Sassafrass performs complex polyphonic a cappella music composed by Ada Palmer. Our pieces have lively narratives and fantasy, mythology or science fiction themes. Our most recent project "Sundown: Whispers of Ragnarok" is a cycle of 12 songs narrating Viking myths and legends, including the creation of the Nine Worlds, the death of Baldur, the strife between Odin and his blood-brother Loki, and the coming of Ragnarok. We combine modal and Renaissance style harmonies with many layers of interlocking lyrics to tell elaborate stories, sometimes in duets, other times in four-part, six-part or even eight-part pieces.
"Sundown: Whispers of Ragnarok" is also a stage play, focusing on the life of Snorri Sturlson. A DVD of the live debut is available at www.sassafrass.bandcamp.com
Sassafrass usually performs at science fiction or fantasy conventions. Some of our CDs are studio recordings, and others include live concert recordings. Some of our tracks were recorded by Ada Palmer and her vocal partner Lauren Schiller performing as the duo "Sassafrass: Trickster & King". Others were recorded by larger groups of members, performing simply as "Sassafrass."