Faun is a music band founded in 2002 and originally from Munich (Germany). Its style could be defined as folk rock with medieval features or also as medieval music, Celtic folk rock and Nordic folk. This medieval aspect has to do with the use of ancient instruments such as the harp, the bagpipe, the flutes and their sound of folklore. Faun consider themselves as a Pagan Folk group, although we prefer to call them medieval folk rock. The style and theme of their songs converge under the umbrella of Persian and Arabic styles.
FAUN combines medieval and ancient instruments with influences from modern electronic music to create a magical and enveloping atmosphere. The band’s music incorporates many different instruments, including the Celtic harp, hurdy-gurdy, violin, various lutes, bagpipes, archaic rhythms, large Japanese taiko drums, flutes, as well as the wonderful melodic vocal section, ranging from solo and a capella melodies to vocal singing performances and always tricksters with the two female vocalists who combine something truly magical. The influences of Celtic folk and the fusion of medieval music manage to attract a multitude of followers in constant growth.
Their songs are mostly written in German, although there are also songs in Latin and Scandinavian languages. We have to say that throughout his career, Faun has undergone many changes of formation, which shows how complicated it is to live together in a musical group. The name “Faun” comes from ancient Greco-Roman mythology. According to the band, this figure is described as a forest spirit, which expresses the band’s connection and bond with Nature.
Initially Oliver Satyr and Elisabeth Pawelke, Fiona Ruggerberg and Birgit Muggenthaler founded the band. Rudiger Manul entered two years later as a percussionist, while Birgit left the group to create another folk rock group called Schandmaul.
Faun band have performed at more than 700 venues, festivals, concert halls and churches around the world. Some of them include: Mèra Luna Festival (Germany), Headlining the Faerieworld Festival Oregon USA and Faeriecon Festival Maryland USA, Earthdance Festival (California USA), Elf Fantasy Fair (Holland), Wave Gotik Treffen (Germany), Fiesta Celtica Biella (Italy), Folkwoods Folkfestival (Netherlands), Arena van Vletingen (Belgium), Locomotora (Paris / France), Savari Karneval 2005 (Hungary), Palladius / Barcelona (Spain), and many more …
In 2002 Faun released his first studio album Zaubersprüche (spell in German). After the recording of this album Niel Miltra enters the band in command of keyboards and electronic instruments. In 2007 Elisabeth Paelke leaves the band to focus on her studies, so Sandra Elflein replaces her. In this debut album, there are ballads from between the Middle Ages and romanticism. The sound of this album is entirely acoustic, excluding electronic features except on a single track, in a very subtle way (arrangement by Niel Mitra).
In 2004 they released their second album, called Licht, which features more rhythmic and cheerful songs such as Andro, Unda and the double song Deva/Punagra. In Renaissance, we can enjoy medieval melodies, including his version of “Da Que Deus”, one of the songs of Alfonso X El Sabio, with some modifications made by the band. It should be noted that this is sacred music, which for the group, is part of their musical research, as much as it is paganism. Later on, in Totem we can listen to quieter songs, but no less ornamented for it; songs like “2 Falken”, very electronic, where the voice of Pawelke and the cello dialogues and packs perfectly with the arrangements and effects that Mitra adds, in addition to songs like “Unicorne” or “Tinta” where the formation that Pawelke is acquiring as mezzosoprano begins to be perceived, along with the Celtic harp of Olivier and the winds of Fiona, which wins the protagonism with the theme “Karuna”.
In 2013, they release Faun’s penultimate CD to date, “Von den Elben” which was 4 weeks in the top 10 of German album lists, reached Gold Status and got several nominations.
In 2014 Faun were mainly on tour with their main concert show, where they combine up to three layers of voices, a variety of ancient and medieval instruments and modern influences such as samples, rhythms and synthesizers, aimed at a rock-loving audience, with this album they performed in a multitude of concerts and folk festivals, medieval and Renaissance fairs and other concert venues. They would also tour their “Faun Acoustic Show” with mostly medieval music through seating venues such as churches and theaters.
In their live album FAUN & The Pagan Folk Festival together with Sieben and In Gowan Ring, they create an album where the three musical projects combine their styles in each of their themes. Together with Sandra in Das Buch Der Balladen, we can perceive to a great extent the hurdy-gurdy, in addition to the magical sound of the violin that we can enjoy together with the other instruments of the group, the disc collects not only medieval ballads like “Der Wilde Wassermann” or “Tanz Über Die Brücke” but also some own compositions and collaborations of other musicians in “Brynhildur Táttur”.
With Rairda in Eden, unlike her last studio album with Mitra (Totem), this album brings more danceable and lively, but with a very elaborate ornamentation and arrangements, compared to Licht, songs like “Iduna” stand out. Hymn to Pan. Zeitgeist” and “Adam Lay Ybounden”. On this album for the first time we can hear lyrics in English along with lyrics in Nordic languages, also has the collaboration of artists such as Mediæval Bæbes as a choir with Fiona and Rairda in “Lupercalia” and Adam Hurst as cellist in “Alba”, also the booklet was designed with works by Brian Froud, Kris Kuksi and Julia Jeffrey.
In 2016 they release their ninth studio album “Midgard“, more precisely in August 2016, receiving excellent reviews from the specialized press, especially for its theme “Federkleid” with 9,506,289 visualizations on Youtube today, which leads them to make an extensive world tour. Fiona Rüggeberg is the multi-instrumentalist and singer who plays voices, flute and bagpipes in the band.
“Zaubersprüche” (Conjuros) – 2002
“Licht” (Luz) – 2004
“Renacimiento” – 2005
“Totem” – 2007
“FAUN & the pagan folk festival – LIVE” – 2008
“Buch der Balladen” (libro de baladas) (CD acústico) – 2009
“Eden” – 2011
“Von den Elben” – 2013
“Midgard” – 2016
“Lichtbilder” – 2004
“Ornamento” – 2007
Oliver SaTyr Pade – Vocals, buzuki, nyckelharpa, arpa celta, arpa de bocay lira.
Fiona Rüggeberg – Vocals, flutes, pipe, seljefløyte.
Rüdiger Maul – Tar, riq, davul, panriqello, darabukka, timba, caxixiy otros instrumentos de percusión.
Niel Mitra – Sound, synthesizers.
Stephan Groth– Zanfoña, laúd y whistles.
Laura Fella – Vocals, tambor de marco, mandola. (2017)