Above: Leo Chadburn, 2016
Above: Leo Chadburn live at LCMF 2017 (Photo: Tina Rousou)
Above: Simon Bookish photographed for Amelias Magazine, 2008
Above: Leo rehearsing with the London Symphony Orchestra, 2013 (Photo: Kevin Leighton)
Above: Simon Bookish live at the Scala, 2007 (Photo: John W Stuart)
Above: Simon Bookish in the studio, July 2009 (Photo: Leigh Righton)
Above: Leo appearing in Jennet Thomas' "School of Change", 2012 (Film Still)
Above: Leo Chadburn, 2016
Simon Bookish is Leo Chadburn
Leo Chadburn is a composer and performer from London (UK). His unpredictable work includes music for ensembles, 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 also known as Simon Bookish, under which guise he released a sequence of albums of subversive, investigatory pop and numerous remixes for international artists.
His most recent album is Slower / Talker (2021), which comprises his distinctive, drifting music for ensembles and voices, written over the course of a decade. It follows 2020's The Subject / The Object: two extended, intensely focussed spoken word and drone pieces.
Much of Leo's work from the last decade is preoccupied with the ideas of 'found text' and the musicality/theatricality of speaking voices. These include The Indistinguishables (2014) for Quatour Bozzini, Five Loops for the Bathyscaphe (2017) for the Britten Sinfonia, ANTICLOCK (2019) for Decibel and RED & BLUE (2015), a solo performance based on the Cold War correspondence between Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan.
He won a 2016 British Composer Award (The Ivors Composer Awards) for his piece Freezywater, written for Apartment House, and was nominated for a second award the following year for Affix Stamp Here written for the vocal ensemble EXAUDI.
His extensive collaborative work with visual artists includes Jennet Thomas' film The Unspeakable Freedom Device (2015), Richard Grayson's five screen video installation Nothing Can Stop Us Now (2014) and Cerith Wyn Evans' performance work Imagination Dead Imagine (2013), for spaces including Matt's Gallery, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Serpentine Gallery and the V&A.
Albums / Listen:
- Slower / Talker (2021 album)
- The Subject / The Object (2020 album)
- Red and Blue (2015 EP)
- Everything / Everything (2008 album)
- Trainwreck / Raincheck (2007 album)
- Unfair / Funfair (2006 album)
- Epigram / Microgram (CZ) (2002 album)
- Singles (and compilation tracks)
Very occasional mailing list, for news of performances, new releases, etc.