Rosin Coven: The World's Premiere Pagan Lounge Ensemblez
Rosin Coven is the World’s Premiere Pagan Lounge Ensemble; nine musicians blend voices, cellos, contrabass, accordion, violin, guitar, trombone, trumpet, vibraphone, drums, and percussion to create their own style of theatrical cabaret. Edith Piaf does the cha-cha with Charles Mingus, Eric Satie tangos with Sun-Ra, and Kurt Weil broods over Doris Day. Rosin Coven presents an irreverent yet elegant balance between musicianship, poise, theatricality, and humor. They’re found where you least expect them…in nightclubs, theatres, parks, festivals, museums, deserts, parades, galas, and foreign lands.
“An umpteen-piece band full of pale-faced, velvet-clad cool cats playing everything from cello and contrabass to accordion, the group falls on a continuum between Rocky Horror camp and medieval danse macabre. The members of Rosin Coven, a Berkeley-based troupe with a vigorous following, look and sound like well-traveled carnies with formidable heaps of classical training; the roguish ensemble is even easy on the eyes.” – SF Weekly
Our long-awaited third album has finally arrived! Recorded in early 2003 and now available online, this album represents the Coven at our finest.
* Ladybug’s Pas de Deux
* Eve’s Lament
* Beyond The Crimson Planet
This album features a myriad of wonderful guest performances and beautiful original cover and CD artwork by Craig LaRotonda (Revelation Studios, SF). It also contains a full-color 12-page booklet with complete lyrics, photos, and a complete set of Pagan Lounge trading cards. Well, you’d have to cut ’em out of the book, but trust us, it’s *really cool*!
Live in the Pagan Lounge
Recorded in Berkeley, San Francisco, and Haarlem, Netherlands, our live album features new compositions and music from our Opera, “Dream of The Scarab,” as well as several Pagan Lounge classics and a few assorted silly sounds. These are our first recordings to feature the fabulous horn playing of Toby Bain and the super-sweet vibes and ferocious marimba playing of Patrick de la Esperanza. This album’s rawness captures the revely and high energy of our live shows in a way that only a live album can.
* March of The Modern Pagans (Live)
* Jalousie (Live)
* Never Trust A Captive (Live)
* Ms. Lucy
This is Rosin Coven’s first full-length album – recorded in 1999, released in March of 2000. Thirteen original tunes plus assorted audio oddities bringing you the finest in Pagan Lounge Music. There’s jazzy swing and melancholy melodies, tribal trance and firey tangoes. Also features guest appearances by the amazing Shelley Doty on guitar and Morgan Fichter on violin, as well as Jen Miriam and Aharon Bolsta of Mozaik on middle-eastern percussion. Contains all song lyrics and original paintings by Midnight Rose and Anderzej Karwacki.
* August On The Vine
* Bodyless Devotion
* Bed For Blossom
Rosin Coven gracefully fills the third track of this eclectic compilation album with “History’s Child,” a somber look at our past and what we may choose to learn from it. This track is only available on this release. SF2000 was envisioned and produced by Rosin Coven’s very own Louis Capricorn, and contains additional tracks featuring Louis, Abraham Birmingham and Gingerbread Candy, as well as Shelley Doty and other friends. Latin jazz, techno, folk, funk, ska, dub, wistful piano solos, this album has it all.
ROSIN COVEN and our dear friends VAU DE VIRE SOCIETY co-host THE EDWARDIAN BALL, one of the most highly anticipated events of the year! An elegant, whirlwind, turn of the century festival featuring music, theatre, dance, circus, art, fashion, gaming, ballroom dancing, vending, oddities, and of course, the art and stories of EDWARD GOREY. Celebrating our 11th year
“The quintessential must-never-miss event of the year.” – SF Weekly.com
“A surreal atmosphere filled with anachronistic wonders” – SF Chronicle
“For 10 years now the Ball has proven, through its collection of the best in local and far-reaching performance talents — from the circus to the music hall — and its inherent power to inspire and produce the utmost in imaginative creativity, to be one of the most defining events of San Francisco.” – SF Examiner
“Imagine, if you will, the raw sexiness of cabaret complemented by moth-eaten aesthetic flourishes — the operatic purring of a lead chanteuse named Midnight Rose, a gloomy bass jokily overlaid with a whiny vibraphone, and the ominous enchantment of commedia dell’arte puppetry. Naturally, we’re describing Rosin Coven, the self-titled “World’s Premiere Pagan Lounge Ensemble,” the kind of act that has genre dogmatists scratching their heads.
An umpteen-piece band full of pale-faced, velvet-clad cool cats playing everything from cello and contrabass to accordion, the group falls on a continuum between Rocky Horror camp and medieval danse macabre. The members of Rosin Coven, a Berkeley-based troupe with a vigorous following, look and sound like well-traveled carnies with formidable heaps of classical training; the roguish ensemble is even easy on the eyes.” – SF Weekly, “See & Be Seen”, August 3rd, 2005
“The rollicking rhythms and hummable melodies of “March of the Modern Pagans” and the high-drama beat of “Beyond the Crimson Planet” could very well spur devotees to strut Cat in the Hat-style around the home-entertainment room.” – SF Weekly, June 29, 2005