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Lys
LYS by Kati Ran was released in October 2015. It features ten original tracks and can be found on all online music platforms and our webshop.

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"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."

Fascinated by this phenomena Kati Ran learned to create, step by step, her own music and capture new melodies and songs. Under the name RAN she embarked on a journey to record and perform mythological themes from Northern history with her music.

Ran is a Dutch vocalist performing mostly in Nordic languages. Ran performs on 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."

Music biography

Kati Ran - a vocalist and folk instrumentalist has not anyone's typically 'trained' musicians background. Instead Ran started in her 20's to create music in a autodidact, intuitive way.

Working for several years as crew and occasional guest musician for the Dutch folk-rock band OMNIA (merchandiser, crew 2003-2006) and the German folk group FAUN (merchandiser, crew and conceptual research 2006-2011) she could gladly learn a few tips and tricks from the musicians first hand. Most development in music however was made by herself when she was alone and out of anyone's audible reach. A period of trying out folk instruments and home trained vocal exercises started and Ran's first public appearance on stage was during a concert of Omnia in front of a large crowd of dedicated fans as a special feature. Ran says; "It was a strong push-pull effect of desiring deeply to stand on stage and merge my energy with the group and their listeners and a strong need to hide away and forget all about the idea to make music in public. In retrospect I wasn't fully ready at the time, but I felt I was heading at least in the right direction. I owe them a thank you for their given trust".

The idea formed to give more definite shape to the lingering poetic images on her minds eye. Ran felt compelled to implement her connection to old Scandinavian folk stories and it's mythology, where a musical direction was rooting. Melodies were forming and the start of her own independent music project had begun. Together with musician and producer Fieke van den Hurk the first Nordic folkproject L.E.A.F saw the light of day in 2010.
The name was poetically chosen at the time by Ran, because a leaf is one of the most strongest symbols to represent nature as a whole and as a reminder of our origin. L.E.A.F performed their debut concerts on two Dutch summer festivals in 2011; at Castlefest and Summer Darkness and released a five track debut Ep titled 'Leaf' in august 2012 on the German label Alive! which gained international press and sales.

The original musicians of L.E.A.F featured on the successful debut EP were Kati Ran on main vocals, Irish whistle and Swedish nyckelharpa, Fieke van den Hurk on accordeon, hammered dulcimer and hurdy gurdy, Chloe Bakker on Celtic Harp, Thomas Biesmijer on Irish bouzouki and acoustic guitar, Maryn Sies on drums and percussion. Additional contributions on violin were performed by Sophie Zaaier. The Ep was recorded at the Orchus Studio, by Fieke van den Hurk in the Netherlands.

From 2011 until 2015 Ran performed under the name L.E.A.F on various international festivals and stages with diverse constellations of folk musicians.

In the meantime Ran had co-founded the dark-folk band FOLK NOIR together with her former partner Oliver S. Tyr (FAUN). In November 2011 they released a five track Ep 'Songs from Home', recorded and produced in Ran's home by audio-engineer Wim Koning and Oliver S. Tyr.
With FOLK NOIR, Ran and Oliver S. Tyr performed on international festivals such as Wave Gotik Treffen (DE), Trolls et Legends (BE), Les Anthinoises (FR), Castlefest 2012 and 2014 (NL) Festival Medieval 2014 (DE) and two club tours; one together with the UK based performer Sieben in 2013 and one with the Danish group EUZEN in 2014The live formation of FOLK NOIR consisted of Kati Ran on vocals, hammered dulcimer and nyckelharpa, Oliver S Tyr on vocals and bouzouki, Stephan Groth on vocals, piano, hurdy gurdy and low-whistle and Alex Schulz on Drums. End 2014 the band mutually decided to part ways with Ran and vocalist Livy Pear followed Ran's position in the band.

During 2013 - 2014 Ran traveled North and gathered inspiration and song sources on 'living history' viking markets throughout Scandinavia, while visiting friends, talking to locals and walking in the raw Norwegian nature. Ran occasionally appeared as a guest musician on concerts with the Norwegian group Wardruna by historical folk instrumentalist and vocalist Einar Selvik. The collaboration and inspiration in the North rooted new ideas and songs sprung up below the surface for her album LYS in becoming.

In 2015 Ran decided to produce her music further as a solo artist and take the leap. Guided by a musical vision and her gathered songs, Ran and producer Christopher Juul created the full length album LYS in the LAVA Studios in Denmark. The album LYS features Kai Uwe Faust (Heilung) and Maria Franz (Heilung & Euzen) on vocals, Oliver S. Tyr (FAUN) on mandora and acoustic guitar and Chloe Bakker (Sowelu) on Celtic Harp. The album was independently released in October 2015 by Ran and for the German market she teamed up with the label Alive! LYS got successful international press coverage and brought it's own dedicated niche audience together, with new listeners and a loyal following from earlier years.

Ran performed LYS live on several festivals from 2016 - 2017, such as Germany (Festival Medieval 2016), Norway (Midgardsblot 2016), Belgium (Celtic Night 2017) and the Netherlands (Castlefest 2017). The LYS concerts featured international musicians from Norway and the Netherlands with live contributions from amongst others the Norwegian Hardanger fiddle virtuoso Martine Kraft and multi- instrumentalist Kjell Braaten, HC Dalgaard or Rob 'Thunder'van Barschot on drums and Jacqueline Helisir on Celtic Harp.

Furthermore Ran has appeared as guest musician & vocalist with the Norwegian group Gaahls Wyrd, formed by the legendary black metal vocalist Gaahl (Kristian Espedal) where Ran vocalized a galdr and performed strings live on the song 'Steg' . 

Ran contributed nyckelharpa tracks & live performance for the Danish Folk Metal artist Myrkur for the 'Folksange Tour' in January 2018, along Christopher Juul and the Oslo based choir vocalists Ida Motzveldt and Veslemøy Heyerdahl.

Ran appeared in 2018 in the Dutch based Nordic choir group YOIK, directed by conductors Raoul Boesten and Meye Peters during their debut concerts in February 2018.

Begin 2018 Ran recorded vocals, nyckelharpa and percussion for the worldwide Cinema film REDBAD by director Roel Reine. Audio production by composer Trevor Morris. Release date of REDBAD is set for 28 June 2018.

Currently Ran writes on a new album. No further live shows are planned during the writing and recording process.
Press & Facts
Highlights

- Kati Ran is a self taught Dutch vocalist and folk instrumentalist singing Nordic and self written repertoire. With her solo project RAN she currently holds full responsibility; from the composing and lyrical writing to a produced and marketed end-product.

- Ran 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 Ran recorded vocals, nyckelharpa and percussion for the worldwide Cinema film REDBAD by director Roel Reine. Audio production by composer Trevor Morris.

- 2018 Ran appeared live as one of the folkmusicians for Myrkur's Folkesange Tour.

- 2018 Ran joined as alt-vocalist for the Dutch based nordic choir group YOIK for live performances.

- 2017 Rebranding and renaming of the nordic project L.E.A.F into RAN.

- 2017 Ran 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 festival. 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 landscape and it's Viking ancestry.

- 2016 Release of Ran's music videos Suurin and Vinda. The Full HD, 4K music video Suurin was directed by Ran with a professional film and editing team of INVITE-AV at hand. The music video Vinda was created in full 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 Ran for the Danish black metal vocalist MYRKUR for several album tracks 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 in Denmark.

- 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.

 

C ollaborations & Artist Quotes


MYRKUR "I first met Kati Ran 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

RAN and Myrkur recorded amongst others an acoustic version of Myrkurs stunning 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. " - Jonathan Selzer, 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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