A Hawk and a Hacksaw | Constellation | International | Chicago Reader
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When: Fri., July 26, 9:30 p.m. 2013
Price: $15, $13 in advance
The Albuquerque-based duo of Jeremy Barnes and Heather Trost has already mastered several forms of eastern European folk music, and in recent years they’ve forged a vibrant, original sound that respectfully takes those traditions in novel directions. This spring’s You Have Already Gone to the Other World (LM Dupli-Cation), a powerful hybrid of ethnographic experimentation and film-score collages, is a new peak for A Hawk and a Hacksaw. The music was inspired by Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors, a 1964 film by Soviet-era director Sergei Paradjanov about a doomed couple who come from feuding families. Rather than create a new soundtrack for the film, AHAAH used the original as a jumping-off point. The album combines fresh composition not only with elements of the Paradjanov score but also with traditional music from the Ukraine (where the film is set), Hungary (where the duo lived and studied Romani music for a year and a half), and Romania. It was made with Deerhoof guitarist John Dieterich—he contributed to a few of the 16 pieces—but Barnes and Trost play everything else (fiddle, accordion, percussion, cimbalom), and production techniques that scuff up and distort their instruments help transform the alternately sorrowful or manic folk and dance tunes into something that feels utterly contemporary, almost rocklike. I can only imagine how vivid it feels when Barnes and Trost provide live accompaniment to the film, as they will here—I can’t wait to see it for myself. —Peter Margasak

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