October 25, 2009
In turns sorrowful, mysterious, inspiring, and rich, High Priestess adds more than a little of just that to anyone's day who hears even one song. The unusual mix of instruments in this mysterious, gypsy-like group makes for sound that can move you to dance, or to tears. Leading a merry troupe is High Priestess, an accomplished harpist and classical vocalist with a masters work in Film Scoring from the University of Southern California and a BFA from CalArts. High Priestess' music has been heard on many shorts, trailers, and on some well known movies, such as Munich, The Life of David Gale, Resident Evil, and more. She can be seen as Catwoman with Gotham Public Works, appearing at Comicon and other places. She performs regularly at decadent and erotic events across Los Angeles, such as the annual masquerade ball, Masque, the Labyrinth of Jareth, the "I Am" parties and Electric Daisy Carnival.
Associated with High Priestess is guitarist Mike Miller who plays with the panache of de Bergerac. His notes have supported popular artists such as Bette Midler, Frank Zappa, and have pervaded the atmosphere of the Las Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group. Tom Fowler will provide the rich, deep vibrato of bass for the band, making foundation for our priestess like he did for the Ray Charles Orchestra. In the 1970s he and his four brothers formed the Fowler Brothers Airpocket, of which many members still play with Banned from Utopia. Peter Kent is an amazing violinist. working as a first call violinist for innumerous live orchestras, film scores, and album projects, not to mention as Danny Elfman's concertmeister. His traditional Albion melodies bring perfect compliment to High Priestess's song. James Smith dances on the keys of his vibraphone almost more than he does on his own two feet, providing light, complimentary harmony to the harp and guitar. He is a true sensualist who loves his music and thrashes an incredible solo in . Christian Colquhoun on keyboards, sometimes with Theo Mondle on organ. Theo is an incredible talent, accomplished on the tabla, keyboard or synth, he has been heard with Beck on the "'Odelay" tour and also String Theory.
The happiness and bond that these members share is completely obvious in their resonant, chordant sounds on stage or CD. They bring you music from beyond the heart, music to live and grow by.
Celtic Radio Comments:
The High Priestess has once again bestowed one of her great blessings to Celtic Radio. Faeries are in fact real and Gabrielle Niver has provided proof of such in her latest offering - Faerie Archives Volume One. With this stunning collection of Faerie songs to grace the musical halls of the Society for the Preservation of Faerie Arts, Gabrielle has single handedly insured that Faeries will indeed survive through these dark and treacherous times.
She writes, "Many people express surprise when they hear that we have found a way to record faeries making music. Most people have never experienced faeries in any real sense, and that's no surprise once you learn how elusive, mercurial and fussy they can actually be. We only accomplished it after years of research, experimentation and a few extraordinary artifacts including Desire, a celtic harp; the Faerie House and just the right bottle of plum wine."
Through her creative genius, High Priestess has brought to life a world of never-ending beauty and fantasy that will carry her Faerie voices through a mystical calling of love, laughter and serenity. Faerie Archives is a delightful collection of exquisite and stunningly fresh songs that combine the nature of faeries, harps and voices to melt away your worries and leave you rejuvenated to take on the world. 5 golden faeries to the girl lighting the Faerie World on fire!
We must also mention the detailed and lovely cover artwork that High Priestess has created with Faery Archives. From the Map of recordings, to the many different styled photographs and her personal note. This is one of the most beautifully themed CDs and inserts that we have reviewed. It truly shows the work and enthusiasm that High Priestess has put into this production. We highly recommend Faerie Archives to all of our listeners and members.