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26 February 2012
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24 March 2007
For all of you who wish they could hear Another Language performed live, Andrew will be performing 3 numbers, including a brand new and beautiful cover of Roy Orbison's 'In Dreams', with Claudia Brücken at a very special gig at the Shepherds Bush Empire on Wednesday 28th March.
'A tribute to Billy McKenzie' marks what would have been the 50th Birthday of the Associates frontman. (He died in 1997). The concert is also a fundraiser for a really good charity - Sound Seekers, who work with deaf children in the developing world. On the bill with Andrew/Claudia will be OneTwo (Claudia Brücken and Paul Humphreys of OMD), British Electric Foundation (BEF- Glenn Gregory and Martyn Ware from Heaven 17) , Apollo 440, Subterranians with Paul Haig (Ex Josef K), Electric Soft Brigade and Mower. All the acts will be playing at least one of Billy's songs in their set.
Tickets are available from http://www.ticketweb.co.uk.
22 January 2007
Andrew Poppy created his own pages on MySpace.com. You can now listen to his new audio samples and get to know his "extended family" including sound engineer Rob Kraushaar, vocalist Annette Peacock, Onetwo, ZTT Records, and many more.
10 September 2006
10 September 2006
8 January 2006
A N D R E W P O P P Y
SOMETHING IN THE AIR
(Levitation and Fall)
for male voice choir, 3 soloists, percussion & electronics performed by
Estonian National Male Choir
conductor Kaspars Putninš
Estonian National Male Choir: www.concert.ee/ram/english
(Grammy 2004 award for Best Choral Performance.)
19 May 2005
Order the Andrew Poppy boxset now!
ZTT added the "Andrew Poppy on ZTT" 3 CD boxset to their online shop and began taking orders as of yesterday.
PR events galore
The following information was brought to my attention by Marie-Jeanne:
The news section of the official OMD website contains a picture of Claudia Brücken, Paul Humphreys, and Andrew Poppy taken at a signing session in Sister Ray, London.
Another PR event took place in Lisbon on Wednesday May 11th, when Claudia and Andrew performed a short set for the press organised by the Portugese distributer of "ANOTHER LANGUAGE".
The TherethereMusic website contains a diary entry on their trip to Portugal.
ANDREW POPPY LATEST NEWS OCTOBER 2004
NOSZFERATU play MORE MATTER LESS
at the Warehouse in Waterloo as part of the BMIC Cutting Edge Series on Thursday 25 November (www.bmic.co.uk/concerts) and at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival on Friday 26th November (www.hcmf.co.uk)
This is a new ‘cello enhanced’ version of the work which premiered at last years Cheltenham Festival
is a new album by Andrew Poppy and singer Claudia Brücken. A unique collaboration that will be available shortly on the there(there) label. (www.theremusic.com for details and on line sales). The track listing is as follows
1) Lipstick Vogue 2) White Noise Maker 3) Drive in Saturday 4) Broken English
ANDREW POPPY ON ZANG TUMB TUUM
ZTT RECORDS are about to release a 3 CD box set of recordings from the 1980s called ANDREW POPPY ON ZANG TUMB TUUM. This will include the two released albums THE BEATING OF WINGS and ALPHABED, music from the 7 and 12 inch releases and INSIDE THE WOLF the theme for The Tube TV programme, as well as an unreleased 3rd album recorded for ZTT called UNDER THE SON. The package includes an 18 page booklet with text by Ian Peel. (www.ztt.com for more details and on line sales)
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High Bridge Projects & Trinity College of Music present
Music by Andrew Poppy
5:30 pm 29th May 2004 Studio Theatre
LAST LIGHT performed in South Africa
The Zwa Zulu Natal Philharmonic Orchestra directed by Darragh Morgan present
"Illustrating the wonderfully expressive qualities texture and range
11 October 2003
Recent & Forthcoming Performances:
MUSIC BY ANDREW POPPY
Thursday 8th May, 7.30pm
Mary Dullea - Piano
BMIC at St Cyprian's Church, Glentworth Street, London NW1
MATTERS OF THEORY
PART OF THE AMUSEMENT***
(from FRUITS and SHAVINGS 23 pieces for piano)
Richard Emley for piano 5***; finnissy's fiftieth
Morton Feldman Last Pieces (1959)
Gyorgy Ligeti Etude 4, Fanfares
Luciano Berio 6 encores pour piano
Simon Mawhinney Flux,
Joanna Lee The hungry rallipretac***
Christopher McClelland Haiku*,
Michael Finnissy Embraceable you; Shall we dance? (both from Gershwin arrangements)
Tickets: £6 (£4)
Telephone: 020 8855 6407
Saturday 24th May
Tania Chen - piano
Oxford Contemporary Music, 8pm
TWO PIECES FOR PIANO
"i went down to the cross roads" & "you can run you can run"*** (2002) world premiere
SPELL, SILT, MATTERS OF THEORY,
TRACE OF A SCHOOL HOUSE BRICK, CURTAIN
from FRUITS and SHAVING 23 pieces for piano
from 6 AVALANCHE THOUGHTS:
This concert is part of a double bill with New York group The Clogs.
Tania Chen website: www.taniapiano.com
Jacqueline du Pré Music Building, St Hilda's College, Oxford.
Tickets: £10 (£6 concessions)
Box Office: 0870 750 0659.
Tickets are also available online at www.ocmevents.org
Saturday 5th July
Cheltenham International Festival of Music, 1pm
Darragh Morgan (violin), Finn Peters (saxophones, flute) Dave Price (percussion), Ivo de Greef (piano),
Joe Cutler (sound projection)
Noszferatu's programme presents the freshest faces of
contemporary music within a broad, eclectic aesthetic. Helping
to launch the Cheltenham Festival, their programme of music
by maverick composers will introduce a radical element to the first day.
Programme: Mavericks Inc
Joe Cutler - Strikin' out
Andrew Poppy - MORE MATTER LESS***
Jonathan Powell- Drempel***
Laurence Crane - Four Miniatures***
Frank Lyons - Dazed by the Haze
Luke Stoneham - Left on Silver Lake
Yannis Kyriakides - Chaoids
*** World Premiere
Prince Michael Hall, Dean Close School, Cheltenham
Box Office: opens mid-April 01242 227979
to obtain Festival brochure 01242 237377 (answerphone)
Festival website: www.cheltenhamfestivals.co.uk
be presented at
opens the NEW TERRITORIES Festival
TANIA CHEN, piano
One, 25, Albert Drive, Glasgow G41 2PE
What they said in New York:
AVALANCHE THOUGHTS, a work by the leading collaborative team of UK sound artist/composer Andrew Poppy and visual artist/filmmaker Julia Bardsley, "is a hybrid and heterogeneous work that combines the experience of the gallery, theater and concert hall, balancing video projection with live recorded music, sculptural objects, photographs, and text as object and sound."
Yes, the combination might sound like an overkill, but this performance/installation is a commixture that brilliantly blurs the lines of space and memory, capturing stillness in the palm of tireless labor, as a traveller lost in a blizzard fights with oblivion and certainty.
The piece features excerpts from Bardsley's short film, SNOW, with a partially trenchant otherwise soporific score by Poppy. It is nostalgia, glorified through moments of pleasure and destructive impulse - the embodiment of all that transforms the moment into eternity, saturated with agonising and erotic deliberations of the mind that incessantly press into the consciousness and finally surrenders to the articulation of the piano (performed live by Tania Chen) while the blizzard is kept at bay, still haunting, waiting, breathing into the rims of rationality. The only symbol of certainty is a chair, a chair that embodies the ghost of human experience - sensuous, scarred and hauntingly beautiful.
I would encourage you to resist the urge to close your eyes and revel in the unfolding musical performance, lest you miss the breath-taking subtlety with which the space melds into the fingertips of the pianist... AVALANCHE THOUGHTS will leave you lingering - in the blizzards of your mind, in the images of your memory, luring you to indulge in the tangential fabrications of your own senses.
Ahmet Sibdial Sau FOILMAGAZINE
21 October 2001
Some belated information: two magazines featured new interviews with Andrew Poppy earlier this year. The first was the online magazine Stride, the other interview was with the Spanish Magazine called MARGEN. The latter also included a CD containing the previously unreleased track 'Revolution Number Eight: Airport for Joseph Beuys' and loads of material by other artists.
A number of minor updates to the site. It now contains a reviews section. And an essay on Glyn Perrin was added to the articles section.
12 October 2001
12/stages2: [a forensic mnemonic]
a film by Julia
Bardsley & Aldona Cunningham
12 October 2001
ANDREW POPPY in CONCERT
Tuesday 16th October 7:30
TIME AT REST DEVOURING ITS SECRET
WEIGHING THE MEASURE
Tania Chen: piano
further details and travel directions see www.mmu.ac.uk
5 March 2001
TIME AT REST DEVOURING ITS SECRET
Thursday 22 March 8.00 pm
269 West Ferry Rd, Isle of Dogs E14 signposted and
4 February 2001
31 December 2000
The new CD Time at Rest Devouring It's Secret received a very good review in The Wire magazine.
31 December 2000
This month brought the London premiere of Poems & Toccatas. Performance details as follows:
EXPERIMENTS & ECCENTRICITIES
Darragh Morgan Violin
Mark Taylor: 2 Fragments for Darragh Morgan **
** World Premiere * London Premiere
28 October 2000
The new releases on souRce research recordings will be available for purchase online from the following site: http://www.irislight.demon.co.uk/s.htm.
17 October 2000
A new solo release is due for October 30, 2000. The mid-price CD entitled Time at Rest Devouring Its Secret will be released on the souRce research recordings label and feature a single 35 minutes track.
At the same time, the emre [Dark Matter] compilation is coming out on the same label. The piece contributed by Andrew Poppy on that compilation is called Blind Fold. Other artists featured on this compilation are COH, Coil, Ovum, Cyclobe, souRce research, and Leif Elggren.
3 August 2000
The following info was received from Ian Peel. On September 3rd, Annie Nightingale's show on BBC Radio 1 will air Goodbye Mr G, and two sections of Cadenza by Andrew Poppy. These tracks are played as part of an overview of ZTT's most ambient moments from the past 15 years. You can find more info at the Radio 1 website: www.bbc.co.uk/radio1 and there will be details added to Annie Nightingale's section at www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/djs/nightingale.shtml. There is also some info in the Radio section of Ian's own website: www.ianpeel.com.
11 June 2000
On Saterday June 17th, the Premiere Screening of Snow, a 22'30" short film by Julia Bardsley featuring music by Andrew Poppy, will take place at the first Greenwich Film Festival in the programme Art & Dance Special. Programme starts at 1:00PM (ends 2:40PM).
Limited seats, so book early. Tickets UKP4/2.50 concs.
Festival info hotline: 020 8694 2218
16 April 2000
March 27, the Smith String Quartet released their new CD Good Medicine
on the Glissando label, featuring the track Last Light by Andrew
4 April 2000
Graham Fitkin Group will perform a new version of 32 Frames for small ensemble in Rome at the Instituzione Universitaira dei Concerti, Lungotevere Flaminio 50 Roma.
Heidi Latsky is choreographing Cadenza (from The Beating of Wings) for her New York based company Goldhuber & Latsky. The duo are highly acclaimed for their work with Bill T. Jones. Performances are at the Joyce Theatre New York on 25, 29 30th January as part of the Altogether Different Series.
(All the works from the Beating of wings have been professionally choreographed at some point in the last 10 year. Many work have also been used for student workshops and exercises.)
Snow a film based on Ted Hughes' story of the same name and with a score by Andrew Poppy will be premiered early in the new year.
The Smith String Quartet will record Last Light for their new CD on the Pure Classics label.
There is a feature on Andrew Poppy at the British Music Information Centre (BMIC). See the 'news & features' section.
13-23 October 99
Andrew made a special mix of his orchestral work: 'Revolution no 8: Airport for Joseph Beuys' for an installation of photographs, projections and items of evidence called 12 Stages 3 (a memory theatre) by Julia Bardsley and Aldona Cunningham presented at The Theatre Toynebee Studios Commercial Street E1.
Ruth Wall and Ann Morphy play 'Poems and Toccatas' No 11/4/7 in Dorchester as part of The Graham Fitkin Group's concert.
21 September 99
Andrew plays his solo piano works 'Trace of a Reed' and 'Matters of Theory' in London Fashion week. Since leaving Jasper Conran Julian Roberts and his company Nothing Nothing has become a name to watch. A long time admirer of Andrew's work Julian asked him to play for the show which was held at the Atlantic Gallery in Brick Lane. Julian is currently editing a special video of his work accompanied by the piano score.
10 May 99
String Factory conducted by Nick Pendelbury play a string orchestra version of Last Light at the Isleworth Festival.
Andrew presented his work on the west coast of America: on Dean Suzuki's show at radio KPFA, at San Francisco State University and at CalArts ( California Institute of the Arts).
A new piece called 'Ghost' premiered at Roehampton Institute London on Wed 10th Feb. It's being performed by a group called Gemini. The piece is for clarinet, violin cello and piano and is based on some of the trio music. The concert is in a series called British Music of the 1990s.
This is the programme note:
Andrew Poppy Ghost (95-99)
for clarinet (doubleing bass clarinet) violin, cello, piano
The Smith String Quartet perform Last Light at Bruno Letort's Tapage Nocturne festival in Paris.
There is a world premier of a new work called End Synch Sound on 10th October 1998 at the Palace Theatre Newark. It's performed by the Charlie Barber Band for whom it was written earlier this year. The tour consists of 8 dates in total. Here is the programme note:
"The work incorporates an educational film made by Encyclopaedia Britannica in the 1950s. Director unknown. The film shows some aspects of life in a Chinese village. End Synch Sound (an instruction written on the end of the film), echoes surrealist technique in its re contextualising and restructuring of a found object. The score does not attempt to psychologically interpret the images but rather to work with the details and flow (?) of their construction. The authority of the didactic and unseen narrator is brought into relief by disengaging his statements and suggestions from the images. The music, the presentation of images and the explanations of language are hopefully experienced as the play of moments in construction. Duration 15 mins."
Last October  AP gave a lunch time concert at Goldsmiths College of a new suite of a piece called Mouthing the Words for two singers and a band of 8 musicians. AP has since revised the material for a slightly bigger band of 10 musicians. AP plans to record it at some point in the very near future.
In March 1998 AP made a performance at the Telegraph Hill Festival in South London with some new music written for mixed quartet. Piano/electric piano, Tenor sax, Accordion and Cello. They played Snowdronia a concert version of music written for a short film Snow by Julia Bardsley adapted from a short story by Ted Hughes. AP has almost completed some more music for this quartet and they hope to perform and record it soon also.
Stop the Press (a rumour): Poppy and Ensemble to support Art of Noise in 1999 touring extravaganza.
Andrew Poppy recently wrote an article on film music in
the "International Film Guide". You can read the full article here.
John Harle & Simon Haram alto saxophones
Conductor Sachio Fujioka
World Premiere 19th March 1997
Original plans were to take part in the festivities of the cultural capital Copenhagen in September '96 with a theatrical presentation of Ophelia/Ophelia. However, lack of funds prevented this from happening. This also prevented BiTtA TwIsTiNg ReCs AnD PrOdS from launching their own website as intended, which was planned to be linked to the website of the festival.
Nevertheless the summer was very busy. Work is in progress for a double saxophone concerto for the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, which is called HORN HORN. Premiere March 1997.
Also, AP hopes to return to live performances which is, he says, "the area I want to address as soon as possible".
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