Corvus Corax – The Kings of Minstrels
Driving rhythms, ancestral melodies and the sound of bygone times: With fascinatingly large drums and self-built bagpipes, Corvus Corax bring the tunes of old times to life.
With their work, the Berlin musicians have shaped our current understanding of medieval music. Their impact on the music scene ranges from Moscow to Mexico City, they have toured Japan and China, the USA and Canada as well as all over Europe.
This creative preservation of cultural heritage inspires people all over the world. No less a figure than Hollywood composer Hans Zimmer (“Gladiator”, “Pirates of the Caribbean”) recruited the kings of the minstrels to compose music for “Ironclad” for this very reason. Their bagpipes and drums can be heard in the BBC documentary “The Crusaders”, presented by Monty Python legend Terry Jones, as well as in the computer game “Dragon Age”. Finally, even the producers of the most successful TV series of all time “Game of Thrones” were so impressed that they invited the band to play live on the set of the series during filming.
Besides the main band activities, Corvus Corax realised several special projects: With a lot of heart and soul they created their settings of individual texts from the Carmina Burana – the most famous medieval song manuscript. “Cantus Buranus” combines film music with historical instruments, orchestral instrumentation and epic chorales. In addition, they realised a special Corvus Corax show together with the well-known taiko drummers of “Wadokyo”. Another German highlight was the live performance of “Die Zwerge” (The Dwarves) – the most successful German fantasy novel series by Markus Heitz – together with Johannes Steck.
With these two artists, they also brought their next big project, the first “Fantastical” of 2017, to the stage. “The Curse of the Dragon” combines historical music with fantasy literature, acting and musical performance. In 2022, a new experiment will be launched: in collaboration with guitarist Sami Yli-Sirniö (KREATOR, WALTARI), the new band project “Corvus Corax Era Metallum” combines the Nordic works of Corvus Corax with the hard sound of metal, off the usual paths of the well-known medieval rock.
So you can’t say Corvus Corax “only” make medieval music. Corvus Corax combine historical music with modern fantasy elements, they experiment with different cultural sounds and crazy instruments. It doesn’t matter whether they play in a club, in a concert church, at the Kaltenberg Knights’ Tournament or in front of thousands of metal heads at the Wacken Open Air:
Corvus Corax know how to get people to dance and jump around crazily – just as you know it from the St Vitus Dance from the Middle Ages.
Castus Karsten Liehm
Vocals, bagpipes, biniou, shawm, bombarde, cister, trumscheit, hurdy-gurdy
“White ravens are rare birds.”(German saying)
Colourful ravens are even rarer. But anyone who experiences Castus’ versatility on the instrument and with his voice may recognise the colourful raven.
Norri der Drescher
Drums & Percussion
“A life without books is like a life without friends.”(Heidi Maria Artinger)
So when Hatz is not on stage, you will never find him without a book; because nothing captivates Hatz more than art, whether written or drummed.
Micha, der Frick
Bagpipes, shawms, flutes, hurdy-gurdy – Since 2019
Bagpipes, shawms – Since 2019
Alex joined the band in 2022 as a stand-in for Micha during his pregnancy – since then he has been playing bass for the ERA METALLUM project and alternates with Micha on the bass citole at Corvus Corax gigs.