Turin Brakes live performance at Joe’s Pub in New York and an interview with the band will be featured in Musicwood, a documentary about overlogging and acoustic guitars:
If the overlogging of the world’s forests continues, countless species face extinction and our carbon emissions will skyrocket. But there is about to be another casualty in this war on wood…the acoustic guitar. If things don’t change, in less than 10 years the guitar as we know it will be no more…
Musicwood follows a Coalition of the world’s foremost guitar makers as they attempt to save the old-growth trees of the Tongass National Forest in Alaska. To do this they will have to deal with a logging company of Native Americans who have been in the area for 10,000 years. Native Americans who’ve notoriously been given a raw deal from the US government. So cultures will clash. To get them to change won’t be easy; it’s their livelihood that’s also at risk.
Musicwood tells this story by joining the Coalition on their journey to Alaska, getting behind the scenes in the negotiations, and framing it all with a soundtrack of major acoustic guitar performances. Interviews with leading experts, a rare chance to hear the Native American perspective, and some of the most dramatic scenery in the United States. Musicwood is an ecological investigation, a cultural history and an adventurous journey to the heart of primeval forest
The film is currently being edited and Turin Brakes involvement is included in the film:
After seeing that noted British acoustic artists Turin Brakes were playing at Joe’s Pub in NYC, we contacted them about the film and were extremely excited when they agreed to participate. Joe’s Pub is a great, intimate space, and the band’s fantastic blend of acoustic instruments filled the small room beautifully. Talking to the band after the performance, they spoke at length about their relationship to their guitars, what they thought about acoustic music, and how they felt about the Musicwood story. There really is nothing like people giving of their time and their art, and we definitely consider ourselves lucky to have filmed with this dynamic band.
I’m not sure when the film will be released, but I’ll try to keep you posted, as always.