Kiran Leonard is a mercurially talented 20 year old musician from Oldham, Greater Manchester. He takes inspiration from artists such as Mothers of Invention, Sufjan Stevens, Deerhoof, Albert Ayler, the Residents, Krzysztof Penderecki, the Beach Boys, Don Caballero, Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Adrian Belew. He asks you kindly not to make him pick a favourite.
He was commissioned by Manchester compadres Everything Everything to write and perform an original piece of music to celebrate the reopening of Manchester's Central Library. Derevaun Seraun was based on five novels and arranged for voice, piano and strings.
Kiran garnered much acclaim for his debut album Bowler Hat Soup, and recently signed to Moshi Moshi and released second album proper Grapefruit. His shows in August will be his biggest headline shows to date, and follow appearances at Royal Festival Hall as part of Guy Garvey’s Meltdown, as well as at Latitude Festival earlier this summer.
Kiran played several rapturously-received sold out shows around the release of Grapefruit. "He attacks this show with a relatively conventional four-piece band, but leads them through some hair-raising tempo changes, alternately stroking and strangling his guitar or detuning it mid-song... Saddleworth’s anti-Jake Bugg is a gawky but compelling presence" said The Guardian, in their four-star review of his last London concert.