LIFI22: Jon Hopkins

Polarity (2022 UK exclusive live show)

Wednesday 21 September 2022

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Leeds International Festival of Ideas is delighted to present a 2022 UK exclusive of Jon Hopkins’s Polarity.

This not to be missed performance brings together the two disparate elements of harsh and fragile in his music and by going between the two, creates some profound moments of stillness.

Playing grand piano for parts of the show, Hopkins will be joined on stage by long-time friends – acclaimed producer and guitarist Leo Abrahams, violinist and arranger Emma Smith and cellist Daisy Vatalaro.

An electronic artist, producer and classically trained composer, Hopkins’ solo and collaborative works have received widespread acclaim, as well as Grammy, Mercury Prize and Ivor Novello nominations.

Recently cited by The New Yorker as “one of the most celebrated electronic musicians of his generation”, he initially gained exposure through his work with Brian Eno, Coldplay and King Creosote in the mid-2000s before gradually finding his voice as a solo artist.

Hopkins has forged a reputation for music which marries the dance floor to the devotional, and for live performances that are visceral, generous and charged with a rapt, sensuous beauty. His output flows from rugged techno to transcendent choral music, from solo acoustic piano to psychedelic ambient.

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  • Howard Assembly Room

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Warning: This show contains flashing lights

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Leeds International Festival of Ideas 2022

Leeds International Festival of Ideas (LIFI) is a metropolitan celebration of new ideas and innovation, which aims to introduce the brightest minds to the city and the city to the brightest minds to discuss new ideas and the world of tomorrow.

The festival, brought to the city by LeedsBID (Leeds Business Improvement District), brings renowned names, experts in their field and some of the world’s most exciting thinkers to Leeds to share thoughts and ideas through a programme of inspiring keynote talks and thought-provoking panels, with its range of speakers just as diverse as the subject matter.

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LIFI22: Jon Hopkins

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