Arcade Fire to Promote Haiti Relief Efforts With Lecture at University of Texas
Members of last year's unexpected Grammy winners Arcade Fire will head to Austin, Texas, to give a lecture about the socioeconomic dilemma in Haiti. Win Butler, Régine Chassagne, Will Butler and Marika Anthony-Shaw are scheduled to appear at the University of Texas on March 19 for the presentation, which is titled "Hope, Haiti and Service."
The outfit will share its volunteer experiences in Haiti, which was devastated by a massive earthquake in 2010. The country is still far from fully recovering, with many saying health care reform and First World aid are badly needed. The group will also urge students to get involved with the relief efforts no matter how big or small their contribution is.
Haiti has a personal connection with Arcade Fire. Chassagne's parents moved to Montreal before she was born to escape the dictatorship of François Duvalier, and the Canadian rockers have raised over $1 million so far to benefit aid to Haiti's recovery through ticket sales and other revenue generated. An interesting note to make is that their speech at UT takes place in the middle of SXSW -- we wouldn't be surprised to see the rest of Arcade Fire in town for a benefit concert during the festival.
In other Arcade Fire news, the band has contributed two songs to 'The Hunger Games: Songs from District 12 and Beyond.' It is the official soundtrack to 'The Hunger Games,' the first film adaptation of the best-selling book. One song is called 'Abraham's Daughter' and the other is an orchestral piece entitled 'Horn of Plenty.'
“Our whole approach was to get into the world and try to create something that serves the story and the film,” Win Butler told Entertainment Weekly. ”There’s something in the story of Abraham and Isaac that I think resonates with the themes in the film, like sacrificing children. So we made a weird, alternate-universe version of that, where it’s as if Abraham had a daughter — kind of a metaphor for Katniss.”
'The Hunger Games: Songs from District 12 and Beyond' will be released on March 20.