Thursday 22 October 2020, 7pm

Between The Lines x Leafcutter John & FriendsWith Helen Papaioannou + Skylla

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Serious is very proud to present a new series of Between The Lines, joining forces with some of our favourite artists, labels and collectives to present a series of performances of boundary-pushing music.

On Thursday 22 October we are joined by legendary electronic musician and producer Leafcutter John, who has put together a night of new collaborations and projects spanning the wide range of his extensive musical output. He’ll be performing with saxophonist and composer Helen Papaioannou in a first time collaboration, and to support he’s invited his friend Ruth Goller (of Melt Yourself Down and Vula Viel fame, amongst others) who will perform with her new trio Skylla, featuring vocalists Lauren Kinsella and Alice Grant.

Exploring the intersections between electronic, experimental, jazz, and more – Leafcutter John has been a serial collaborator and left an indelible mark across the UK’s musical spectrum, and with this show in continues to push into new musical territory.

Presented in association with Border Community


19:00 – 19:30 doors

19:30 – 20:00 Skylla

20:00 – 20:30 interval

20:30 – 21:30 Leafcutter John & Helen Papaioannou

21:30 – 22:00 close

Please note visitors will be asked to scan a QR code at the door when they arrive, using the NHS COVID-19 app. We will be providing hand sanitiser - and note that we will only be accepting card payments.

Leafcutter John

Bradford-born, Wakefield-raised, John Burton grew up fascinated by sound but it wasn’t until halfway through his painting degree at the Norwich School of Art and Design that he discovered a computer he was using to write his dissertation could take him on new sonic adventures by recording and manipulating sound.

Since 2000, John has released seven studio albums, toured widely, built expressive interfaces for electronic music, and received the prestigious Paul Hamlyn Foundation award.

His most recent work ‘Lockdown Patchwork’ was commissioned by HCMF and Leeds Art Gallery and used interview material, publicly submitted field recordings, and new music written by John. Aside from his solo work, he’s written for theatre, dance, and radio. He was also a key member of experimental jazz band Polar Bear, recording five albums with them and picking up two Mercury Prize nominations. John has performed with Shabaka Hutchings, Talvin Singh, and Imogen Heap and supported Matmos, Otomo Yoshihide,Yo La Tengo and Beck.


Ruth Goller’s ‘Skylla’ shines a long-awaited light on one of the most important musicians to have driven and revolutionised the UK jazz and improv scenes over the last 16 years. The bassist, vocalist, composer, environmentalist and now solo artist, draws inspiration from deep within to create a stunningly original and beautiful piece of work.

‘Skylla’ takes inspirations from Bulgarian folk song, via free jazz, 'Joyce', and the Italian Alps from where Ruth hails - with bewitching compositions featuring bass guitar harmonics in different tuning systems sparkling underneath other-worldly polyphonic songs.

"It's eerily compelling, fearlessly personal music, lying somewhere between O Superman-era Laurie Anderson and a crunching, boldy-retuned Derek Bailey-esque reinvention of the bass guitar." John Fordham, The Guardian

"It's kinda like a cross between Derek Bailey and Arthur Russell, and it's just really really beautiful" Zakia Sewell, BBC 6 Music

"We're gonna inhale, we're gonna exhale, and we're gonna step into the sunshine" Jamz Supernova, BBC 6 Music

“Very close, intimate sound.. so close and so tactile that you can feel the music stroking you on the shoulder” Corey Mwamba, BBC Radio 3

Helen Papaioannou

Helen Papaioannou is a composer and baritone/alto saxophonist based in Sheffield, UK. She has a fascination with the dynamics of group interaction, and often works with game strategies in her collaborations. Helen’s new solo project, Kar Pouzi, intertwines saxophone and synthesisers in tides of pulses and drones, often exploring small groups of sounds across prolonged durations.

Helen’s compositions have been performed by Workers Union Ensemble, Ensemble neoN, Nieuw Ensemble, Galvanize Ensemble, Cobalt Duo, Michael Speers/Renzo Spiteri, LSO and Northern Sinfonia.

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