Krezmer/Balkan Duo “A Hawk & A Hacksaw” visits Berlin. A MUST see.

When ?
Sa, 23.05.2009, 21:00 Uhr

Where ?
Maschinenhaus i.d. KulturBrauerei
Eingang Szredzki / Knaackstrasse, 10435 Berlin

A Hawk and a Hacksaw (often abbreviated to AHAAH) is a balkan/krezmer band from Albuquerque, New Mexico. It is currently on The Leaf Label. The band consists primarily of percussionist Jeremy Barnes, who was previously the drummer for Neutral Milk Hotel, and violinist Heather Trost. The music is inspired by eastern European and particularly Balkan traditions, and is mostly instrumental with occasional vocals, shouts and cheers. The band has toured with The Olivia Tremor Control and Beirut. During its CMN tour of the UK in 2007 it was accompanied by the The Hun Hangár Ensemble. The band’s self-titled first album provided the soundtrack for the documentary Zizek!, which features Slovenian cultural theorist Slavoj Zizek (the film’s director, Astra Taylor, is married to Barnes’ former Neutral Milk Hotel bandmate Jeff Mangum).

The name comes from a line in Hamlet (Act II, scene ii) — “I am but mad north-north-west: when the wind is southerly I know a hawk from a handsaw.” — which was also the source for the title of Alfred Hitchcock’s North By Northwest.