Celebrating Independent Venues Week, The Grand, in association with Cloudspotting Music and Arts Festival, presents a delightful double-bill featuring Rozi Plain and Haiku Salut for a night of high quality independent, original and quality music.
“Formidable and fragile, beautiful and fascinating” – Drowned In Sound.
“Exactly what electro-pop can and should sound like in 2018” – Exclaim
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”.
Their third studio album "There Is No Elsewhere" was released on PRAH Recordings in September 2018 to critical acclaim.
The band have made two appearances at Cloudspotting Music and Arts Festival and in the summer of 2013, following the release of their debut LP Tricolore, the trio won the Green Man Rising contest, earning them a place on the main stage at that year's Green Man Festival. The band also toured with folk rock outfit Lau and in 2015, released the brilliant “Etch And Etch Deep” which also met widespread critical praise.
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, 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 feature on the 2017 Public Service Broadcasting album Every Valley and they are currently 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.
We are excited to welcome Rozi Plain to The Grand ahead of her soon-to-be-released new album which comes out on Memphis Industries in March. Rozi makes the perfect guest for Independent Venues Week with her previous records released on legendary Scotland-based indie labels such as Fence Records and Lost Map. Her last album "Friend' came out in 2015, a year that Rozi performed at the nearby Cloudspotting Music and Arts Festival. She has also performed there, and at The Grand, as bass player for This is the Kit, the band fronted by her dear friend Kate Stables. Rozi is no stranger to collaboration, having worked also with Rachael Dadd and the French alt-pop maestros Francois and the Atlas Mountains.
She has also toured with KT Tunstall and Devandra Barnhart. We are thrilled to bring her back to The Grand in this double-bill with Haiku Salut.
A special guest support will open the evening.