August 13th, 2007 | by Michael Byrne Music | Posted In: Columns

Halleluwah! Halleluwah Festival Returns (get enthused)

     
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halleluwahA few hours ago, Mike McGonigal, proprietor of Yeti Publications and co-presenter of the Halleluwah Festival with Blackbird Presents, dropped me this year's lineup in an email. And...and, holy jeeze, they've pulled it off again. The first Halleluwah was one of my favorite, tripped-out, spaced-out, enthused times of last year, and, though it's slimmer (no Truman's Water, sigh), this is looking to be another grand ride. Damo Suzuki, Califone, They Shoot Horses, Don't They? and so much more, including an expanded lit program. I don't think I can give up the price right now, but I'll just say it'll be a steal.

Here's the word straight from McGonigal:


{ Friday 8.31.07 }
PANTHER
THE JOGGERS
CHOW NASTY
THEY SHOOT HORSES, DON'T THEY?
ALEXIS GIDEON
VALET
MODERNSTATE
Plus very special guests ...

Sublime Frequencies presents::
Niger: Magic and Ecstasy in the Sahel
a film by Hisham Mayet
{70 minutes}
A celebration of life in the Sahel region of Africa, this film
showcases many of Niger¹s venerable music styles. Tuareg Electric
Guitar trance rock, Bori cult dance ceremonies, Fulani Folk, and
Roadhouse Gospel Rave-ups are some of the segments included in this
latest "Folk Cinema" classic from Sublime Frequencies! Filmed in
December of 2004 on location in Niger, Hisham Mayet delivers a
spontaneous, raw, and inspiring collection of images, music, and
ceremony (again with a single camera presentation) from a nation mired
in poverty and continual post-colonial disappointment. Quoting from
Mayet¹s liner notes: "This is not music as commodity, this is music as
survival. There is a saying in Niger that goes, "when we die we know
we are going to heaven because we already live in Hell" well I think
its more like the purgatory that we all live in and they sure have
managed to transcend with an incredible natural resource: Music.
Dig it!"



{ Saturday 9.1.07 }
CALIFONE
DARK MEAT
BOWERBIRDS
PLANTS
ETERNAL TAPESTRY
BUILDERS & BUTCHERS
WHIP
STRANGERS DIE EVERY DAY

Sublime Frequencies Presents::
PALACE OF THE WINDS
a film by Hisham Mayet - filmmaker in attendance
(45 minutes/color)
An entrancing look at the culture and music of the Saharawis from the
Western Sahara and Mauritania. This film explores the rich heritage of
a culture that is cloaked in mystery and mired in struggle. Journey
from the northern fringes of the Western Sahara to the Mauritanian
capital of Nouakchott. Explore the intoxicating tapestry of sight and
sound that this obscure region has to offer from some of its most
legendary musicians.



{ Sunday 9.2.07 }
DAMO SUZUKI (of Can) with EMIL AMOS, ADAM FORKNER,
YELLOW SWANS & special guest musicians
MASTER MUSICIANS OF BUKKAKE
CLIMAX GOLDEN TWINS
THE SEA DONKEYS
TARA JANE O'NEIL
EVOLUTIONARY JASS BAND
CEXFUCX
ILYAS AHMED
KATHARINA TUNICATA

Sublime Frequencies Presents::
MY FRIEND RAIN
a film by Robert Millis - filmmaker in attendance
(45 minutes/ Color)
A collage of musical segments, tropical backdrops, and mysterious
celebratory events from rainy mornings in the lowlands of the
Ayerwaddy river to the humid nights of Java's Dangdut scene. Captured
live and in the moment by Robert Millis and Alan Bishop on location in
Thailand, Burma, Indonesia and Laos.


Art:

Photographs and graphic works
by Gretchen Vaudt
& Norm Sajovie

Literary:

Jana Martin
Curtis Knapp
Vanessa Veselka
Tom Blood
Lisa Wells
Mike McGonigal


Links:

www.yetipublishing.com
www.halleluwah.org
my free associative rundown on last year's fest

Photo: Poster by Dylan McConnell


 
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