Marius Leirånes (Bass) Jostein Haugen (Guitar/Synth) Mattias Olsson (Drums/Percussion) Fredrik Klingwall (Synth)
PIXIE NINJA is the result of two individuals with a huge appetite for Scandinavian progressive music - Jostein Haugen and Marius Leirånes. The pair go way back and have played together in various projects since early 2008. They began to work on PIXIE NINJAs debut album in late May, 2015. One year later they began the recording of Ultrasound.
During the process the band reached out to Mattias Olsson (Necromonkey, ex-Änglagård). Participating mainly as their producer, he was also in charge of drums, overdubs and mixing. Johan Hals Jørgensen (organist) was later recruited as the bands keyboardist. Pixie Ninja photo
Jostein and Marius play the guitars, bass and keyboard sections, alongside glockenspiels and other various instruments. Mattias provides uplifting and experimental drum beats throughout the recording, along with the Mellotron M400 and other instruments. The album also features Ketil Vestrum Einarsen (Weserbergeland, White Willow, Wobbler, Motorpsycho) adding a layer of majestic flute on one of the tracks.
Ultrasound is a fully instrumental album consisting of soaring leads and cinematic string sections. The album is an emotionally powerful set of atmospheric electronica and progressive rock that blends the past, the present and the future. The album was released in June, 2017, on Apollon Records.
When Ultrasound was created, Marius and Jostein never intended to play live concerts of the material, but later they received so many requests for live shows, that they decided to make it happen.
In the beginning of February, 2018, Marius and Jostein asked Mattias Olsson to join the band on drums and Fredrik Klingwall to be the bands new keyboard maestro. They met up at Roth-Händle Studios in May and started rehearsing for live shows.
Ryche is an accomplished guitarist, producer and composer. As founding member of America's first progressive rock group, Fireballet, he has proven himself to be an unsung hero in the progressive genre as a guitarist and songwriter. He played with the progressive band, Nektar and has toured the world with the renowned classical progressive band, Renaissance. Ryche is an award-winning soundtrack composer. He has written the title track for the movie, Key Exchange and won an award for the independently produced move The Rising. As producer, he has produced for various artists, as well as, the self-titled Ryche Chlanda and Flying Dreams LP released under the Transglobal Record Label Distributed though Sony's The Orchard.
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