PRESS RELEASE - DEBUT solo EP
Australian-born pianist Meg Morley released her debut solo piano EP, Through the hours, in March 2017. The original compositions featured are inspired by her time living in London and draw on her training as both a classical and an improvising pianist.
The pianism ranges from poetic to powerful and displays virtuosic moments within an improvisatory style that utilises the harmonic voicings and sensibilities of contemporary jazz. A broad emotional palette and an array of tonal colour are used throughout and the title track evokes a haunting sketch of a famous London landmark.
The pieces were composed and performed for an Australian tour in 2015 then developed and recorded in London on a 'Steinway Model D' at Master Chord Studios in North Finchley.
Meg works extensively with UK ballet and contemporary dance companies (Ballet Rambert, Royal Ballet, Matthew Bourne, English National Ballet) as well as composing and performing live improvised scores for silent film (British Film Institute, Le Giornate del Cinema Muto, Nederlands Silent Film Festival, Flatpack Festival) and was deemed an Exceptional Talent by Arts Council, in 2017, after her second original release: a trio album with Richard Sadler (double bass) and Emiliano Caroselli (on drums).
Meg’s varied musical experiences have informed her skills as an improvising musician and have influenced the compositional style found on Through the hours.
"A beautiful collection of melodically driven solo piano pieces - each one starting down a path that you think you know the end of, but then twisting into new and unexpected areas. Subtle voicings and elegant turns of phrase make this EP a really absorbing listen."
- UK Mercury Award nominee Kit Downes
"A remarkable set of pieces. The sophisticated approach to instrumental sound draws the listener in immediately, and the sense of voicing creates a sound-world that is seductive and involving. The careful management and manipulation of motivic material throughout is evidence of a serious musical intelligence and of an artist who is determined to make truly original work"
- Australian pianist-composer Dr Timothy Stevens