Join us for an intimate solo concert with Poppy Ackroyd.
A classically trained pianist, violinist, producer, and composer, Ackroyd first gained attention in the neo-classical world with her solo works Escapement and Feathers, as well as her involvement in Hidden Orchestra (Tru Thoughts). In February 2018, the post-classical musician released her first solo full-length album, Resolve, with One Little Indian (Björk’s label).
In her words:
“Resolve is about the determination to embrace the good things in life whilst dealing with unexpected and challenging difficulties. Finding the light in the dark, facing sadness and loss head on, and developing a growing inner strength.”
Ackroyd creates percussive textures from traditional classical instruments, and the result is almost the emulation of an entire orchestra, using very few instruments combined with the artist’s incredible production skills. The artist works by recording improvised contemporary classical piano motifs and then rearranging and manipulating these sounds digitally. The result is a fantastic fusion of acoustic and electronic in a post-classical setting.
With bespoke visuals from Tom Newell.
"Resolve puts her comfortably on par with neo-classical giants Nils Frahm, Max Richter and Hauschka.”
“Occupying a space somewhere between Nils Frahm and warped electronic composer Anna Meredith.”
“Poppy Ackroyd can conjure whole worlds of sound out of the barest essentials.”
“…a neo-classical force to be reckoned with.”
Support from Mara Simpson
Mara Simpson is a British musician and story-teller, currently based in Brighton. Through her songs and collaborations with artists (Poppy Ackroyd, Jools Owen), visual artists (Becky Lu, Gudrun Olsen) and local communities, she draws together the sublime and ridiculous from our everyday into her music.
Growing up on a Hertfordshire cul-de-sac then flying back ‘home’ to Kenya where her parents were born, shaped in Mara the traveller, the outsider and the romantic, that have become hallmarks of her music.
Mara is classically trained in composition, piano and guitar as well as fine art. She has performed over 300 shows, both on festival stages and intimate concerts, most recent stages include Fusion (Germany), Kaltern Pop (Italy), Together the People (UK) and Sazavafest (Czech). A born storyteller, Mara’s music will resonate with fans of Patti Smith, Laurie Lee, Patrick Watson and This is The Kit. Mara paints a beautifully rich soundscape, setting the scene as she takes her audience on a journey with her, through the beauty of every day to the magic of remarkable.
Guests with Mobility Impairments
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Box Office Opening Times
The box office (phone line and drop-in service) is open from 10am to 4pm, Mondays to Fridays. The box office is also open one hour before the advertised show start time.
There are some changes to train services on this day due to the Brighton Main Line Improvement Project, which will affect passengers travelling to and from Falmer. If you are travelling to this event by train please check your travel details in advance, and allow for a longer journey time.
Dates & Times
Friday 22 February, 20198:00pm