Saturday 2 May 2009


Paul Farrington/Studio Tonne: when will it end
Amenity Space: Refurbishment
Leafcutter John: new work

Conductor and pianist: Nicholas Kok
Performers: Psappha
Film: Something Rich and Strange: The Life and Music of Iannis Xenakis (UK 1991, Dir. Mark Kidel 50mins)

Venue: Howard Assembly Room at Opera North, Leeds, UK.

Paul FarringtonAmenity SpaceLeafcutter John
Images [l-r]: Paul Farrington   |   Amenity Space   |   Leafcutter John

Paul Farrington / Studio Tonne

The past 10 years has seen Paul Farrington from Studio Tonne design and release a varied range of music projects that take form as sound toys, reactive sound installations, and albums for a varied range of music labels: Mute Records, Native Instruments, Bip-Hop, 4AD, Klitekture and Mitek. Under the alias Tonne performances have seen him travel across Europe playing many leading music and new media festivals: Ars Electronica, Sonar, Transmediale, Mutek and also events in Milan, Warsaw, Naples, Paris, Berlin and Gran Canaria.

His illustration work has appeared in many leading science and technology journals: Wired, New Scientist and ACM. Last year, Farrington was commissioned by leading mobile phone company Vodafone to produce images for the launch of the Blackberry Storm. Also in 2008, he designed a large scale artwork as well as outdoor furniture / sculptures for Imperial College, London.

Amenity Space

Established at the start of 2007 by architects Tony Broomhead and Nicholas Kirk, this young practice has already built a reputation for hugely innovative and artistic work.

Amenity Space started life as a radio show on Resonance FM, and the show remains central to their work, providing research opportunities into diverse aspects of the built environment, whilst promoting creative architectural principles to a wider audience.

Through playful exploration, Amenity Space blend art-forms to imaginative work that connects with the user/listener/viewer, and promotes architectural discourse. Their unique approach, and rigorous architectural philosophy has led to recent commissions from CABE, RIBA London, The Southbank Centre, Sunderland City Council and Opera North.

Leafcutter John

Since his debut album on Planet-Mu Records (2000), Leafcutter John's creative output has gone from strength to strength, growing richer and more diverse with each development. His innovative approach earned him an Honorary Mention at the 2004 Ars Electronica Awards for his third album, 'The Housebound Spirit' (Planet-Mu, 2003), which also featured in the top 50 records of 2003 by The Wire magazine.

Often bringing together guitar, vocals, and more experimental electronics, Leafcutter John has performed live extensively, from intimate house parties to the newly refurbished Royal Festival Hall (2007 Meltdown festival), and has accrued an impressive portfolio of collaborators: David Toop, Sebastian Rochford, Sebastien Roux, Kaffe Matthews, Janek Schaefer, Tomoko Takahashi, and Ingrid Laubrock.

On top of all this, John still finds time to create interactive sound installations, write music software, and play in the Mercury Music Prize Nominated contemporary jazz band 'Polar Bear'.

The commissions for Arborescent_01 were supported by a range of partners, and performed at FuseLeeds09. Particular thanks to Kate Burrough and Gail Cooke (FuseLeeds09) and Alex King (Leeds International Film Festival)