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Andrew Poppy

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Andrew Poppy is a composer, pianist and music producer.

As a teenager Andrew Poppy experimented with musique concrete, played Beethoven on the piano and bass guitar in an improvising rock band before going on to study music at Goldsmith’s College.

During his time at Goldsmiths he was active as a performer organising performances of Terry Riley’s In C and other experimental works, as well as playing the piano in Webern’s Concerto and giving a solo piano performance of Glass’s Music in Fifths. His interest in an alternative contemporary music was especially stimulated by contact with American composers Christian Wolff and John Cage. On graduating in 1979 Poppy worked as an accompanist at The Laban Centre of Dance and Movement giving him an education into the world of contemporary dance.

In early 1981 Poppy became a founder member and pianist with The Lost Jockey, a large ensemble which explored in both composition and performance the pulse based 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.

Poppy’s attempt to recontextalise this music and gain access to a wider audience came in the mid 1980’s when he signed as a recording artist to Paul Morley and Trevor Horn’s ZTT Records. Enthusiastically pursuing a post minimal aesthetic in the context of a pop label he recorded 2 CDs. The first, The Beating of Wings contains 3 fully notated works (including 32 Frames for Orchestra) and Listening In a type of studio work further developed in his second CD Alphabed.

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