Holger [Full album and 138 page Ebook]

by Victoria Cecilia

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In this book you will find an album, as well as a selection of Holger Drachmann’s sketches, drawings and what seems like random pieces of writing.
The idea behind this project was to write contemporary music to a handful of Drachmann poems from the late 1800s. The music was written during my stay at the artist refuge Klitgaarden in Skagen. Denmark. Following my stay, I recorded all the piano parts and part of the vocals in Drachmann’s house, so the piano that is being heard on the album is Drachmann’s own piano.
A majority of the poems were too long to use in the songs, so I chose the parts of the poems that spoke to me the most. These parts I decided to translate to English, as to reach a broader audience. In translating the poems, I wanted to avoid any interpretation, as I believe the poems are best left to be interpreted by the individual reader, so for the most part, the English poems are translated word for word, when appropriate.
Following the English translations, I have included the full Danish versions of all the poems, should the reader be as fascinated with Drachmann’s writing, as I am.
The point of this project is to build a bridge between the old and the new, by mixing cultural heritage with modern elements.


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Victoria Cecilia er opvokset i Skagen og været bosat i Los Angeles de seneste 18 år, hvor hun har arbejdet som sangskriver og musikproducer.

Hun har et bemærkelsesværdigt cv, der bl.a. inkluderer en optræden for Kronprins Frederik og Kronprinsesse Mary på den danske ambassade i Mexico City, og musik til reklamer for både Mastercard og Calvin Klein. Som sanger for det Amerikanske rock-band Gliss, har hun udgivet adskillige albums og turneret med bl.a. Smashing Pumpkins, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club og danske Raveonettes.

Siden sine år i Skagen har hun været dybt fascineret af Holger Drachmann og det falder kun naturligt at hun nu finder tilbage til sine rødder og laver et projekt, der hylder både Drachmann og hendes hjemstavn.

På projektet, som hun kalder “Holger”, udforsker Victoria den Nordiske digter kultur fra tiden omkring det Store Gennembrud, hvor hun lægger musik til 10 af Holger Drachmanns digte. De over 100 år gamle digte blandes med en moderne musik stil, der både inkluderer beats og samples, hvilket resulterer i helt nye fortolkninger af nogle af Drachmanns mest personlige digte.

Musikken blev skrevet på et ophold på refugiet Klitgaarden, og efterfølgende blev en del af vokalen, samt klaver, indspillet i Drachmanns hus, så man hører Drachmanns eget klaver på sangene. Projektet handler i sit udgangspunkt om at bygge bro mellem gammet og nyt ved at blande den gamle kulterarv med moderne elementer, og på den måde også at nå ud til et yngre publikum.

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released October 9, 2016

All music produced and mixed by Victoria Cecilia
www.victoriacecilia.com
© & ℗ EccoEvangelineMusic (Ascap)
Mastered by Adam Lasus at Fireproof Recording

Sketches and Drawings: Det Kongelige Biblioteks samlinger
Holger Drachmann portrait: Skagens Museum

Pernille Gunvad: Guest vocals on "Husker du den Morgen," backing vocal on "I de lyse Nætter. "
Ida Hansen: Backing vocal on "Jeg hører i ensomme Stunder."
Mark Sovel: Backing vocal on "Improvisation om Bord."

Mikkel Thomsen: Holger handwriting
Proof readers of English texts and translations: Jesse Glenn og Lex Loverde
Project consultants: Mark Sovel & Martin Audioun Klingman

Thank you to: Jakob Stig Nielsen, Mikkel Thomsen, Line Lindegren, Allan Bregendahl, Maria Toystrup Iversen, Elsebet McManus, Bente og Erik Pedersen, Charlotte Ostertag, DR Nordjylland, Mark Sovel, Pernille Gunvad, Ida Hansen, Jesse Glen, Lex Loverde, Adam Lasus og Martin Audioun Klingman.

A special thank you to Skagens kunstmuseer & Refugiet Klitgaardens Venneforening.

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Victoria Cecilia Los Angeles, California

On her project Holger, Victoria Cecilia explores the Nordic poetry culture from the time around the Modern Breakthrough. In putting music to 10 of Holger Drachmann’s poems and fusing them with modern elements, she creates a contemporary interpretation of some of Drachmann’s most personal writing. ... more

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