‘De stimme fan Reina Rodina leit as in mistige kustline yn weagen fan lûd fol ferbyldingskrêft’
- Jacob Haagsma, Leeuwarder Courant
‘Het gevoel voor totaalconcept is naast de muzikale kwaliteiten van het jonge, uit Reduzum afkomstige talent een sterke peiler voor meer succes.’
- Auke Wiersma, Photoblog
‘Prachtige Friestalige muziek die tussen ambient en post-rock zweeft.’
Reina Rodina is a young female artist (1987) from Friesland, The Netherlands. She sings in her own minority language, Frisian, which lies closest to her heart. Her music can not be categorized easily, but the term dreampop – sounds floating from ambient to post-rock – covers it fairly. Sometimes her music touches Björk, Lamb, Yann Tiersen and Massive Attack.
In 2011 she got her bachelor degree for the Academy of Pop Culture in Leeuwarden (NL), but at that time she was actually already independent. That same year she had already put up her solo tour ‘WetterKâld’ in Friesland. The tour was something special, with Reina performing on the water in a quiet and peaceful surrounding, with a bright lightshow and disturbing visuals on an impressive screen in the background, while visitors were led to the stage on barges, not knowing where they were going. Nature and the clash of different feelings and thoughts (silence vs. chaos) are very important elements of Reina Rodinas music and abstract lyrics, so the setting was perfect. The concerts brought her a lot of attention in her province of birth.
In November 2011 the album ‘WetterKâld’, with songs from the tour and more, is released. Reina Rodina worked on it intensively with producer Phil Mills (a.o. Nerve and Junkie XL) and the trip from dark to light and from melancholy to pride is put in wide soundscapes, over which she sings, talks, plays the piano and violin and takes her listeners on a trip through silence and chaos, a contradiction that is always important in her work.
2011 was a very important year for Reina Rodina locally; 2012 will be the year of broadening her horizon and depth. The stage is international, although the small language Frisian is used, or maybe just because of the sounds it brings forth and suit the music so perfectly. In 2012 she will bring her new experiences, material and creativity home to record a new album and plan another tour.
- Tickets Go Past
- Tickets Go Past is a collaboration between Phil Mills and Joost Brouwer, both experienced musicians in their own right. Reina joins them on stage (and often in the studio) playing the violin, piano and backing vocals. Together with Willo de Bildt: bass, Jusso Whistler: drums, Ferdy van der Singel: guitar, piano and vocals. The philosophy of the band is simple: ‘Do whatever you feel like, and do it in the way you feel like doing it.’ Check out the new songs, hope you’ll enjoy!
Tickets Go Past in Klipkar+
- Children of 9
- For approximately three years, Reina played violin and did backing vocals for the band Children of 9. Check out their Myspace.
Show in Romein, Leeuwarden
- Reina played violin on the ’1634′ album of Ortega. Check out their Myspace.
- Reina played violin on the song ‘Earthshine’ of the album ‘The Rubicon’ of Tollak. Check out his website.
- Frysk Jeugd Orkest
- From her thirteenth, Reina was a member of the ‘Frysk Jeugd Orkest’ for several years and later she did several projects with the Symphonic Music Connection playing the violin. Check out the website of the Frisian Youth Orchestra.