ABOUT

Leon Michener started piano from an early age, later going on to study classical piano at trinity College of Music with British pianist John Bingham. While an undergraduate he performed 20th century works and developed a passion for Russian piano literature. Growing up he was exposed to a wide range of dance music through his Fathers record collection, leading him to seek a way to perform a similar music live on the piano, that eschewed sequences, prerecording, or looping, committing to the goal of realtime music, created in the instant.

After leaving the Conservatoire he continued to explore 20th century piano repertoire, recording music by composers such as Xenakis, Cage, Scelsi, as well as Jazz, free improvisation and electronic dance music, gradually bringing all the separate musical threads together into a unified cohesive whole, searching for a new type of piano music.

KLAVIKON reimagines electronic music without the use of conventional processes - no loops, no prerecorded music, no samples. Instead all sounds, kicks, snares, bass and pads are created by preparing an amplified piano, an “acoustic workstation”, sequenced only by fingers, allowing human vagaries to triumph over quantised accuracy. Unique inventions and found objects - a custom made pick up, a robot toy dog, vibrators, and lots of blu-tak, augment the 88 keys delivering cascading batteries of percussion, sub-basses and dark abstract soundscapes. This amalgam of virtuosic piano technique and real-time electronic processing is at once connected with dance genres and 20th century classical music.

Clavosin is performed on a prepared amplified Clavichord, an early keyboard instrument dating from the 16th century. This project brings elements of early music, the extreme dynamics of the Instrument together with live electronic processing.

 

 

"Leon Michener has created something truly original"

Observer Newspaper

 

"An innovative and absorbing concept, carried through by Michener with no mean insight and technical finish"

Gramophone Magazine

 

"A young pianist with extraordinary control of the instrument"

Wire Magazine

LIVE

UPCOMING SHOWS 

No shows booked at the moment.

RECENT SHOWS

Date City Venue Country
05.05.17 St.Gallen Palace St Gallen CH
Time: 8:00pm. Address: Palace, St.Gallen,. Solo Piano Recital with Joashino and Pierre Bastien.
01.27.17 Rio de Janeiro OI FUTURO IPANEMA BR
Time: 8:00pm. Address: Rua Visconde de Pirajá, 54 Rio de Janeiro – RJ 2410-003. Klavikon performance at the RC4 Festival Rio de Janeiro
12.10.16 Le Havre Le Tetris FR
Time: 8:00pm. Address: 33 rue du 329e RI, 76620.
10.29.16 LONDON The VORTEX UK
Time: 8:00pm. Address: 11 Gillett Square, London N16 8AZ. Klavikon Performance as part of the Match and Fuse festival
06.02.16 Barcelona Primavera ES

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RECORDINGS

RECORDINGS1

 

KLAVIKON - Klavikon

Klavikon debut album.
Released on Nonclassical - NONCLSSV020
12 Jun 2015, UK

OTHER RECORDS

Leon Michener - Imaginary Landscape (FMR Records, 2002)

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