Haiku Salut's Live Score of Buster Keaton's 'The General'
Electronica trio Haiku Salut are coming to Skipton Town Hall on Friday 13 May to perform their critically-acclaimed album The General. Buster Keaton’s 1926 film, comedy classic The General, will be screened as an accompaniment to the live performance.
“For a band consistently creating experimental yet deeply melodic music Haiku Salut’s score for The General is yet another success. Not only do they find new ways to immerse the audience into this cinema classic, but in doing so have shown themselves to be among the most artful composers of the moment.” – Loud And Quiet
Hapless railroad engineer Johnnie Gray faces off against Union soldiers during the American Civil War. When Johnnie’s fiancée, Annabelle, is accidentally taken away while on a train stolen by Northern forces. Johnnie pursues her across the Great American Midwest using various modes of transportation in incredible comic scenes showcasing Keaton’s enthralling wit and dexterity.
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”.
Haiku Salut’s score for the film was released as a double album – also entitled The General – in 2019. The album was met with widespread critical acclaim. In October 2019, the trio performed the live score at the Albert Hall film festival. Lucy Noble, Artistic Director of the Royal Albert Hall, said: “New scores from the likes of Haiku Salut show how the genre can be taken in extraordinary new directions.”
Starts at 8PM and tickets are £15.40
Skipton Town Hall, High Street, Skipton, North Yorkshire BD23 1AH
Fri 13 May