Salon Imaginaire #6 - Laura Cannell and Leafcutter John

The Old Library, West Dean College

Pay what you decide, open to all age 12+
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Join us at this evening event that celebrates the spirit of invention and reinvention in the company
of two of the country's most innovative musicians; Laura Cannell and Leafcutter John.

Laura Cannell's music is a testament to the power of solo performance. Using traditional resources - fiddle and recorders - she performs highly dynamic semi-composed, semi-improvised pieces which explore the spaces between the ancient and experimental. An open-hearted approach to her
practise gives her music a feeling of great freedom, always underpinned by her deeply intuitive
sense of melodic gesture.

Leafcutter John is an acclaimed acousmatic musician and artist, making work that is inspired by two strands: computer music and folk music. His conscientious approach to hand-building much of the technology he uses in his music-making has made him a pioneering spirit in the field.

Doors open at 7.30pm. Music starts at 8pm. The Steward's Bar will be open until 10.30pm.

Open to all age 12+. This is a Pay What You Decide event. Please register to book your seat.

Laura Cannell

Laura Cannell regularly performs throughout the UK and Europe, recent festivals include Unsound Poland, Flow Helsinki, Meteo France, Norway, Holland and Denmark. She has performed solo at The Barbican and Royal Festival Hall and composed sound tracks for short films - recent work is hosted by the BFI. She was also recently invited to give a guest lecture in composition for students at the Royal College of Music.

"...pure expression, music that owes nothing to precedent and expectation and everything to musical
openness and to immersion in the moment" The Quietus on Reckonings, one of the Quietus' top albums of 2018

"...while this music feels ancient, it also feels brutally alive, as if a giant was waking from long
slumbers, about to make its way in the world." The Guardian on Hunter Huntress Hawker

Leafcutter John

Leafcutter John, aka John Burton, is a long-time member of the Mercury Award nominated British jazz band Polar Bear, and received a Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award for composition in 2017. His radically hands-on approach to technology, and the playfulness and ingenuity of his compositions continues to inspire a new generation of electronic composers.

"Thought provoking and at all times stretching the boundaries of electronic composition" Bookmat
on The Housebound Spirit

"Truly inspired music" tinymixtapes

Pay What You Decide

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tickets can be reserved prior to a performance. Then on exiting the show, you have the opportunity
to pay what you decide you want to, or can afford to, based on your overall enjoyment of the

Please ensure you have arrived and collected your tickets 15 minutes before the show starts in order
to secure your seats. At the end of the show, you can decide what to pay, by cash on the door.
Suggested price bands of £5 and £10.


West Dean College is supported by PRS Foundation's The Open Fund.