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Haiku Salut

About Haiku Salut

Haiku Salut are an instrumental dream pop and electronica trio from the Derbyshire Dales.

Haiku Salut are an instrumental dream pop and electronica 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. In 2017, the trio co-wrote “They Gave Me A Lamp” with Public  Service Broadcasting, and appeared on PSB’s top five album, “Every Valley”. 

Haiku Salut’s third album ‘There Is No Elsewhere’ was released on 7th September 2018 on  PRAH Recordings to further critical acclaim. The album was awarded four stars or above by  Mojo, Drowned In Sound (“formidable and fragile, beautiful and fascinating”), Clash, God Is In  The TV (“a magical and fully realised piece of music”), Exclaim (“exactly what electro-pop can  and should sound like in 2018”), Narc (“their warmest, most complex and most quietly thrilling  album yet”) and many more, and was generally seen as an artistic step up for the trio. “The  record their other albums only hinted at. Here the ambition goes large”, said Electronic  Sound. 

As well as pushing musical boundaries, Haiku Salut have been exploring new ways to  combine technology and artistic expression. In August 2018, the trio performed with the  Robot Orchestra, as part of the Hexagon Experiment at the Centre For Life science park in  Newcastle. The following month, they unveiled a Virtual Reality video for the song “Occupy” at  Metaphysical Launch Party in Derby. Attendees were invited to don VR headsets and live  inside the video. The trio are currently planning similar VR events around the country. Haiku  Salut are also working with theatre director Adam McCready at Poetical Machines in the  development of a score for a theatre piece about the mathematician and computer  programmer Ada Lovelace. 

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. 

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There will be a single £15 parking charge for overnight parking for the weekend. There is no parking charge for non-overnight parking – for people attending the festival but staying elsewhere in the area. 
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26th - 29th of August 2022