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 and were developed then recorded in London on a 'Steinway Model D' at Master Chord Studios in North Finchley.
Until August 2017, Meg was a full-time pianist with English National Ballet School and currently works extensively with UK ballet and contemporary dance companies (Rambert, Royal Ballet, Matthew Bourne, English National Ballet).
Morley's skills as an improviser and jazz pianist have inspired collaborations and performances with UK musicians, such as Louise Bartle from Bloc Party and jazz singer Tina May, and with international film festivals and film events. She is a resident silent film accompanist for the London Cinema Museum (Kennington Bioscope) and last year performed at the 35th Pordenone Silent Film Festival in Italy.
Her recent work as a composer involved collaborating with Al MacSween (from Kefaya) to create and perform a 30-minute composition for London Contemporary Ballet Theatre's world premiere performance of Human?.
These varied musical experiences have informed Meg's skills as an improvising musician and have influenced the compositional style found on Through the hours.
The launch of Through the hours was held at London's 1901 Arts Club and also previewed the Meg Morley Trio and compositions from their debut album, which was released in July 2017 (and will be launched at The Vortex jazz club February 23 2018).
"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