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August 2014 the band changed their name to Einar Stray Orchestra.Read More...
Inspired by Bright Eyes, Sufjan Stevens and Godspeed You! Black Emperor the 16 year old started out in 2006, recording songs in his bedroom in Sandvika, Norway. As an experimental singer/song-writer he brought musician friends with him on stage, and together they produced both delicate and grandiose sounds with strings, blows and percussion.
After meeting the norwegian artist Moddi in 2008, they quickly joined forces and released their debut EPs together, as a split-vinyl. "Favors & Fields EP/Rubato EP" resulted in their first tour through Norway, including big festivals like Slottsfjell, By:larm and Øya. Moddi and Einar has appeared in each others bands ever since.
When the debut album "Chiaroscuro" finally saw the light in 2011, it received warm critics home and abroad. It was released in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Japan and Norway. The band got compressed into a five-piece: Hanna Furuseth on the violin, Ofelia Østrem Ossum on the cello, Simen Aasen on bass and Lars Fremmerlid on drums, with Einar's signature piano playing and low voice in center, and became a hard working live band leaving audiences through Europe speechless. With a range from noisy post-rock ballads to stripped down a-capella songs the band toured all of 2012, and gave also birth to "For The Country EP". They ended the year opening up for Múm and Under Byen in Russia.
The band released their second album entitled "Politricks" under the new name Einar Stray Orchestra, august 2014, to great critics all over Europe. The release was followed by a lengthy European tour.
"Chiaroscuro" is produced by Sjur Lyseid (from Monzano, The Little Hands of Asphalt), and consists members from Moddi, Bendik, Team Me and Shimmering.
"Politricks" is produced by Hasse Rosbach (Team Me/Moddi).
Einar Stray - piano/guitar/organ/vox
Ofelia Østrem Ossum - cello/vox (2007-)
Lars Fremmerlid - drums/vox (2010-)
Simen Aasen - bass/synth/vox (2010-)
Åsa Ree - violin/vox (2014-)
Hanna Furuseth - violin/vox (2008-2013)
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