Andrew Poppy

Andrew Poppy

In early 1981 Poppy became a founder member and pianist with The Lost Jockey, a large ensemble which explored techniques associated with the work of Glass, Reich and Andriessen. He wrote a number of works for the ensemble including, "The Object is a Hungry Wolf".

In the mid 1980s he signed to Paul Morley and Trevor Horn's ZTT Records. Pursuing a post minimal aesthetic in the context of a pop label he recorded 2 CDs. "Alphabed" merges traditional composition and studio production techniques in its use of sequencers, samples and electronic keyboards and includes a variety of singers including Annette Peacock, Ashley Slater, Udo Scheuerpflug and Dee Lewis

During the 1980 Poppy collaborated on experimental/visual theatre pieces produced by The Institute of Contemporary Art in London such as Secret Gardens and Midday Sun. This interest developed into a number of music theatre or chamber opera works: The Songs of the Claypeople for Impact Theatre and The Uranium Miners Radio Orchestra Play Scene's From Salome's Revenge for Royal Opera House's Garden Venture. In 1991 The National Theatre Studio commissioned Baby Doll, a chamber opera for 3 voices, adapted from a Tennessee Williams' screen play and in 1996 the composer wrote and recorded Ophelia/Ophelia.

In the 1990s a renewed interest in concert music produced 14 Poem and Toccatas for violin and piano, (performed at the Huddersfield Festival by Andrew Ball and Elizabeth Perry) and Ember: String Quartet for The Balanescu Quartet. Eight Movements for Piano Trio, Eleven Word Title, Sprung and Suspended and End Synch Sound (with a film) were commissioned by various chamber ensembles. In 1997 the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra commissioned Horn Horn a concerto for 2 alto saxophones and orchestra. Most recently New York pianist Jed Distler and UK based Tania Chen have performed selections from Fruits and Shavings 23 pieces for solo piano. The year 2000 saw the CD release of Time At Rest Devouring It's Secret, a studio work of 35 minutes duration which once again connects the musical techniques of the minimalist project to an image from popular culture.

Over the last two decades Poppy has worked in the studio with bands such as The The, Erasure, Nitzer Ebb as well as making theatre scores for Julia Bardsley's productions of Macbeth and Family Reunion and Kenneth Branagh's perfomance of Coriolanious. The list of choreographies provoked to make dances to Poppy's music include Ian Spink, Sally Owen, Michael Clark, Gaby Agis, Sue Davies, Linda Gaudreau, Julia Bardsley, Michael Popper, David Massingham and most recently New Yorker Heidi Latsky. He has also made music for TV and film - notably with Portugese director and producer Vitor Gonçalves - and between 1995-97 he was head of music at the National Film and TV School in the UK.
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Andrew Poppy Discography Tracks


Andrew Poppy The Beating Of Wings (Album) ZTT UK 1985 Sell This Version
Andrew Poppy Alphabed (A Mystery Dance) (Album) ZTT Europe 1987 Sell This Version
BATR CD SPIN 992 Andrew Poppy Recordings(CD, Album) Bitter + Twisted Records BATR CD SPIN 992 UK 1992 Sell This Version
IMP CD 19426 Andrew Poppy Ophelia / Ophelia(CD, Album) Impetus Records IMP CD 19426 UK 1995 Sell This Version
AG 007 CD, AG 07 CD Andrew Poppy Rude Bloom(CD, Album) Artgallery, Artgallery AG 007 CD, AG 07 CD France 1995 Sell This Version
sR:com:1CD Andrew Poppy Time At Rest Devouring Its Secret(CD, Album) souRce research sR:com:1CD UK 2000 Sell This Version
none Andrew Poppy Running Naked Through The Garment District(CDr, Album) Bitter + Twisted Records none UK 2003 Sell This Version
none Andrew Poppy Blood Sugar(CDr) Bitter + Twisted Records none UK 2003 Sell This Version
TTCD001 Claudia Brücken + Andrew Poppy Claudia Brücken + Andrew Poppy - Another Language(CD, Album) There (There) TTCD001 UK 2004 Sell This Version
Andrew Poppy …And The Shuffle Of Things (Album) Field Radio UK 2008 Sell This Version
Andrew Poppy Infernal Furniture (Album) The Tapeworm UK 2012 Sell This Version
FRCD71112 Andrew Poppy Shiny Floor Shiny Ceiling(CD, Album, Ltd) Field Radio FRCD71112 UK 2012 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Andrew Poppy The Amusement ZTT UK 1986 Sell This Version
ZTIS 200 Andrew Poppy 32 Frames / The Impossible Net(12") ZTT ZTIS 200 UK 1986 Sell This Version
FR211211 Andrew Poppy White Carol (With Erasures)(File, WAV, Single) Field Radio FR211211 UK 2011
FRSCD170912 Andrew Poppy If I Could Copy You(3xFile, MP3, Single, 192) Field Radio FRSCD170912 UK 2012


Andrew Poppy On Zang Tuum Tumb (Comp) ZTT UK 2005 Sell This Version