Fursaxa

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Fursaxa
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Fursaxa performing in Minneapolis in 2003
Background information
Birth name Tara Burke
Also known as Fursaxa
Born Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Origin United States
Genres Experimental, Psych folk, Drone music
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, musician
Years active 2000 - present
Labels Eclipse Records, Ecstatic Peace! Records, ATP Records, Time-Lag Records, Jewelled Antler, Mt. St. Mtn., Last Visible Dog, Foxglove, Acid Mothers Temple
Notable instruments
acoustic guitar, appalachian dulcimer, electronic keyboard

Fursaxa is a USA-based acid folk or freak folk project led by Tara Burke of Pennsylvania.. Her home-recordings feature acoustic guitar, simple Casio electronic keyboards, accordion, dulcimer and her heavily overdubbed vocals on a 4-track recorder.

She has been making music since childhood. Her music has been compared to Nico's solo work and is often categorized among New Weird America artists. The writings of Medieval mystic Hildegard von Bingen, Vladimir Nabokov, and Mircea Eliade have influenced the lyrics and mood of her work. Her musical influences include: World music, Krautrock, film soundtracks, Minimalism, Medieval and Renaissance music. She has recorded with numerous bands as a guest or side-project, including Acid Mothers Temple, fellow Philadelphians Bardo Pond, Iditarod, Scorces, The Valerie Project, and Six Organs of Admittance. Fursaxa is currently signed to the London based ATP Recordings label. Live performances in 2010 saw Fursaxa expand to a trio, with Burke backed by harpist Mary Lattimore and cellist Helena Espvall, culminating in an appearance at the ATP New York 2010 music festival in Monticello, New York. Burke and Espvall also record and perform together as a duo under the name Anahita.

Discography[edit]

Studio Albums

  • Mycorrhizae Realm - CD, ATP Recordings (2010)
  • Alone in the Dark Wood - CD, ATP Recordings & LP, Eclipse Records (2007)
  • Amulet - CD, Last Visible Dog (2005)
  • Lepidoptera - CD, ATP Recordings (2005)
  • Madrigals in Duos - LP, Time-Lag Records (2004)
  • Fursaxa - LP, Ecstatic Peace! (2002)
  • Mandrake - CD, Acid Mothers Temple (2000) & LP, Eclipse Records (2004)

Singles, EPs, and Limited Releases

  • Maidenstone - 7" EP, Mt. St. Mtn. (2007)
  • Harbinger of Spring - 3"CD, Jewelled Antler (2004)
  • Fursaxa/Juniper Meadows - split CDR, Foxglove (2004)

Self Released (Sylph) Recordings

  • Kobold Moon - CD (2008)
  • Myriad of Satyrids - CDR (2006)
  • Amulet - CDR (2004)
  • The Cult From Moon Mountain - CDR (2003)
  • Trobairitz Are Here From Venus - CDR (2002)

With Helena Espvall, as Anahita

  • Arcana En Cantos - CD-R, Deserted Village (2006); LP, alt.vinyl (2010)
  • Matricaria - CD, Important Records (2008)

With Sharron Kraus, as Tau Emerald

  • Travellers Two - CD, Important Records (2008)

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