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Elysian Fields

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(1995 – present)

Elysian Fields have always travelled in mysterious waters. Led by the enigmatic New York co-composers Jennifer Charles (vocals) and Oren Bloedow (guitar), the music born of their collaboration is not easy to categorize. They carry a torch for , , , the cycle of death and rebirth, and the sounds of and ballads, and music, seamlessly interwoven into a style that is at once languorously romantic and tough. Their music might be described as or , with the husky and sultry vocals of Charles and the filmic qualities of Bloedow’s guitar work they have also been associated with the genre of or . The duo formed in 1995 and have been making discs ever since. More information (like live dates) is often found on their website - http://www.elysianmusic.com.

The two have many side projects as well. They have a Moorish inflected Sephardic band called La Mar Enfortuna, which has released records on John Zorn’s label Tzadik. Jennifer is also known as the female voice and co-writer of cult band Lovage, the other members being Mike Patton and Dan the Automator. Oren used to play bass in The Lounge Lizards and his diverse guitar and bass playing skills are called on from everyone from James Chance to Martha Wainwright to Doveman.

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