Composer/producer Andrew Poppy launches his new Sustaining Ensemble with rare live dates in London, Oxford and Birmingham, performing music from the acclaimed album, ‘and the Shuffle of Things’.
Poppy is an eclectic post modern artist whose music has been compared to Cabaret Voltaire and Philip Glass, Kraftwerk and John Cage, Underworld and John Adams. Moving between the studio and the concert hall, he treads a path between downtempo electronica and the minimalist classical works for orchestra that shot him to notoriety more than 20 year ago.
The start of a new, ongoing live project, the Staining The Silence tour draws together various aspects of Poppy’s previous live outings – from the BBC Concert Orchestra’s performance of his work (alongside Gavin Bryars, Michael Nyman and John Tavener) at the Royal Festival Hall – to last year’s solo mixture of spoken word, electronics, video and piano minimalism at the Chelsea Theatre, described by James Tilston as:
“A remarkable collaboration between musical composition and visual impulses that needs to be experienced by as broad an audience as possible.”
The Sustaining Ensemble features Kate Halsall (keyboards and piano), Andrew Poppy (piano, keyboards, bass guitar, voice), Jez Wiles (vibraphone and percussion), Genevieve Wilkins (marimba and cajon) and Julia Bardsley (video). Watch highlights of the Chelsea Theater performance at:
03 December 2009: The North Wall, Oxford
for Oxford Contemporary Music
14 December 2009: Conservatoire, Birmingham
for Frontiers Contemporary Music Series (www.conservatoire.bcu.ac.uk , www.bcu.ac.uk/events/125)