Leafcutter John

Leafcutter John is an award-winning musician and artist living in London. His releases on Planet Mu, Staubgold, and Desire Path Recordings combine elements of musique concrète and electro-acoustic music with voice and guitar work more commonly found in folk music.

John has developed a light-controlled music performance system that is played gesturally using handheld lights, which won the Qwartz prize for innovation in 2015.

John has toured extensively and worked/played with a wide variety of musicians, poets, and choreographers including Beck, Thurston Moore, Imogen Heap, Wayne McGregor, BBC Symphony and Concert orchestras, Matmos, Grace Jones, Nick Cave, Yo La Tengo, Beth Orton, Talvin Singh, and Otomo Yoshihide.

John is also a key member of Polar Bear, a twice Mercury Music Prize-nominated band based in London.