A Hawk and A Hacksaw announce EU tour for soundtrack ‘Shadows Of Fogotten Ancestors’

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New Mexico’s A Hawk and A Hacksaw (accordionist/drummer Jeremy Barnes and violinist Heather Trost) have announced a European tour of their live soundtrack of Soviet director Sergei Parajanov’s classic film Shadows Of Forgotten Ancestors for March 2012.

The thirteen date run dates below) takes in six UK dates including the rescheduled Jeff Mangum-curated All Tomorrow’s Parties, then heads out to Germany, Denmark and Sweden. The release of the album version of the soundtrack on the band’s LM Dupli-cation label has been rescheduled to summer 2012.

A Hawk and A Hacksaw rescore ‘Shadows Of Forgotten Ancestors’ EU March tour dates

03/03/12 Sheffield, UK St George?s Church
04/03/12 Edinburgh, UK Filmhouse Cinema
05/03/12 Leeds, UK Hyde Park Picture House
06/03/12 Reading, UK South St. Arts
07/03/12 Colchester, UK Colchester Arts Centre
09-10/03/12 Minehead, UK All Tomorrow?s Parties
11/03/12 Berlin, DE Hebbel Am Ufer 1
13/03/12 Saga Bion, SE Tjorn
14/03/12 Malmo, SE Inkonst
15/03/12 Gothenburg, SE Koloni @ Bio Roy
16/03/12 Gerlesborg, SE Gerlesborgskolon
17/03/12 Copenhagen, DK Global
18/03/12 Aarhus, DK Voxhall

Watch a trailer for the live soundtrack: http://vimeo.com/20045770



“Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors” is the first major work by the legendary Russian filmmaker Sergei Parajadnov. Hailed as a genius by the likes of Fellini, Antonioni and Tarkovsky, his films are as allegorical and mysterious as Byzantine frescos, each a beautiful riot of small movements within his almost always static frames. Although acclaimed internationally, Paradjanov?s visionary and poetic oeuvre was regarded as subversive by the Soviet authorities and he was frequently banned from filmmaking and imprisoned. 2010 saw a major retrospective of the director’s films at the BFI Southbank and Bristol’s Arnolfini.

The film is the archetypal Ukrainian story of a young peasant who marries the daughter of his father’s killer, loses her, falls into a long spiral of sadness and then remarries again, with tragic results. Paradjanov enriches the tale with occult imagery, swooping camerawork and a wide tableaux of breathtaking landscapes. His recreation of the vanished world of the Ukrainian Gutsul high up in the Carpathian mountains evokes a pre-industrial culture where magic and ritual are as much a part of existence as backbreaking work and violent family feuds.



Started as a solo project in 2000 by accordionist and drummer Jeremy Barnes (formerly of indie rock legends Neutral Milk Hotel) and named after a line in Cervantes’ Don Quixote (hence the new album’s name), A Hawk and A Hacksaw became a duo in 2004 when Barnes met violinist Heather Trost. The pair began an adventure that took them to Budapest, Hungary where they lived for two years and met/toured with some of the country?s finest folk musicians, as well as countless US & European tours both on their own and with big names including Portishead, Calexico and fellow New Mexico resident Beirut (whose Gulag Orkestar album they were key collaborators on). Joined by an ever expanding and contracting 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 factor. The band released “Cervantine”, their fifth album and the first on self-run label L.M. Dupli-cation, in February 2011.



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