As most now know, Jordan McKenzie passed away accidentally on 18 January 2016 on Hornby Island, British Columbia. We are shattered and saddened and our hearts go out to his beloved partner Emi, and to his family and friends. Click here
to read our longer post dedicated to Jordan's memory; Elfin Saddle's full band biography is listed below.
Elfin Saddle is the musical project of Emi Honda and Jordan McKenzie, both of whom are also practicing visual artists working in a variety of media, with an emphasis on scavenger art installations, kinetic sculpture (often with an audio component) and video work. Their work often engages with questions of (over)consumption, waste/detritus, and the degradation of lived and natural environments. The music of Elfin Saddle similarly reflects all these techniques and concerns; the group uses a wide array of found objects, junkyard percussion and other recuperated instruments (mostly acoustic: accordion, xylophone, ukelele) to create an avant-folk global protest music that combines Japanese and Canadian folkways with postpunk, drone, noise and other 21st century influences and sensibilities.
Honda, originally from southern Japan, moved to Vancouver Island in the late 90s and was immediately…