Simon Bookish
Above: Simon Bookish in the studio, July 2009 (Photo: Leigh Righton)

Simon Bookish
Above: Simon Bookish, 2008 (Photo: Lucy Johnston)

Simon Bookish
Above: Simon Bookish photographed for Amelias Magazine, 2008

Simon Bookish
Above: Simon Bookish live at the Scala, 2007 (Photo: John W Stuart)

Simon Bookish
Above: Leo appearing in Jennet Thomas' "School of Change", 2012 (Film Still)

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Above: Leo rehearsing with the London Symphony Orchestra, 2013 (Photo: Kevin Leighton)


Simon Bookish is Leo Chadburn

Leo Chadburn is a composer and performer from London (UK). His unpredictable work includes experimental music for ensembles, dramatic solo performances that merge his voice with electronic music, and music for film and installation art. It has been broadcast on BBC Radio 1, 3 and 6 Music, Resonance FM and internationally.

He is best known as Simon Bookish, under which guise he has released three albums of transgressive, investigatory pop.

His most recent works are preoccupied with the ideas of 'found text' and the musicality of speaking voices. These include The Indistinguishables (2014) for Quatour Bozzini, Freezywater (2016) for Apartment House and RED & BLUE (2015), a solo performance based on the Cold War correspondence between Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan.

His collaborative work with visual artists includes Jennet Thomas' The Unspeakable Freedom Device (2015), Richard Grayson's Nothing Can Stop Us Now (2014) and Cerith Wyn Evans' Imagination Dead Imagine (2013).

His writing on creative new music has appeared in publications including the Wire, the Quietus and Frieze.

For a more detailed list of works click here.