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Leafcutter Graphic Score film to be shown at Barbican Gallery

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010 | Graphic Scores, Live Shows, nails, Site News | No Comments

Just a quick one to let you know that one of my short films will be shown at the Barbican in London on Saturday the 20th Feb. It’s my first graphic score as played by the Kammer Klang Quartet at Charlie Wright’s a little while back. 

It’s a free event and is listed in the new and updated live shows Section of my site. Unfortunately I won’t be able to attend myself as i’m on Polar Bear duty in Canterbury that day (also listed on Live Shows page).

Take care & don’t forget the Nails gig at the Vortex this Wed! 

Leafcutter John.

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Animated Graphic Score Played by York University Music Students

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009 | Graphic Scores, Processing | 10 Comments


This is a recording of the first run-through of my score with students from York Uni’s Music Department. I love how they played the piece and it’s even more amazing considering this was the first time they had laid eyes on it. The result is surprisingly coherent given that there are 11 people playing.

Recorded with a little stereo mic in the middle of the room so the instrument balance is way off I’m afraid. The piece will be performed by an augmented version of this ensemble as part of the York Spring Music Festival in May 2009.

Many thanks to the musicians for their enthusiasm and for allowing me to put up a rehersal, and thanks to Simon for all his organising!

Performed by: 

  • Violin – Hannah Wells
  • Viola – Vic Bernath
  • Cello – Chris Mullender
  • Double Bass – Vanessa McWilliam
  • Double Bass – Gareth Taitt
  • Oboe – Des Clarke 
  • Flute – Megan Fennell
  • Flute – Ellie Haines
  • French Horn – Benjamin Gait
  • Piano – Dave Morecroft
  • Voice – Anna Goldbeck-Wood
Leafcutter John.

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Jazzwise review.

Thursday, February 12th, 2009 | Graphic Scores, Live Shows | No Comments

Sorry about the lack of updates over the last week and a half, I went away on the Take 5 program which is a career development residency run by Serious on a beautiful organic farm just outside the M25. It’s primarily for jazz musicians but they are open minded enough to have invited me so I guess that means it’s fairly wide open. Anyhow it was a great week, very hard work but lovely people, food, and wine. 

Also on a Jazzy tip, I just read this nice review in Jazzwise magazine of the recent Kammer Klang concert at Charlie Wright’s:


“An animated score designed by the enigmatic Leafcutter John, projected onto a blank canvas, provided the structural platform for in-performance composition by the Kammer Klang quartet. Four lines colour coded to each musician respectively, warped over time in size, shape and position, which the musicians interpreted by variations in volume, pitch, attack and decay. The absence of rhythmic, harmonic and melodic structure entailed that the music emanated directly from each musician’s emotional centre. Despite the freedom afforded by this method of musical expression there was an evident coherence to the group’s performance. 

An arresting improvised solo set by Leafcutter John of his pioneering ‘folktronica’ concluded the evening. A multi-layered, multi-textured electronic soundscape instantaneously engaged the audience. The acoustic fabrics of guitar, accordion and voice interacted with electronic sound swarms and distortions as each effect seemingly consumed its predecessor. 

The musical and intellectual density of the evening matched its engaging and accessible nature: a fine combination for such progressive music.”     

Review: Joseph Kassman-Tod 

Take care,

Leafcutter John.

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Animated Graphic Score as played by Kammer Klang Quartet!

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009 | Graphic Scores, Live Shows, Processing | 11 Comments

I’m really happy about how the premiere of the score piece turned out! I think the Kammer Klang Quartet did an excellent job with it. It was inspiring to see how each individual dealt with the notation in a different way while still maintaing some kind of group integrity. It seemed like the whole thing went down well with the audience too, perhaps because they could see the score projected as it was played. I’m going to work on a second score as soon as I finish off the things I have on my plate at the moment, perhaps now the rules have been established it might be fun to bend them a little.

I must thank Lucy for putting on a great night and Dave for his dedication to the sound! Also my thanks to Mr Leo – Simon Bookish who’s criticism and suggestions were invaluable in the making of this piece. 

The Kammer Klang Quartet were:

Kammer Klang is a monthly event and I highly recommend it!

Finally a note about the video – The audio sync is not perfect, this is a video issue and nothing to do with the fine playing of the Quartet! The sound was recorded on my little Sony D-50 and my Soundman Binaural mic’s laid on a table so it’s not fantstic. Good enough though to illustrate the evening’s events.

All the best,

Leafcutter John.

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