Elfin Saddle

Elfin Saddle

 Montréal, Quebec, CAN
BandFolk

An experimental folk band that brings together the mixed ethnicities of songwriters Emi Honda (Japanese) and Jordan McKenzie (Scottish, Irish, Cree) into a new, wild landscape. Their use of eclectic and homemade acoustic instruments will transport the listener to a strangely familiar other world.

Biography

Elfin Saddle is the evolved musical project of scavenger artists Emi Honda and Jordan McKenzie. Prompted by their need to downsize an accumulation of musical instruments and objects in their migration to Montreal from Victoria, BC, Elfin Saddle focuses on the creative use of a compact array of acoustic instruments, including prepared accordion, banjo, and guitars, musical saw, and ad-hoc percussion setups. Having collaborated for years on various visual art and sound projects, Elfin Saddle is a fresh culmination of the ideas and ideals shared by both artists.

Emi, originally from southern Japan, moved to Vancouver Island in the late 90’s. She immediately became fascinated with the lush landscape and local flora, and began gardening, and building visually complex, mechanical assemblage sculptures, which she began to exhibit in local galleries. Jordan, also living on the island, and working in a similar vein in art school, happened upon one of these. Recognizing the eerily similar themes in each others work and sharing an affinity for the natural landscape, the two soon became friends, triggering an extended wave of collaborative projects, both visual and musical.

Since moving to Montreal in 2006, Elfin Saddle have been steadily gaining audience and acclaim for their highly original, multi-faceted work. Having recently expanded their practice to include video art, Jordan and Emi’s 'Wurld' uses time-lapse photography and stop-motion animation to capture the growth and sculptural development of a small backyard garden plot. The duo have toured this film along with musical performance in Europe including a world premiere at the Viennale International film festival in Vienna and a North American premiere at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal. Wurld is also the title of Elfin Saddle’s second release on Montreal’s Constellation Records, a multi-media DVD featuring the film and a number of other video and audio works. Elfin Saddle continues to perform in various configurations locally and internationally.

Discography

Gigantic Mother / Wounded Child CD (Kill Devil Hills, 2008)
Water Mother Digital EP (Villa Villa Nola, 2008)
Ringing For The Begin Again CD/LP (Constellation, 2009)
Wurld DVD / 10" (Constellation, 2010)