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Welcome home, A Hawk and a Hacksaw

June 14, 2013


June 14--Jeremy Barnes has a lot of time to think while driving on tour. In fact, he and bandmate Heather Trost get plenty of opportunities to find new inspirations.

"There's not a lot we can do besides listen to music," he quips while driving to Boise, Idaho, from Seattle. "We have discovered a lot of new music while driving, though."

Barnes and Trost make up the Albuquerquebased duo A Hawk and a Hacksaw, which is known for performing traditional and original music steeped in Eastern European folk traditions.

The duo recently released their sixth studio album, "You Have Already Gone to the Other World," which features 16 tracks.

The double album features seven originals along with nine Ukrainian, Hungarian and Romanian traditional songs re-imagined and arranged with inspiration taken from the legendary 1964 film "Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors" by Russian filmmaker Sergey Paradjanov. The album was produced by John Dieterich of Deerhoof.

"If people haven't seen the film, it's an amazing piece of work," Barnes says. "We never expected to be inspired in this way, but it worked out."

Barnes says the duo began working on new music to perform along with the film and took the project on tour last year by accompanying the movie live in cinemas and theaters internationally.

"We've been slowly experimenting with more electricity in our music," he says. "We play acoustic instruments and now we're starting to amplify things. On the new record, John (Dieterich) pushed us and got some nice treated sounds out of us."

Barnes says he's looking forward to July so that he and Trost can start working on some new music. In addition to new music for the band, the duo will also work on the soundtracks to two short films.

"We've done a few things here and there for films," he says. "These two local filmmakers in Albuquerque sought us out and we thought it was great work. Those two films inspire us and we're looking forward to trying something new."

The duo are coming back to the Duke City for a show and couldn't be happier, although Barnes says it can be nerve-wracking playing for a hometown crowd.

"We're going to have family and friends there and that's always a good thing," he says. "But we've also got the pressure of performing well and giving a good show."

A Hawk and a Hacksaw

WHEN: 9 p.m. Saturday, June 15

WHERE: Sister Bar, 407 W. Central

HOW MUCH: $12 at or 886-1251


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