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Leon Michener + Seaming To
Present a live soundtrack to A Page of Madness an early Japanese silent classic (1926) by Kurutta ippēji, using an electronically processed amplified clavichord, piano, and live vocals.
Leon Michener started piano from an early age, later going on to study classical piano at trinity College of Music with British pianist John Bingham focusing on 20th century works while developing a passion for Russian piano literature. Growing up he was exposed to a wide range of electronic music through his Fathers record collection, leading him to seek a way to perform a similar electroacoustic music live on the piano, that eschewed sequences, prerecording, or looping, committing to the goal of realtime music, created in the instant, creating everything through preparation and amplification. For this performance he will use an amplified prepared clavichord as well as piano.
“..An astonishing vocalist of haunting emotional power” The Guardian
“..One of the most captivating , and unclassifiable performers on the British music scene.” Financial Times
Composer, vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and producer Seaming To was born in London and comes from a family of concert pianists. She studied at the Royal Northern College of Music and during her time in Manchester began performing and releasing albums with supergroups Homelife (Ninja Tune) and Graham Massey’s Toolshed. She has appeared on BBC Radio (Radio 3′s Mixing It/LateJunction/Radio 1′s Breezeblock show/6 Music) and performed and toured the UK, Europe and the Far East.
To has been described as ‘the voice of a 21st Century’ (Radio1), and an artist that is truly ‘avant garde’ (Robert Wyatt). Her experimental ethos and mastery across a variety of instruments has enabled her to collaborate with some of the most respected and radical artists of this decade, particularly in electronic, classical and experimental genres.
She has performed and recorded with the likes of Robert Wyatt, Jean Claude Vannier, Herbaliser, Punchdrunk Theatre, James Ford (SMD), Leila (Warp records), electronic outfit Funckarma, Michael England, Forkbeard Fantasy Theatre, Leon Michener, Bordeaux Symphony Orchestra, composer Larry Goves, Cinematic Orchestra, pianist Matthew Bourne and Mayming, an experimental duo with cellist Semay Wu. Seaming has composed music for film and theatre which includes Stormbringer at the National Theatre, Jenna Collins’ film More Real Than The Every Day World (of which toured numerous venues in the UK), Forkbeard Fantasy animations and theatre productions of Invisible Bonfires, Rough Magyck, The Colour of Nonsense; soundtrack for Maya Deren’s At Land (performed at the Barbican) and Deren’s Meshes of the Afternoon, performed live, at the Queen Elizabeth Hall for Birds Eye View’s Sounds and Silents, Latitude Festival and Opera North Howard Assembly Rooms in Leeds, and most recently a live soundtrack to New York Filmmaker Victoria Keddie’s Test Patterns for the closing night of theBasquiat: Boom For Real Retrospective at Barbican Jan 2018.
She has released an EP of Sodaslow on For Us and album Seaming and Mermaid EP is out now on Lumin.
“…the voice of the 21st century…” Radio One