Leeton musician to feature in Heard in London

Jason Richardson will have his music featured in a show on the other side of the world thanks to the power of online collaboration.

OFF TO LONDON: Jason Richardson's work will be featured in a show in England thanks to the power of online collaborations.

OFF TO LONDON: Jason Richardson's work will be featured in a show in England thanks to the power of online collaborations.

This is the second time the musician has been featured in a show in London and is thrilled to be taking part.

“There isn't much of an audience for avant-garde music in the Western Riverina,” he said.

“It's great to know there's interest and to be promoted overseas.”

The style of the music is what drew the musician to take part in the show which is being run by Naviar Records.

“They've run a variety of musical projects that often use literature as a creative prompt,” he said.

“Since I like haiku poetry I was interested in how Naviar set a haiku and a deadline each week.

“The idea is to record a piece responding to a short poem and upload it.”

The idea of an online collaboration was appealing to Mr Richardson because he has little interest in playing at a pub which is at times the only outlet for regional musicians and has found it to be quite satisfying.

“Whatever your medium, there are probably other artists online who are willing to share,” he said.

“Look around, introduce yourself to people whose work you like and see what you can learn.

“There's a lot of inspiration to be found but even more to be gained through collaboration.”

Many of Mr Richards songs to be featured in the exhibition find their inspiration from Leeton and the surrounding area.

“The song 'Of Leeton' on there has lyrics that came from the front page of The Irrigator,” he said.

The song 'Of Leeton' on there has lyrics that came from the front page of The Irrigator.

Jason Richardson

“While the song 'Here Comes a Train' features an excerpt from story time at the Leeton Library and 'Shall I Compare Thee?' has a melody based on Leeton's weather.”

The Leeton musician has found no lack of inspiration for his songs having created over 100 track.

“My music and videos are all made very quickly and I rarely spend more than a day or two working on each one,” he said.

“I've been meaning to put together an album or two since I've recorded over a hundred songs since my last album.”

Mr Richardson will treat Leeton to his music at the Western Riverina Arts workshop on April 27.