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Re: Haiku Salut

Posted: Thu Jun 04, 2015 20:49
by ian

Re: Haiku Salut

Posted: Tue Jul 07, 2015 17:23
by ian
Here's the second single...their first with vocals! ... -not-parts

Re: Haiku Salut

Posted: Thu Jun 15, 2017 18:05
by sweepingthenation
Haiku Salut vs Public Service Broadcasting:

Re: Haiku Salut

Posted: Thu Jun 15, 2017 19:35
by tonieee
Haiku Salut are doing the music for a thing about Ada Lovelace that sounds cool. There's a kickstarter to fund it:

Re: Haiku Salut

Posted: Sat Jul 08, 2017 01:35
by holyzombiejesus
sweepingthenation wrote:
Thu Jun 15, 2017 18:05
Haiku Salut vs Public Service Broadcasting:
God, I hate PSB. I think they might be my most hated band. They've only gone and knocked Jamiroquai off his perch.

Re: Haiku Salut

Posted: Mon Jul 24, 2017 21:01
by ian
Haiku are doing a Christmas Lamp Show in London this year.

Re: Haiku Salut

Posted: Wed Jun 06, 2018 18:08
by ian
At long last, it's time for the third Haiku Salut album!

The band have signed to PRAH Records, the electronica/neo-classical label run by Stephen from Moshi Moshi, and the new record is out on Sept 7th. In the meantime, they've just released the first song from the record. It kicks off with a manipulation of a NASA recording of pulses emitted by lightning - like all the hits do these days - and also features the Glastonbury Brass band, alongside Haiku's usual mixture of accordions, glitches, glockenspiels, theramins, loopery and laptoppery. You can take a listen here:

Re: Haiku Salut

Posted: Fri Jun 22, 2018 17:12
by ian
Lamp show tour in Sept/October, if you fancy seeing the band with the dancing lamps.

Thurs 20th Sep - Belgrave Music Hall, Leeds
Fri 21st Sep - The Great Eastern, Glasgow
Sat 22nd Sep - More Music, Morecambe
Thurs 27th Sep - Deaf Institute, Manchester
Fri 28th Sep - Wirksworth Town Hall
Sat 29th Sep - Nottingham Contemporary
Tues 2nd Oct - The Cube, Bristol
Wed 3rd Oct - Hard of Hearing Centre, Oxford
Thurs 4th Oct - Norwich Arts Centre
Fri 5th Oct – St John On Bethnal Green, London
Sat 6th Oct – The Haunt, Brighton

More info here -

They're also doing a gig in Newcastle on August 10th featuring robots. Robots!

"The trio will be taking part in The Hexagon Experiment at the Centre For Life in Newcastle on August the 10th where they will be exploring creativity in the age of robotics and artificial intelligence.

There will be a Haiku Salut vs The Robots collaborative performance with the Robot Orchestra who shot to fame on the BBC documentary "Can A Robot Replace Ed Sheeran?". They will also be presenting their latest experiments with self-playing instruments. Haiku Salut’s Sophie Barkerwood will then be joined in conversation by the University of Manchester’s Professor Danielle George, the creator of the Robot Orchestra project."

Re: Haiku Salut

Posted: Tue Apr 02, 2019 21:20
by ian
London performance of Haiku's Buster Keaton soundtrack!

Two performances of Haiku Salut's score for Buster Keaton's The General - at 2pm and 7pm. Tickets are limited to 126 per performance so advance booking is strongly advised.

Tickets here - ... ture-show/

The Buster Keaton Picture Show sees acclaimed instrumental group Haiku Salut perform an original, contemporary live score to Buster Keaton’s 1926 comedy classic The General.

Commissioned by Nottingham Contemporary as part of the BFI’s Comedy Genius season, Haiku Salut’s score combines electronica, folk, post rock, and neo-classical elements to cast The General in a new dramatic light.

The General was described by Orson Welles as "the greatest comedy ever made, the greatest Civil War film ever made, and perhaps the greatest film ever made", and is one of the last major films of the silent era.

The film is based on a true incident - the Great Locomotive Chase - with The General of the title referring to engineer Johnnie Gray's (Keaton) engine. Gray has been rejected by both the Confederate Army and by his fiancee Annabelle but when Union spies steal the General (and unwittingly, Annabelle), he gets a chance to prove his heroism by catching up with The General and rescuing his beloved. In this ambitious production, Keaton performs all his own stunts using his incredible comic timing and body language to create hilarious, near perfect entertainment.

Haik Salut perform to Cohen Media’s stunning 4K restoration of The General.

“Spearheading the BFI's Buster Keaton season is ths 4K restoration of his 1926 masterpiece, a jaw-plunging blend of physical dexterity and bravura moviemaking.” –Total Film
“The pioneering genius of Buster Keaton's 1926 silent film The General looks even more startling than ever…more or less invented the action movie.” – The Guardian
“Haiku Salut are a singular musical force.” Mojo

This will be Haiku Salut’s last performance as a trio for a while, as Louise Croft will be taking a break after this to go on maternity leave.

The Buster Keaton Picture Show was created and commissioned by Nottingham Contemporary’s The Screen at Contemporary and supported by BFI Comedy Genius Season.

Re: Haiku Salut

Posted: Fri Jun 05, 2020 14:14
by ian
Haiku Salut have come up with an alternative soundtrack for Spirited Away! Their music was always going to be a brilliant fit for Studio Ghibli but it's spooky how well it all matches up. Full blurb below...

Haiku Salut have released their latest soundtrack project, an alternative score for “Spirited Away”. The 35-song soundtrack features edits and reworks of songs from the trio’s first three albums and one new piece of music, and is designed to be played alongside the cut of “Spirited Away” currently on Netflix. They have written a blog about how to synch the soundtrack to the film here – ... soundtrack.

“The seeds of this idea was gifted to us in a tweet sent five years ago by our friend Steven Battelle, who said ‘Your music takes me to the exact same place as Ghibli’,” explains Haiku Salut’s Sophie Barkerwood. “We’re all big fans of Studio Ghibli, and this was a huge compliment. I can’t put into words how these films make me feel exactly…a mixture of the magical quietness, the subtlety of the dialogue, the weirdness, yet mainly just the simple beauty of it all leaves me with a feeling I can’t quite pinpoint.”

“With no inroad or way of exploring the possibilities of our music and a Ghibli film at the time, the idea was put away, hiding from view for a while,” continues Sophie. “It wasn’t until a few weeks ago, with the time that lockdown has given us, that we realised that we might be able to try to intertwine the two in some way.”

After the trio hosted a watch party for their acclaimed 2019 score of Buster Keaton’s The General, they started to think about a Haiku Salut soundtrack for Spirited Away.

“Initially there were ideas to do a new score entirely,” says Sophie. “We started to sequence our back catalogue to the film to see how this might work. Then small coincidences started appearing. Tiny synchronicities. When we began, the film and our music were entirely separate entities but as we pieced more and more of it together they somehow came to be meaningfully related. It felt strange and exciting.”

The band have released their alternative soundtrack as an EP entitled “Songs For Chihiro”, and a Spotify playlist entitled “Spirited Away: An Alternative Soundtrack”. They will be hosting watch parties for the soundtrack on Sunday June 14th, at 2pm and 6pm.

“It feels brave to present our music as a pairing to something as untouchable as Ghibli and Spirited Away,” says Sophie. “But these are weird times, and if you can’t do weird things in weird times when can you do them?”