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Current release:

Shiny Floor Shiny Ceiling 

(CD & digital Album)



From Erasure to contemporary classical music: Andrew Poppy defines the term eclectic post-modern artist on Red Bull Music Academy Radio. Listen

Andrew Poppy

Shiny Floor Shiny Ceiling 

(Field Radio Recordings / 17 November 2012)

9 songs in search of a territory. 7 voices in search of a song.

Mixed by Paul Humphreys (OMD - Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark)

Featuring Claudia Brücken (Propaganda), classical star James Gilchrist, contempoary Fado singer Lula Pena and other guests.

"Bewitching, beautifully crafted and highly addictive!”  (The Wire)

Field Radio Recordings is proud to announce the new album from Andrew Poppy, veteran of legendary 80’s record label ZTT and leading minimalist composer.

On Shiny Floor Shiny Ceiling, Poppy creates a shifting world of shadows, a multi-layered collection of songs, whispers & spoken word, starting with the voice and unraveling into an epic sonic and cinematic landscape. True to Poppy’s unique body of past work, the album attempts a negotiation between diverse musical genres such as electro pop, classical Lieder, contemporary fado, opera, rap and blues.

The staging of the musical voice has been a continuing thread in Andrew Poppy’s work. In his own words, his album is “about different voices coming out of the dark, a series of songs and narrations”. Using different modes of musical performance, Shiny Floor Shiny Ceilings grows from a feeling: the purgatory of premonition. And! What will happen next…


Conjuring guests and extraordinary singing voices from his musical imagination, the album features guest appearances by Claudia Brücken (electro-pop diva of Propaganda fame), James Gilchrist (classical tenor and star of Schubert’s Winterreise), unique Argentinean tango singer Guillermo Rozenthuler, Margaret Cameron (last heard in Nixon In China by John Adams) and the contemporary Portuguese voices of Lula Pena and Bernardo Devlin.


The album release is preceded by the single If I Could Copy You, featuring a video by long term Poppy collaborator Julia Bardsley.




ANDREW POPPY (1954) is a composer and musician. His early musical life included playing bass guitar in an improvising rock band, playing Bartok and Debussy on the piano and making music concrete with his father’s tape recorder. He went to study music at Kingsway’s College and Goldsmiths College, London University, graduating in 1979. 


During the 1970s he developed a strong interest in contemporary American composers Cage, Feldman, Riley, Glass and Reich, attended a summer school with John Cage and Merc Cunningham and played in an ensemble with Christian Wolff. 


In the early 1980’s he was an accompanist at the Laban Centre for Dance and pianist and composer with The Lost Jockey, a large ensemble playing pulse based music that became known as Minimalism.


Particularly interested in the creative part recording plays in the music of today Poppy moves between conventionally notated scores and studio work influenced by pop production. He was signed as a contemporary composer and recording artist to Trevor Horn and Paul Morley’s Zang Tumb Tuum Records (ZTT) in 1984. His first CD The Beating of Wings includes performances of 32 Frames for Orchestra and Cadenza for piano and electric piano and was released in 1985. This was followed in 1987 by Alphabed which featured the Firelight music computer, the first Akai samplers and vocal performances from Annette Peacock.


After ZTT Poppy continued to record for independent labels: Recordings, includes 14 Poems and Toccatas for violin and piano performed by Elisabeth Perry and Andrew Ball and premiered by them at the Huddersfield Festival.Ophelia/Ophelia, a chamber opera was selected by ISCM for the world music days in Denmark. Rude Bloom contains two contemporary dance scores (for Siobhan Davies/ Linda Gaudreau). Time at Rest Devouring its Secret an electro acoustic installation premiered at NRLA and Tramway. Recently ZTT Records have released a 3 CD box set containing all Poppy’s recordings for the label during the 80’s and including an unreleased album Under The Son


An experimental music theatre, often based on the composer’s own texts has been part of his creative initiative. Songs of the Clay People was a collaboration with Impact Theatre in 1983. There are also three chamber operas The Uranium Miners (ROH Garden Venture) Baby Doll (NTS/Cottesloe) Ophelia Ophelia(ISCM). An oratorio Something In The Air (Levitation And Fall) was commissioned by the Estonian National Male Choir conducted by Kaspars Putnins premiered in Tallinn in January 2006. 


Since 1989 he has developed a collaborative partnership with visual and theatre artist Julia Bardsley Projects include Avalanche Thoughts a multimedia work premiered in New York in 2002 and more recently Improvements on Nature was commissioned by the Sacred Festival at Chelsea Theatre London.


Concert works include Horn Horn, a double saxophone concerto for John Harle and Simon Haram commissioned by The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Last Light recorded by The Smith Quartet, Revolution No 8: Airport for Joseph Beuys for orchestra and electronic delays. More Matter Lesspremiered by Noszferatu at the Cheltenham Festival 2003


His unusual body of work constantly explores different musical contexts There are scores for theatre, film & video, contemporary dance and art installation; writing collaborations and arrangement for industrial rock and synth pop artist including Psych TV, Erasure, Claudia Brucken and Bernardo Devlin 


Recent concert commissions include for Darwin’s Sin Draw a violin concerto for Darragh Morgan and The Crash Ensemble, Hatch for The Smith String Quartet, Playing the Pulse for CoMA ensemble,Periscope for prepared piano for pianist Mary Dullea, Hoarding Flapfor harpsichordist Jane Chapman, Definitely Disco commissioned by The London International String Quartet Festival as a competition test piece. BBC Concert Orchestra recently played 32 Frames for orchestra. In 2011 Andrew performer live dub mix with the orchestra in Revolution Number 8 Airport for Joseph Beuys at the QEH in London.


Andrew Poppy also performs: solo, with electronics and with his own ensemble of various combinations. Its most recent form, The Sustaining Ensemble have completed UK tour dates in 2010 with music from the CD ‘…and the Shuffle of Things’ . In 2012 Andrew has presented a new work for voice called Shiny Floor Shiny Ceiling previewed at Chelsea theatre. 

CD and further performances in the autumn.