Tickets Available for Sounds of the South @ Barbican Dec/2014

"Be transported to the deep American south as psych-folk artists Megafaun, jazz collective Fight the Big Bull led by Matthew E. White, Grammy Award-winning Bon Iver frontman Justin Vernon and Frazey Ford – a lead singer with cult Canadian alt-folk trio The Be Good Tanyas – bring the heart and soul of American music to life in this UK premiere."

http://www.barbican.org.uk/music/event-detail.asp?ID=16305

Appalachian Excitation Out Today!!!

Today is the day! Our collaborative record with Arnold Dreyblatt, “Apalachian Excitation” is officially out in the world, courtesy of Northern Spy Records!!!

Arnold’s music has been a major inspiration to Megafaun for many years. After initially collaborating with him in 2008, we’re still pinching ourselves over the continued opportunity to play those ecstatic rhythms and rich resonances on his modified string instruments. It’s a dream come true.

Experience our “excitation” for yourself by ordering below:

http://northernspy.11spot.com/arnold-dreyblatt-megafaun-appalachian-excitation.html

Sounds of the South to be performed in Australia!

Friends, we are so excited to announce that we will be performing our reinterpretation of Alan Lomax’s seminal collection of field recordings, “Sounds of the South” in Australia!  The shows will take place on June 1st & 2nd, as part of the Vivid LIVE festival at the Sydney Opera House.  Tickets go on sale March 27th, and can be purchased here:

 http://vividlive.sydneyoperahouse.com/sounds-of-the-south/

"Sounds of the South" was originally commissioned by Duke University in 2010, and includes collaborators Fight the Big Bull and special guest, Justin Vernon.  The project was performed again in 2011 at the MusicNOW Festival in Cincinnati, OH.  We’re absolutely humbled by the opportunity to share this body of work overseas in 2013!

Date: June 1-2

Time: 9pm & 4pm

Price: A $79 / B $59

Venue: Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House

February is Collaboration Month!

Hello everyone, its been a while! We’ve been wildly anticipating the end of this month for two main reasons:

The first is a show for Duke Performances with the amazing Glenn Kotche, featuring a collaborative set with his band On Fillmore!  See the info below:

http://dukeperformances.duke.edu/artists-genre/classical/kotche_megafaun

The second is a reunion with our good friend Arnold Dreyblatt in NYC for the Ecstatic Music Festival!  We will be performing the pieces we recorded last fall.  Here are the details:

http://www.kaufmanmusiccenter.org/mch/event/ecstatic-music-festival-arnold-dreyblatt-megafaun

Both of these shows will open with an acoustic Megafaun set, but more importantly, they  will provide a rare opportunity for you to hear us play with some of our favorite musicians.  Hope to see y’all soon!

See y’all in the spring!

Hey everyone!

Thanks for the fantastic last 6 years of non-stop activity.  We couldn’t be more satisfied with the experience thus far.  We are gonna take some time off to re-tool the shed, so to speak.  Write some music, hang with family and plan the next record.  We really won’t be playing much, if at all in the next while, so there won’t be much going on here.  The only show on the calendar is in FEB with the incredible Glenn Kotche from Wilco.  We are really looking forward to this collaboration.  It will be a Duke University in the Reynolds Industries Theater. 

Other than that, stay in touch.  We’ll be back and can’t wait to see y’all again.  Happy fall!

Full August EU/UK Dates! 

August 2012 EU/UK Tour:
8/3 - Berlin, DE - Puschenfest
8/4 - Katowice, PL - OFF Festival

8/5 - Vienna, AT - Rhiz

8/6 - Munich, DE - Ampere*

8/7 - Dresden, DE - Beatpol*
8/9 - Goteborg, SE - Way Out West Festival
8/10 - Hamburg, DE - Kampnagel*
8/11 - Haldern, DE - Haldern Pop*
8/12 - Domburg, NL - Pop Aan Zee
8/14 - Brighton, UK - Blind Tiger*
8/15 - Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club*
8/16 - Glasgow, UK - The Arches*
8/17 - Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, UK - The Cluny*
8/18 - Liverpool, UK - The Leaf*
8/19 - Glanusk Park, Crickhowell, UK - Green Man Festival*
8/20 - London, UK - Dingwalls*

*with Damien Jurado

August EU/UK Dates with Damien Jurado Announced

We are pleased to share with you all the full August EU/UK tour dates.  We are so excited to be on the road with Damien Jurado!  Damien’s new album, Maraqopa, is phenomenal. We absolutely recommend picking it up if you haven’t already!

August 2012 EU/UK Tour:
8/3 - Berlin, DE - Puschenfest
8/4 - Katowice, PL - OFF Festival
8/6 - Munich, DE - Ampere*
8/7 - Dresden, DE - Beatpol*
8/9 - Goteborg, SE - Way Out West Festival
8/10 - Hamburg, DE - Kampnagel*
8/11 - Haldern, DE - Haldern Pop*
8/12 - Domburg, NL - Pop Aan Zee
8/14 - Brighton, UK - Blind Tiger*
8/15 - Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club*
8/16 - Glasgow, UK - The Arches*
8/17 - Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, UK - The Cluny*
8/18 - Liverpool, UK - The Leaf*
8/19 - Glanusk Park, Crickhowell, UK - Green Man Festival*
8/20 - London, UK - Dingwalls*

*with Damien Jurado

The Importance of Levon Helm

I could write a book about the influence this man has had on my life, and our life as a band. The unmistakable feel he placed in a groove, the subtle flourishes he pulled out of that dry snare drum, the earthy quality and raw power of his voice, his epic charisma as a performer; they’re all aspects of his music that have been transformed into goals within our own musical practice, and are simultaneously things he will be remembered for forever.  However, the influence of his character has been just as deep for us.   He set an example as a humble leader, and an endlessly appreciative member of a group of musical giants.  He also outwardly expressed an attitude that seemed unique to rock music: a shameless acceptance and appreciation for the traditions and generations that preceded him.

Though none of us ever had the chance to meet him or play music with him, we’ve absorbed so much of his character through countless interviews, concert videos, documentaries, books and his amazing autobiography.  He truly was the leader of The Band.  He expressed genuine care and appreciation for his fellow band mates, and viewed each one’s contributions as an equally vital part of the engine.  This is an attitude we have held close to our hearts over the last 6 years of this band, and made it our guiding light.  

Like many people of my generation, I was introduced to Levon Helm’s music by my parents at an age in which I wasn’t so concerned with measuring art by its cultural significance.  I was very much taken by the popular music of the 90s, which provided a divide typically longed for by every adolescent; a break from from my parents’ influence on my social and aesthetic interests.  The music of The Band was the opposite.  Embedded within their music, lyrics and album artwork were countless nods to tradition, history and a shameless display of ancestral awareness.  It was specifically Levon that shattered my family’s own generational wall with his performance of “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” from the Last Waltz, as we were gathered in the living room for movie night. Its hard to put one’s finger on exactly what it was about Levon that made him able to reach over the generation gap and grab each of my siblings and I by the ear.  That’s simply the power this man possessed, and the gift he shared with the world.

Levon Helm was well beyond just being our favorite member of The Band, or our favorite singing drummer, or the first musician that ever planted the possibility of doing both in my mind.  He was, and continues to be, the most important American cultural icon.  He represented something that each member of my family was able to share together, at any given stage in life.  Whether he meant to or not, he gave us an understanding of who we were and where we’d come from, and reminded us of the importance of community, family and friendship.  May his music and his legacy continue to ripple through future generations for decades to come.  Thank you Levon.