Anthonie Tonnon is a musician originally from Dunedin, and currently based in Whanganui. He 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. In 2015, his album, Successor, was a finalist for The Taite Music Prize, and the single Water Underground was a top five finalist for the APRA Silver Scroll award.
Tonnon has developed a reputation as an innovative songwriter and lyricist, examining modern, complex problems through highly specific characters. He has developed a one-of-a-kind show which combines both electronic and traditional instrumentalism, a surreal sense of storytelling and physical movement.
Interested in the fluid boundary between organic and synthesized sound, Tonnon currently performs on a Synthstrom Deluge - a new electronic instrument designed in Wellington, and a storied, 1968 semi-hollow body guitar.
The EP and single, Two Free Hands, is Tonnon’s first imprint from two years of international touring and experimentation. The single spent a number of weeks at the top of the NZ alternative radio charts at the end of 2017, and the CD version of the EP is now available from music stores across the country via Southbound distribution - as well as from Tonnon’s website and Bandcamp.
Produced with longtime collaborator Jonathan Pearce, Two Free Hands features contributions from Anna Coddington on vocals, fellow band member Stuart Harwood on percussion and drum effects, and Elizabeth Stokes (The Beths, Sal Valentine and the Babyshakes) on french horn. Thom Healey (Tiny Ruins, Dunes) mastered the song. The Extended Player features a new collaboration with and remix by Wellington electronic producer, Michael Upton, also known as Jet Jaguar.