Lara Jones Ensō +

26 – 29 May 2023

6am - 9pm

Leeds Jazz Festival , Leeds Train Station, New Station St , Leeds, LS1 4DY

An immersive, cinematic audio-visual experience, originally commissioned as part of Jerwood Jazz Encounters.

Showing as part of the Leeds Jazz Festival, Lara Jones Ensō+ is an immersive, cinematic audio-visual experience based on field recordings of train journeys and monochrome visuals filmed across train stations in the UK. Audiences are invited to step inside the dome for a duration of their choice; to take a moment of pause, reflection and stillness amongst the chaos of the station.

Lara Jones collected the sound and footage over the period of one year when she regularly travelled between Leeds & London in a long-distance relationship. During this time she noticed how the sounds of the station became a part of the soundtrack to her world. She collated these sounds, created the soundtrack she was hearing during her travels, and initially released it as a saxophone & electronics album Ensō before turning it into the physical installation Ensō +.

The installation will be based on the South Concourse within Leeds Train Station, directly in front of the windows as you come in the entrance on New Station Street, between Marks and Spencers and Caffé Nero Express.

This project is made possible with public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England and was originally supported through Cheltenham Jazz Festival Jerwood Jazz Encounters Programme, co-commissioned by Manchester Jazz Festival and funded by Jerwood Arts.