AHAAH.

a hawk and a hacksaw tour 2007

Say you go on a trip to Budapest, Hungary. There you meet the rambunctious The Hun Hangár Ensemble at a folk music venue, and you ask them to recalibrate and innovate music with you, because, while you’re reading this, you’re actually A Hawk And A Hacksaw (Jeremy Barnes and Heather Trost). Part of the record was recorded in Hungary, then the proper production – back in AHAAH’s native Albuquerque.

Wait, you say – didn’t this already happen? Nooo, that was their previous record silly (recorded with another ensemble, Fanfara Ciocârliei of Romania). But you’re on to something – A Hawk and A Hacksaw have a new record out – and it’s just as poignantly debunking today’s standards, steadily tugging at your ear while they pour that influx of skirring sound. Who be the fool that doesn’t like cymbaloms? 😀

The A Hawk And A Hacksaw and the Hun Hangár Ensemble EP is a collector’s item – only 4000 numbered copies worldwide(CD/DVD) plus the the mp3 version. Release date: 7 May 2007

These two songs are what I’ve heard so far. Zozobra makes the nerves tingle, a gestant wonder by itself, with Balázs (of the HHE) on cymbalom and Jeremy on everything else – waahh?; I have to wonder whether he has the soul of an octopus. Of this Earth, but not from this Earth.

Zozobra mp3

Ihabibi mp3

You’d better catch them live. Or else. Tour dates apres jump!

Tour Dates (more)

Saturday 5 May 2007
A HAWK AND A HACKSAW WITH THE HUN HANGAR ENSEMBLE
Zodiac, Oxford, UK

Sunday 6 May 2007
A HAWK AND A HACKSAW WITH THE HUN HANGAR ENSEMBLE
Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich, UK with Benjamin Wetherill

Monday 7 May 2007
A HAWK AND A HACKSAW WITH THE HUN HANGAR ENSEMBLE
Holy Trinity Church, Leeds, UK with Jack Rose

Tuesday 8 May 2007
A HAWK AND A HACKSAW WITH THE HUN HANGAR ENSEMBLE
The Arches, Glasgow, UK with Jack Rose

Wednesday 9 May 2007
A HAWK AND A HACKSAW WITH THE HUN HANGAR ENSEMBLE
University of Northumbria, Newcastle, UK with Jack Rose

Thursday 10 May 2007
A HAWK AND A HACKSAW WITH THE HUN HANGAR ENSEMBLE
The Point, Cardiff, UK with Benjamin Wetherill

Friday 11 May 2007
A HAWK AND A HACKSAW WITH THE HUN HANGAR ENSEMBLE
Bush Hall, London, UK with Jack Rose

Saturday 12 May 2007
A HAWK AND A HACKSAW WITH THE HUN HANGAR ENSEMBLE
Dome, Brighton, UK (part of Brighton Festival) with King Naat Veliov and The Original Kocani Orkestar

Wednesday 16 May 2007
A HAWK AND A HACKSAW WITH THE HUN HANGAR ENSEMBLE
CAEM (Sala B), Salamanca, SPAIN

Thursday 17 May 2007
A HAWK AND A HACKSAW WITH THE HUN HANGAR ENSEMBLE
Centro Dramatico Galego, Santiago De Compostela, SPAIN

Friday 18 May 2007
A HAWK AND A HACKSAW WITH THE HUN HANGAR ENSEMBLE
Auditorio Centro Cultural Caixanova, Vigo, SPAIN

Saturday 19 May 2007
A HAWK AND A HACKSAW WITH THE HUN HANGAR ENSEMBLE
Teatro Circo De Braga, Braga, PORTUGAL

Tuesday 22 May 2007
A HAWK AND A HACKSAW
Rhiz, Vienna, AUSTRIA

Wednesday 23 May 2007
A HAWK AND A HACKSAW
Rote Sonne, Munich, GERMANY

Thursday 24 May 2007
A HAWK AND A HACKSAW
NBI, Berlin, GERMANY

Friday 25 May 2007
A HAWK AND A HACKSAW
Bambi Galore, Hamburg, GERMANY

Saturday 26 May 2007
A HAWK AND A HACKSAW
Botanique/Witiofbar, Brussels, BELGIUM

Monday 28 May 2007
A HAWK AND A HACKSAW
Studio 672, Cologne, GERMANY

Tuesday 29 May 2007
A HAWK AND A HACKSAW
Brotfabrik, Frankfurt, GERMANY

Wednesday 30 May 2007
A HAWK AND A HACKSAW AND THE HUN HANGAR ENSEMBLE
The 1000 Year Journey Festival, Barbican, London, UK with Fanfare Ciocarlia

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8 thoughts on “AHAAH.

  1. can’t wait for sunday – we last promoted AHAAH back in the summer, where they closed our NPUC festival… i didn’t really have any preconceptions about them and they blew me (and everyone else) away. One of the most brilliant live bands i’ve ever seen, and with the hun hangar folks i’m sure it’s going to be mesmerising. a word of warning – tickets for the norwich show are ALMOST gone – only 50 left as of thismorning. wherever you are – don’t miss them.

  2. what these guys dont have is a good fucking singer. or more. they don’t have none, and that’s really a great pity, ’cause they’d be much more “entatainin”. just wishing this was more like Bregovic or Hazmat Modine or even The One Ensemble (check my blog for those), with great vocals to accompany. but that’s just me.

  3. oh, and a little more insanity or “loss of control” would be appreciated, but i guess i’m asking for too much already.

  4. thought you might like to read my review of last night’s gig

    King Naat Veliov and the Original Kocani Orkestar; and A Hawk and a Hacksaw with the Hun Hangár Ensemble

    The Dome Concert Hall, Brighton, 12 May 2007

    How does one dance to a Macedonian wedding band? That was the dilemma facing the good people of Brighton in the second half of this double bill of Eastern European folk.

    Although music of Romany origin is little known in Britain, film buffs will have heard Naat Veliov play on Emir Kusturica’s film ‘The Time of the Gypsies’. A fat, charismatic Telly Savalas look-alike, the King’s music is highly influential in the ex-Yugoslavian republic of Macedonia. This was a one-off performance for the Orkestar, travelling to the UK especially for this appearance at the Brighton Festival.

    In keeping with its use in weddings and festivals, Balkan brass bands play happy, high tempo dance music. The Orkestar is based on trumpets, (including Veliov’s brother Orhan) saxophones, tuba and percussion, which maintain a funky, syncopated attack. The King impressive girth swung with the rhythm, and his cocky skill with the trumpet was really quite sexual. The impression overall was akin to Herb Alpert on speed, and by the second tune the crowd were up doing an impression of string in a wind tunnel.

    The music may as well have been local versions of the Birdy Song for all we knew, but with guidance from a few flag-waving Macedonians in the aisles, the audience picked up enough dancing tips to make it happily through a long set without dislocating anything. Encores were demanded and given, and it was a sweaty, smiling Festival audience who eventually spilled out into the street.

    The first half was very different. Jeremy Barnes, the leader of A Hawk and a Hacksaw, failed to get people dancing despite repeated offers to join the band on stage. Backed with the virtuoso four piece Hun Hangár from Budapest, the music was just too complex, too dark and emotional – even on up-tempo songs such as ‘Ihabibi’ from their new EP.

    Ultimately however, this was the most rewarding part of the evening, starting with a surprise Mariachi-style entrance from the back of the hall. Violinist Heather Trost – the ‘hacksaw’ half of AHAAH – and cymbalom player Balázs Unger struck up an eerie march, and Barnes and the rest of the ensemble wove their way to the stage wearing grotesque masks. Leaving an enormous football rattle with a bemused member of the audience, a short set began on a strange mixture of tools: cymbalom, trumpet, saxophone, violin, accordion and simple foot-operated drums.

    ‘In the River’, from 2006 album ‘The Way the Wind Blows’ was the most straightforward of a varied mixture of songs. Reminiscent of the legendary ‘fuzz-folk’ band Neutral Milk Hotel that Barnes drummed for, the song was stripped down to showcase his percussive accordion playing. The rest of the set was based on their new EP with Hun Hangár, and included ‘Vajdaszentivány’, a warp speed cymbalom solo from Unger, and stirring Hungarian pipes from Béla Ágoston.

    AHAAH’s contemporary edges and willingness to experiment showed through and made the performance stand apart from a textbook folk gig. The contrast between the two shows made this evening more complete – satisfaction for the head and the feet.

  5. thanks for that skinny!

    doru, link to yourself so people can check your blog – lose control. and i think AHAAH are on a more melancholy avenue, so it’s hard to lose it and go crazy on the cymbalom and violin.. i mean, that takes focus too.

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