Dungen and ‘The Witch’ in Nevada City
KNOW & GO
WHEN: Friday, Aug. 11 from 8-10 p.m.
WHERE: The Miners Foundry, 325 Spring St., Nevada City
INFO: For more information go to http://minersfoundry.org/ or call 530-265-5040
Swedish psych quartet, Dungen will be performing at 8 p.m., on Aug. 11, at the Miners Foundry in Nevada City. They’ll be performing songs from their incredible discography as well as their new instrumental score Häxan.
Their latest album Häxan has an interesting backstory. Dungen were commissioned by Anders Annikas of the Swedish Film Institute to create a new original score to Lotte Reiniger’s 1926 touchstone, “The Adventures of Prince Achmed” one of the oldest surviving full-length animated films.
Häxan (translation: “The Witch”) is the result of those works, Dungen’s first all-instrumental album, and a continuation of all the things people love about their music. Moody, evocative, stormy, and brimming with life, Häxan provides both a tacit summation of the Dungen journey up to today. Here, the psychedelic rock is more bombastic, the softer passages more exquisite, the tension in their musical interplay more dramatic, their intentions remarkably robust.
Häxan allows Dungen to move deftly between styles in a more circuitous fashion than their previous works, allowing them to build a story of their own around the action and characters in the film — Prince Achmed, Peri Banu, Aladdin, the Sorcerer, and most of all, the Witch — that reaches beyond the source material, returning to the hooks and melodies that come earlier in the album.
Dugen just released the deluxe version of Häxan on Mexican Summer, which includes liner notes from band members Mattias and Reine, Anders Annikas of the Swedish Film Institute and an essay from Gabriele Caroti of BAM on the cultural significance of “The Adventures of Prince Achmed.”
In between the release of Dungen’s most recent two albums (2010s “Skit I Allt” and 2015s “Allas Sak”), the beloved Stockholm quartet was asked to create an original score to Lotte Reiniger’s 1926 touchstone “The Adventures of Prince Achmed,” understood to be the oldest surviving full-length animated feature film.
Inspired by the nature of the work and the characters portrayed within, the members of Dungen collaborated on themes to represent their take on the film’s narrative, and immersed themselves in the ground breaking visual language of this landmark film.
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