The opening act Ran at Reykjavík Fashion Festival was in perfect harmony with the first fashion brand on the runway, Inspired by the Icelandic heritage, raw nature and mysticism, Myrka mirrors the culture in its design by using the depth of the Icelandic country." -NordicStyleMag | RRF 2017

-"Opening act Ran at the RFF 2017 completely owned the show and kickstarted the Rekjavik Fashion Festival with a loud bam! I got the honour to saw these amazing designers and artists conquer the world in one night."  -Inga Sörens, Iceland Photography & Editorial. |  RRF 2017

- "Like a great wind he came to her. The world drew breath and let it out again in a great shout that was all runes, all names, all meaning. The divided self was once more, in a union beyond time or place or person, self-known. Takk Kati Ran." - MYRKA Harpa Einarsdottir | RRF 2017

-" Kati Ran, multi-instrumentalist and possessor of a voice that could becalm Genghis Khan is forced to start her debut live performance before the main area (at Midgardsblot Norway) has opened to public, but the rush toward the stage is an indication of their cache amongst pagan folk fans. Intricate and worldly their journey from primistine tapestries to full blooded swirling rites, sends devotees in to a frenzy. " -TeamRock Metal-Hammer | MIDGARDSBLOT Norway 2016

- " ... and then followed the first band of one of the musical highlights of the weekend (Festival Mediaval 2016); Kati Ran (L.E.A.F) we could already see last year with Folk Noir, this year she brought her own band. The group presents new songs from the brand new Nordic Folk album LYS and they all convince. A very strong performance and presentation follows from the three blonds at the front and their musicians in the back. The only minus was the programming of their set much too early on the day, because those who could not make the early hour have missed a true musical highlight of the weekend." - Griftmusik.de | Festival Mediaval Germany 2016

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