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Leafcutter John

Bradford-born, Wakefield-raised, John Burton grew up fascinated by sound but it wasn’t until halfway through his painting degree at the Norwich School of Art and Design that he discovered a computer he was using to write his dissertation could take him on new sonic adventures by recording and manipulating sound.

Since 2000, John has released seven studio albums, toured widely, built expressive interfaces for electronic music, and received the prestigious Paul Hamlyn Foundation award.

His most recent work ‘Lockdown Patchwork’ was commissioned by HCMF and Leeds Art Gallery and used interview material, publicly submitted field recordings, and new music written by John. Aside from his solo work, he’s written for theatre, dance, and radio. He was also a key member of experimental jazz band Polar Bear, recording five albums with them and picking up two Mercury Prize nominations. John has performed with Shabaka Hutchings, Talvin Singh, and Imogen Heap and supported Matmos, Otomo Yoshihide,Yo La Tengo and Beck.