A HAWK AND A HACKSAW
Started as a solo project in 2000 by accordionist and drummer Jeremy Barnes (formerly of Neutral Milk Hotel) and named after a line in Cervantes'Don Quixote, AHAAH became a duo in 2004 when Barnes met violinist Heather Trost. The pair began an adventure that took them to Zece Prajini, Romania and then to Budapest, Hungary where they lived for two years, staying with trumpeter Ferenc Kovacs who taught them much about Hungry and its music, when not hunting wild boars and making wine. While there, they toured Europe with Kovacs and some of Hungary’s finest folk musicians. They have made countless U.S. & European tours on their own and with big names including Portishead, Calexico and fellow New Mexicoresident Beirut (whose Gulag Orkestar album they were key collaborators on). Joined by an ever-evolving line-up of musicians, A Hawk and A Hacksaw seeks to create and document an ecstatic sound much like the village bands of old, with the communal aspect of folk tradition and musicianship the key factors.
As a further outlet for their deep, immersive research into far-flung sounds and cultures, A Hawk and A Hacksaw started L.M. Dupli-cation. Following the lineage of passionate ethnomusicological foragers from Alan Lomax to Sublime Frequencies, their goal is to release folk music from the regions they love as well as the occasional curve ball, by way of delighting and challenging serious listeners worldwide, reflecting the boundless sense of discovery endemic in their music.
Queue new record 'You Have Already Gone To The Other World: Music Inspired By Paradjanov's Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors' ( L. M Duplication 2013) there most beautiful and inspired works to date.