Leaf Bonanza At fuseleeds09
Published 3 March 2009 by BWL

Efterklang, Colleen, A Hawk And A Hacksaw and Nancy Elizabeth have all been confirmed to appear at fuseleeds09. This festival takes place in various venues around Leeds, UK, bringing the spheres of jazz, world, pop and contemporary classical music together with series of events and new commissions. It's an honour for us to have our artists featured so extensively in our recently adopted home town.

The event kicks off at noon on April 25th with Fusillage, two special commissions of bell peals composed by Colleen (aka Parisienne Cécile Schott) and influential British composer Gavin Bryars, celebrating the very British tradition of bell-ringing. This free event will be held at Leeds Parish Church [please note that while Colleen will be present at the performance, she will not actually be ringing the changes!.

This will be followed later the same day by Danish collective Efterklang performing their acclaimed 2007 album Parades in its entirety with the Britten Sinfonia at the new Leeds Academy. The band have performed Parades with an orchestra only once before, in Copenhagen last September. That show was filmed for posterity, and will be released as a special CD/DVD package later this year.

A Hawk And A Hacksaw and Nancy Elizabeth will bring the festival to a close on May 2nd with a show at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, joined by Bella Union artists The Acorn. The show will be the first UK appearance by A Hawk And A Hacksaw since End Of The Road festival last year and the first in the UK with a new band. Before then AHAAH play support to Andrew Bird and Wilco in North America, and their fourth album will be released in May. Nancy is finishing off her second album for release later in the summer.

The details:

Saturday 25 April
fuseleeds09, LEEDS (Colleen and Gavin Bryars)
Leeds Parish Church, LS2 7DP
starts 12.30pm

Saturday 25 April
fuseleeds09, LEEDS (Efterklang)
O2 Academy, LS2 3AW
Doors 6.30pm
Tickets £17.50 (£15.50 concs)

Saturday 2 May
fuseleeds09, LEEDS (A Hawk And A Hacksaw, Nancy Elizabeth and The Acorn)
West Yorkshire Playhouse, LS2 7UP
Doors 7.30pm
Tickets: £15.00 (£13.00 concs)

AHAAH, Efterklang and Wildbirds & Peacedrums at SXSW
Published 11 March 2009 by BWL

Leaf artists A Hawk And A Hacksaw, Efterklang and Wildbirds & Peacedrums will all be performing at this year's SXSW. The Leaf Label will be teaming up with US label Hometapes for a showcase on 19 March at Habana Bar. AHAAH and Efterklang will represent Leaf there, with all details and flyer below.

There will also be a very special one-off performance of Slaraffenklang, the mutant amalgamation of Efterklang and Hometapes' Slaraffenland on 21 March. You can still download the free EP that Slaraffenklang recorded at last year's Sono festival in the two bands' home of Copenhagen, Denmark.


Thursday 19 March
Other Music and's SXSW Lawn Party - The French Legation Musuem
Time: 3.30pm

Hometapes/The Leaf Label showcase - Habana Bar
Time: 8.00pm


Thursday 19 March
Other Music and's SXSW Lawn Party - The French Legation Musuem
Time: 2.00pm

Hometapes/The Leaf Label showcase - Habana Bar
Time: 11.00pm

Friday 20 March
Danish Dynamite Day Party - Cesar A. Sylva Studio
Time: 3.20pm

Saturday 21 March
The Agency Group showcase - EMOs
Time: 10.00pm


Saturday 21 March
Friend Island
Time: 6.45pm


Thursday 19 March
End Of The Road Party - Lambert’s BBQ
Time: 1.45pm
Please RSVP before 10th March to: info 'at' with "SXSW party" in the subject, and full names of guests and if you need a +1 or not.

Team Clermont Party - Flamingo
Time: 5.00pm

Friday 20th March
Billions Showcase - Antones
Time: 9.00pm

EXMS Party - Red River
Time: 1.00pm

Knitting Factory Party - The Side Bar
Time: 4.30pm

A Hawk And A Hacksaw Announce New Album And UK Tour
Published 12 March 2009 by BWL

A Hawk And A Hacksaw will release their fourth album, Délivrance, on May 18. Recorded in Budapest, Devon and Albuquerque during the second half of 2008, the album is their first full length release since the much-loved The Way The Wind Blows in 2006.

A single, ‘Foni Tu Argile’, precedes the album on April 27. As well as the obligatory digital download, there will also be a limited edition of 500 hand-numbered 10” singles, cut at 78rpm, with packaging that replicates the shellac records of old. Hear ‘Foni Tu Argile’ now on AHAAH's myspace:

Jeremy Barnes and Heather Trost's new band will be on tour from mid March, kicking things off with an SXSW appearance on the 19th, followed by North American shows with Andrew Bird and Wilco. Their European tour will begin in Leeds on May 2 as part of the fuseleeds09 festival, and you can find details of all the UK shows below. European shows will be announced very soon.

Sat 2 May fuseleeds09, West Yorkshire Playhouse, LEEDS (with The Acorn, Nancy Elizabeth
Tue 16 June Duke of York's Picturehouse, BRIGHTON
Wed 17 June Fiddlers Club, BRISTOL
Thu 18 June Cecil Sharp House, LONDON
Fri 19 June Baltic, GATESHEAD
Sat 20 June Tollbooth, STIRLING
Sun 21 June The Arches, GLASGOW
Tue 23 June Hare & Hounds, BIRMINGHAM
Wed 24 June Holywell Music Room, OXFORD
Thu 25 June Arts Centre, NORWICH

You can find all the band’s upcoming shows by clicking here.

A Hawk And A Hacksaw Support Andrew Bird & Wilco In North America
Published 19 March 2009 by BWL

A Hawk And A Hacksaw have been confirmed as support to both Andrew Bird and Wilco on their tours this April. Sandwiched in the middle of these shows, the group will play headline concerts in Pittsfields, Massachussetts, and Minneapolis. AHAAH will be performing as a four piece on this tour. Alongside core duo of Jeremy Barnes (accordion, percussion, vocals) and Heather Trost (violin, vocals) will be Mark Weaver (tuba), who played on AHAAH's last two albums, and Chicago-based Samuel Johnson (trumpet).

A Hawk And A Hacksaw also appear at this year's SXSW. AHAAH join the Hometapes/The Leaf Label showcase at Habana Bar, joining labelmates Efterklang. They will also appear at the Other Music/'s lawn party, at the French Legation. All dates can be seen below.

Over recent months, AHAAH have been busy recording its fourth album, 'Délivrance, due for release later this May. The first single from the album, 'Foni Tu Argile' will be released as a digital single and strictly limited edition 10" single, cut at 78rpm! More info soon!

See AHAAH at their recent appearance in Brooklyn for the Lomography Store grand opening:

And with The Hun Hangár Ensemble in 2007:

Thu 19 Mar (1230pm) Found Magazine Party, Red 7, Austin TX, USA
Thu 19 Mar: (3.30pm) Other Music and's SXSW Lawn Party, The French Legation Musuem, Austin, TX, USA
Thu 19 Mar: (8.00pm) Hometapes/The Leaf Label, SXSW, Habana Bar, Austin, TX, USA

Thu 2 Apr: Allen Theatre, Cleveland, OH, USA (with Andrew Bird)
Fri 3 Apr: Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Toronto, ON, CANADA (with Andrew Bird)
Sat 4 Apr: Le National, Montreal, QC, CANADA (with Andrew Bird)

Sun 5 Apr: The Copperworks, Pittsfield, MA, USA

Tue 7 Apr: Carnegie Music Hall, Pittsburgh, PA, USA (with Andrew Bird)
Wed 8 Apr: Michigan Theatre, Ann Arbor, MI, USA (with Andrew Bird)
Thu 9 Apr: The Hideout, Chicago, IL, USA
Fri 10 Apr: Civic Opera House, Chicago, IL, USA (with Andrew Bird)

Sun 12 Apr: Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis. MN, USA

Tue 14 Apr: Pabst Theater, Milwaukee, WI, USA (with Wilco)
Wed 15 Apr: Pabst Theater, Milwaukee, WI, USA (with Wilco)
Thu 16 Apr: University Auditorium, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, USA (with Wilco)
Fri 17 Apr: Templeton-Blackburn Auditorium, Ohio University, Athens, OH, USA (with Wilco)
Sat 18 Apr: Tennessee Theatre, Knoxville, TN, USA (with Wilco)
Mon 20 Apr: The Classic Center Grand Hall, Athens, GA, USA (with Wilco)
Tue 21 Apr: Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, Asheville, NC, USA (with Wilco)
Wed 22 Apr: Sloss Furnaces, Birmingham, AL, USA (with Wilco)
Thu 23 Apr: The Lyric, Oxford, MS, USA (with Wilco)

In A Dream Gets Theatrical Screening In The USA
Published 24 March 2009 by BWL

Documentary film In A Dream finally gets its theatrical run starting on Friday 10 April at the Cinema Village in New York. The independent feature, which took seven years to make, contains music by Leaf artists Efterklang and Colleen. In fact, a video for Efterklang's 'Cutting Ice To Snow' was made from the out-takes from the film:

The feature-length documentary debut of Jeremiah Zagar, it was among the 15 films shortlisted for this year's Best Documentary Feature at the Oscars. The film's Executive Producer is Ross Kauffman, the Academy Award winning co-director of Born Into Brothels. Here is the trailer:

Here are the theatrical dates, with many more to be announced soon - keep up to date at here:

New York, NY
The Cinema Village
Starting Friday, April 10th

Philadelphia, PA
Landmark Ritz at the Bourse
Starting Friday, April 17th

San Francisco, CA
The Roxie
Starting Friday, April 17th

Los Angeles, CA
Laemmle Music Hall
Starting Friday, April 24th

Icy Demons European Tour
Published 25 March 2009 by BWL

New signings Icy Demons begin their first European tour in April. Third album and first on Leaf, Miami Ice, comes out on April 27. The group line-up has changed since the recording of Miami Ice - centred around Chicago stalwart Griffin Rodriguez (Blue Hawaii - vocals, bass, keyboards), the touring band will include Dylan Ryan (aka Versa) on drums, Jeremiah Chiu (Monsieur Jeri) on keyboards, guitar and vocals, and Emma Yohanan (Yo! Hanan) on vocals and keyboards.

Here are the dates:

Fri 24 Apr 2009: Festival Abril No Tan Cruel, Madrid, SPAIN
Sat 25 Apr 2009: Passos Manuel, Porto, PORTUGAL
Mon 27 Apr 2009: L'Mono, Bilbao, SPAIN
Wed 29 Apr 2009: Becool, Barcelona, SPAIN
Thu 30 Apr 2009: Festival, B-Side, L'Embobineuse, Marseille, FRANCE
Fri 1 May 2009: Tago Mago, Marina di Massa, ITALY
Sat 2 May 2009: Lokomotiv, Bologna, ITALY
Mon 4 May 2009: Clandestino, Faenza, ITALY
Tue 5 May 2009: tba, Bolzano, ITALY
Sat 9 May 2009: Space 72, Bristol, UK
Sun 10 May 2009: Utophia, London, UK
Mon 11 May 2009: The Freebutt, Brighton, UK
Tue 12 May 2009: The Lexington, London, UK
Wed 13 May 2009: Brudenell Social Club, Leeds, UK
Thu 14 May 2009: The Kazimier, Liverpool, UK
Fri 15 May 2009: Futuresonic Festival, The Deaf Institute, Manchester, UK
Sat 16 May 2009: The Roxy, Ulverston, UK
Sun 17 May 2009: Bodega Social Club, Nottingham, UK
Tue 19 May 2009: La Cave aux Poètes, Roubaix, FRANCE
Wed 20 May 2009: Perron 55, Venlo, NETHERLANDS
Thu 21 May 2009: Cul De Sac, Tilburg, NETHERLANDS
Fri 22 May 2009: Conne Island, Leipzig, GERMANY
Sat 23 May 2009: Klub Re, Krakow, POLAND
Sun 24 May 2009: Klub 007 Strahov, Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC
Mon 25 May 2009: West Germany, Berlin, GERMANY
Tue 26 May 2009: Astra Stube, Hamburg, GERMANY
Wed 27 May 2009: Point Ephemere, Paris , FRANCE
Fri 29 May 2009: Festival Terra Trema, Cherbourg, FRANCE

Murcof Tours Europe In Three Projects
Published 27 March 2009 by BWL

Fernando Corona (aka Murcof) has a busy few months ahead of him. Corona has a clutch of solo concerts beginning in May, but before then, he also has a one-off show with Barcelona-based pianist and friend Francesco Tristano (the two of whom have collaborated live previously). This show is held at Cité de la Musique, Paris, at the invitation of contemporary composer Pascal Dusapin.

Late last year Corona teamed up with French jazz trumpeter Erik Truffaz to record Mexico, part of a trio of collaborative releases themed on cities entitled Rendez Vous. The two reunite to take Mexico on tour with Talvin Singh playing support at all these shows.

Fernando has been busy writing and recording his fourth album proper, Océano, following the commissioned project The Versailles Sessions, which was released in December last year.

Here are all the dates:
Monday 30 March: Cully Jazz Festival, Lausanne, SWITZERLAND (with Erik Truffaz and Talvin Singh)

Tuesday 31 March: Cité de la Musique, Paris, FRANCE (with Francesco Tristano)

Thursday 2 April: Centre Neumünster, Luxembourg, LUXEMBOURG (with Erik Truffaz and Talvin Singh)
Tuesday 7 April: Espace Culturel De Canteleu, Canteleu, FRANCE (with Erik Truffaz and Talvin Singh)
Wednesday 15 April: Le Comfort, Poiters, FRANCE (with Erik Truffaz and Talvin Singh)
Thursday 16 April: Cité De La Musique, Paris, FRANCE (with Erik Truffaz and Talvin Singh)
Friday 17 April: Le Cartonnerie, Reims, FRANCE (with Erik Truffaz and Talvin Singh)
Saturday 18 April: La Laiterie, Strasbourg, FRANCE (with Erik Truffaz and Talvin Singh)
Sunday 19 April: Jazzhaus, Freiburg, GERMANY (with Erik Truffaz and Talvin Singh)
Monday 20 April: Stanzer Musik, Stanz, SWITZERLAND (with Erik Truffaz and Talvin Singh)
Friday 24 April: Europajazz, Le Mans, FRANCE (with Erik Truffaz and Talvin Singh)
Saturday 25 April: Passagers Du Zinc, Avignon, FRANCE (with Erik Truffaz and Talvin Singh)

Friday 1 May: Engelsholm Electronic 09, Engelsholm, DENMARK
Friday 8 May: Fabbrica Europa, Firenze, ITALY
Saturday 9 May: Chiesa di Sant'Uberto, Torino, ITALY
Thursday 14 May: Futuresonic Festival, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, UK (feat. visuals by AntiVJ)

New volcano! Single, Video And European Tour
Published 27 March 2009 by BWL

volcano!'s latest European tour starts next week and we're very pleased to announce a brand new single and video to accompany it. The single, 'So Many Lemons', will be released digitally through the Leaf shop, as well as iTunes and the usual suspects on April 6. You can hear it at the band's myspace page now:

'So Many Lemons' was recorded in February, with the accompanying video very much in mind. Directed by Peter Galassi and Pat Meegan, the same team that brought us the bizarre video for 'Africa Just Wants To Have Fun', it features the 'nanopus', an adorable nine-limbed beast with three faces jutting out of a single, abnormally large head (in fact the three members of volcano! physically joined together. It has to be seen to be believed, and you can do that right here:

'So Many Lemons' heralds a new direction for the band, playing like a cover of Jay-Z’s ‘Big Pimpin’’ as performed by the Jay-Z Orchestra. But instead of flowing rhymes, here’s MC Aaron With singing like a desperate David Byrne while scratching out sunny Sonny Sharrock guitar riffs. Meanwhile Mark Cartwright blasts Kanye West synths on the offbeats and Sam Scranton plays Led Zeppelin/Deerhoof hip-hop drums. After years of avoiding vocal harmonies (because, as vocalist With has stated, “No vocalist is my equal, I will not share the stage”), volcano! have finally found a backing vocalist to complement With's voice in folk musician (and friend), Jenny Gillespie.

Lyrically the track deals with some rather terrifying visions of death that With has occasionally had while treading the streets of volcano!’s hometown Chicago - the newly crowned Murder Capitol of the USA. With mocks his own fears in a dialogue with Death, who surprisingly has a soft side and makes use of vernacular such as “flapdoodle” and “poppycock” throughout the conversation...

Also to be found on the download single is a remix of ‘Slow Jam’ from Paperwork by Lee J. Malcolm of Leeds, UK, band Vessels. An alternative take on the album’s lead single ‘Africa Just Wants To Have Fun’, by fellow Chicagoan Erik Schoster of He Can Jog rounds out the release.

Here are the European tour dates:

Sat 4 Apr 2009: Beurskafee, Brussels, BELGIUM
Sun 5 Apr 2009: The Freebutt, Brighton, UK
Mon 6 Apr 2009: Dulcimer, Manchester, UK
Tue 7 Apr 2009: The Luminaire, London, UK
Wed 8 Apr 2009: La Fleche d'Or, Paris, FRANCE
Thu 9 Apr 2009: Spazio 211, Turin, ITALY
Fri 10 Apr 2009: La Casa 139, Milan, ITALY
Sat 11 Apr 2009: Tabula Rasa, Moscow, RUSSIAN FEDERATION
Sun 12 Apr 2009: 59:1, Munich, GERMANY
Mon 13 Apr 2009: Chelsea, Vienna, AUSTRIA
Tue 14 Apr 2009: Club Chapeau Rouge, Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC
Wed 15 Apr 2009: Kisielice, Poznan, POLAND
Thu 16 Apr 2009: Astra Stube, Hamburg, GERMANY
Sat 18 Apr 2009: OOTC Festival, Kulturfabrik, Luxembourg, LUXEMBOURG


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