Synergy Concerts presents:
Entry Requirements: 18+
For their first two critically acclaimed albums, Derbyshire trio Haiku Salut concerned themselves with interweaving musical genres – finding new ways to combine folk and electronica, post rock and neo-classical, and creating music that was greeted with a host of suitably wide-eyed adjectives: spellbinding, magical, beautiful…
In the midst of all this, Gemma, Louise and Sophie created their wondrous Lamp Show, in which a stageful of vintage lamps flash, flicker and fade in time to the music. And it got them thinking – if they could invent a stage show that’s like watching electronica come to life, maybe there’s something further to be discovered about the relationship between light and sound. What if you could hear light? What if you could see sound?
The result is the trio’s third album, “There Is No Elsewhere”, and this year’s Lamp Show tour. The LP’s opening track, “Cold To Crack The Stones” features a manipulation of a NASA recording of the pulses emitted by lightning. So light has been turned into sound which will then be converted back to light, as the lamps dance to the music. What will be found in the translation?
Helping them in their quest is a disco box stolen from a UFO crash site, a sci-fi glockenspiel, and an array of instruments the band have had imported from the future. So there will be a party amongst the wonder. Come and see (and hear and see/hear) this unique band stage their unique show as their powers grow ever stronger.
Haiku Salut are an instrumental dream-pop-post-folk-neo-everything trio from the Derbyshire Dales. The group consists of multi-instrumentalists Gemma Barkerwood, Sophie Barkerwood, and Louise Croft. Between them, Haiku Salut play accordion, piano, glockenspiel, trumpet, guitar, ukulele, drums, and melodica. Their music also features electronic elements, which they refer to as "loopery and laptopery".
Influenced by the evocative film soundtracks of Yann Tiersen and Benoît Charest, the genre-melting electronica of early Múm, and the impressionistic writing of Haruki Murakami, the band released their debut album Tricolore in 2013, to critical acclaim. The album was awarded four stars by The Guardian, Uncut, Mojo, Drowned In Sound, and many more, and in the summer of 2013, the trio won the Green Man Rising contest, and opened the main stage at that year's Green Man Festival. In November 2013, the band toured the UK in support to Lau. They later wrote about the experience in their debut book, “Japanese Poems Steal Brains”, a fully illustrated collection of haikus, which told the story of the band to date.
Haiku Salut's second album, "Etch And Etch Deep", was released in July 2015, to similar acclaim. The album was awarded four stars or above by The Observer (“the album Four Tet might have made after Rounds’), The Guardian, Mojo, Uncut (“both warmly familiar and completely, fearlessly new”), NME, Clash, Drowned In Sound (“with luminous vibes and electronics that chime, strum, sparkle, dance and glow, the trio evoke worlds within our own”), The Financial Times, God Is In The TV, Gig Soup (“one has to wonder if the band haven't only created a masterpiece but also a genre that is their own”), The 405, London In Stereo, The Skinny, and many more.
Haiku Salut are famed for their mute performances, allowing the music to cast its magical spell. One memorable live review described them as "an experimental orchestra made of loop pedals, accordions, melodicas, and god knows what else. It feels like watching Mary Poppins pull another instrument out of a never-ending bag." In April 2013, the trio debuted their Lamp Show, in which they are accompanied by a stageful of vintage lamps which are programmed to flash, fade and flicker in time to the music. The band have since toured the Lamp Show around the UK, playing in a host of unusual venues – a library, a ballroom, a theatre, a Victorian swimming baths, and several churches. They are yet to play a planetarium but it’s only a matter of time.
Haiku Salut are featured on Public Service Broadcasting's 2017 album Every Valley.
They have recently completed recording their third album which is set to be released in 2018.
All music, videos and media found here: http://www.haikusalut.com