A Hawk And A Hacksaw @ Lo-Fi

The Crocodile Presents:

A Hawk And A Hacksaw @ Lo-Fi

Arrington De Dionyso

Mon, June 11, 2018

7:00 pm

Lofi - Seattle

Seattle, WA

$15 Adv.

This event is 21 and over

A Hawk And A Hacksaw
A Hawk And A Hacksaw
A Hawk and A Hacksaw began in 2000 in the small town of Saumur, France. Initially a solo vehicle for Neutral Milk Hotel drummer Jeremy Barnes, the main impetus of the project was to focus on the gray areas in borders of music and geography. The first album was released in 2002 by Cloud Recordings. Barnes met violinist Heather Trost in 2004 and the band became a duo. The pair has since released six albums, and toured extensively around the world. They have learned from and collaborated with some of the great musicians of Romania, Hungary, Bulgaria and Turkey. The duo has been invited to tour with Swans, Calexico, Wilco, Andrew Bird, Portishead, Of Montreal and performed at Roskilde, Pitchfork Music Fest, and All Tomorrow’s Parties. They also collaborated with Iggy Pop on the reworking of a classic sea shanty.

In 2011 the band started their own label, Living Music Duplication, releasing albums by the great Turkish clarinetist Cüneyt Sepetçi, Romanian village band Bahto Delo Delo, and also Mountains of Tongues (a collection of music from the Caucasus), Thor & Friends (Swans drummer Thor Harris’ minimalist project which Barnes produced and heavily features Trost’s violin) among others. You Have Already Gone to the Other World, an album inspired by the film Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors was released in 2013, and the band toured art cinemas and film festivals playing a new score to the film. They were a featured act at the Transylvanian Film Festival in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, and also presented the film at the London’s Barbican and The Lincoln Center in New York. In the past few years, the band has focused on recording, composing the soundtrack to a hit Albanian TV show called Skanderbeg and the video game Forest of Sleep. They also recently completed a score for a new short by critically acclaimed film maker Peter Strickland (Berberian Sound Studio, The Duke of Burgundy). They were also featured, along with Bartók and Ligeti, for an evening of Eastern European art-music at Queen Elizabeth Hall in London. The BBC Concert Orchestra played AHAAH’s original compositions and folk arrangements along with the band.

Forest Bathing the new album, features ten original compositions. The Persian Santur, an ancient type of dulcimer struck by sticks, and played by Barnes, is a feature component along with Trost’s soaring and diving violin. The duo play nearly every instrument, but have some wonderful guest musicians on a few tracks- Turkish clarinetist Cüneyt Sepetçi, Hungarian cimbalom master Unger Balász, Chicago trumpeter Sam Johnson, who often tours with the group, Deerhoof guitarist John Dieterich, and New Mexico bassist Noah Martinez of the band Lone Piñon.

The band will be touring in 2018 in support of Forest Bathing.
Arrington De Dionyso
Arrington De Dionyso
An uncompromising voice in contemporary music, Arrington de Dionyso integrates ancient soundmaking techniques with trans-modernist inquiries into the nature of consciousness. His propulsive improvisations utilize voice and reeds (primarily bass clarinets and his invention the Bromiophone) as multiphonic tools in the navigation of liminal spaces between shamanic seance and rock and roll ecstasy.


While deeply rooted in the punk inclination to tear down musical standards in an effort for liberation, Arrington's music weds no-wave iconoclasm with the spiritual searching of Ayler era free jazz to reach towards an unveiling of primordially potent universalities. His compositions embrace sounds as colors, placing emphasis on the complimentary spectrums- from circular overtones whispered through bamboo flutes to the penetrating deep and guttural howls of amplified throatsinging- all with the lungs of an athlete.


Founder of the Olympia-based Old Time Relijun in 1995 and the trance-punk "a la javanaise" ensemble Malaikat dan Singa in 2009, Arrington has toured extensively and maintains ongoing fruitful collaborations with musicians throughout Europe, North America, Japan, and Indonesia. No matter the continent, he seeks innovative approaches to improvisation both intuitive and indigenous.


In 2016 he completed a film "Reak: Trance Music and Possession in West Java" documenting a ground breaking collaboration in which Arrington performs on the bass clarinet with the participants of a trance possession ceremony in Sunda, Indonesia.


In late 2016 following the US Presidential Election, Arrington was targeted by far right-wing conspiracy theorists seeking to tie his artwork into the bizarre “Pizzagate” hoax. Partially in response to this campaign of harassment, along with ever-deteriorating conditions for global democracy, Arrington launched a new project called THIS SAXOPHONE KILLS FASCISTS, which investigates the power of late 1960’s “Ecstatic Free Jazz” as the template for a new approach to “Protest Music” in our contemporary milieu. This Saxophone Kills Fascists toured throughout the USA and Canada, and in late 2017 performed at the SUPERSENSE Festival of Ecstatic Arts in Melbourne, Australia, and the Museum of Old and New Art in Hobart, Tasmania.


Whether as a band leader or solo performer Arrington's music evokes an "Ancient Future", sometimes shocking and hallucinatory, always aiming to channel Spirit.
Venue Information:
Lofi - Seattle
429 Eastlake Avenue
Seattle, WA, 98109
http://thelofi.net/