Live trio improvisation:
Meg Morley – piano
Sofia Vaisman Maturana – cello
Douglas Benford – harmonium/objects
Doors 3.30 | music 4pm | £5/8 cash on the door
Classically-trained from the age of two, Melbourne-born London-based musician Meg Morley was awarded Distinctions by the Australian Music Examinations Board for its Associate and Licentiate diplomas in piano before completing a Master of Music in classical performance and a Postgraduate Certificate in composition at age twenty three. During her studies she was fortunate to have performed as a soloist with the, then, Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra and to have had her first ensemble composition performed by the internationally-acclaimed Darling Downs Trio. Meg studied jazz improvisation at the Victorian College of the Arts while she was a pianist with the Australian Ballet before moving to London, in 2010, where she has worked with various international dance companies (Matthew Bourne, Pina Bausch, English National Ballet, Rambert Company, Alvin Ailey ADT). As a composer for dance she has collaborated with various amateur and professional choreographers for live performances, including a highlight, in 2019, of working with members of the award-winning musical group Kefaya and contemporary dance company International Arts Collective for an inspiring ensemble production called FREE. Since performing her first improvised score for silent film in 2016, Meg has regularly played at various international film festivals (Il Cinema Ritrovato, Netherlands Silent Film Festival, Le Giornate del Cinema Muto) and has recorded original scores for several DVD releases (including Hitchcock’s The Ring for US company Kino Lorber). She is a house pianist for the British Film Institute (at Southbank) which commissioned her, in 2018, to compose, perform and tour a score for the Meg Morley Trio to accompany several silent films starring Mabel Normand. Birmingham’s Flatpack Festival also commissioned her for a collaborative score with Derbyshire’s electronic band Haiku Salut for the 1930 German experimental silent film People on Sunday. Meg was deemed an Exceptional Talent by Arts Council England in 2018, after releasing two debut recordings: the solo piano EP, Through the Hours, and the Meg Morley Trio album, Can’t Get Started, with Richard Sadler (double bass) and Emiliano Caroselli (drums). Both releases received four-star reviews from various publications, including International Piano magazine and All About Jazz with the latter stating that “Sadler and Caroselli give her music an added depth, making this group one of the most exciting on the current UK scene”.
Santiago, Chile 1993. Graduated in Music Composition from Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, she has had several profesional premieres of her work such as: ‘Anuari’ for Orchestra at the Netzahuacoyotl hall (Mexico City, 2014) or ‘Un puro en el Bellas Artes’ for classical guitar (Valparaiso, Chile) in 2016. She has also composed for some theatre plays such as ‘Bariona, Or, The Son of Thunder’ written by Jean-Paul Sartre, and ’Alegria’ written and directed by Roxana Gomez. As a cellist, she has had formal and informal education since the age of 12, becoming familiar with various kinds of repertoire. She’s part of the London Improvisers Orchestra and has played in several improvisation gigs in London and Chile. She has recently finished her Master in Music Composition at King’s College of London and continues with her PhD studies. Sofia is also a regular contributor to the Lonely Impulse Collective.
Douglas Benford, composer and sound artist, has been involved in various audio genres and monikers since the late 1980s, performing at institutions in the UK (Bristol’s Arnolfini, London’s Science Museum, Tate Modern, The Roundhouse, ICA and Glasgow’s CCA), festivals worldwide (Mutek, Synch, Transmediale) and has had installation work in numerous UK galleries (London, Swansea, Stroud and Essex). His pieces and performances have been aired on the radio internationally, and regularly on BBC Radio 3’s Freeness programme and the Ambrosia Rasputin show on Resonance FM. After numerous electronica releases and activity in the 90s and 2000s, he now plays using acoustic sources (eg harmonium, toys, objects) with the London Improvisers Orchestra and Confront Recordings / Mark Wastell’s The Seen collective, as well as being a regular contributor to the Lonely Impulse Collective. His collaborators include Alan Wilkinson, Dominic Lash, Blanca Regina, poet Tamar Yoseloff, Angharad Davies, sculptor Rob Olins, Matt Atkins, Lina Lapelyte, Marjolaine Charbin, Sylvia Hallett, Steve Beresford, Hannah Marshall, Adam Bohman, Clive Bell, John Edwards, Jennifer Allum, Emily Shapiro and Sue Lynch.