Anthonie Tonnon Mataura Paper Mill Socks

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Anthonie Tonnon is a songwriter and performer originally from Dunedin - now based in Whanganui.

In his work, Anthonie Tonnon has been fascinated with the way people interact with human-made systems. A song from his album, Successor, 'Water Underground' dealt with local government and water management, and despite the dry subject matter, was shortlisted for the APRA Silver Scroll.  

In the last two years, Tonnon has developed more immersive show formats, and used new technology to take his show to unusual environments. With the Otago Museum, he created the show for planetariums, A Synthesized Universe - 'a stadium-level visual experience with the intimacy of a folk gig.'.

Interested in the fluid boundary between organic and synthesized sound, Tonnon performs on a Synthstrom Deluge - a new electronic instrument designed in Wellington, and a storied, 1968 semi-hollow body guitar.

Tonnon has toured widely as a solo performer around North America, Europe and Australasia, sharing the stage with the likes of Nadia Reid, The Chills and The Veils. He has been a finalist for The Taite Music Prize, and three times been a top 20 finalist for the APRA Silver Scroll award.