We spoke to multi-instrumentalist and composer Anna Morley. She’s heading back to our shores this month for a show in Melbourne.
You’re currently based in Berlin. What inspired the move overseas? And how’s Berlin life treating you? I’ve lived in Europe for around 10 years and in Berlin for the past two and a half. It’s an incredibly inspiring city for artists, there’s just so much happening and the people are very open minded. I feel that right now it’s the best and most progressive place for my musical direction.
Your last album Water Door was released in 2013, are you working on any new material? Yes, over the past year I wrote new collection of pieces and am looking forward to recording them in Berlin later this year. I am already performing a couple of these pieces, testing them out so to speak, and am happy with the they are sounding.
Can you talk us through your live set up? Do you play solo or with a band? My live set is based around the sounds of the vibraphone, keyboard, vocals and pre-recorded beats and samples which I trigger through Ableton Live. The result is a mix of acoustic and electronic elements which I try to blend in a way that highlights melody, harmony and texture. I like to keep my set-up as flexible and evolving as possible, either performing with another musician or in a band, but right now I’m enjoying the challenge of performing solo.
Do you have any favourite Melbourne acts? When I think of Melbourne I think of musicians like Paul Kelly, Dirty Three and Nick Cave. Also in the classical scene where I studied, there are many musicians who continue to inspire me such as my former percussion teacher Peter Neville.
And favourite Melbourne venues? I love The Espy, the Evelyn, Bar Open.. I have great memories of watching gigs there and soaking up Melbourne’s vibrant music scene.
You’re heading back to Melbourne to play a show at the Grace Darling on Wednesday January 28th. What can people expect from the night? Yes! I’m very excited to play here. I’ll be supported by eclectic local acts Amber Isles and Frieda Le Bjorn. The night will be a colourful journey into instrumental, dream-like states. I’m really looking forward to performing to a home crowd again.
What’s in store for 2015? Recording and producing the new album will be my priority this year. I’m also planning to play shows in Austria, the UK and other parts of Germany.
Anna Morley plays at The Grace Darling on Wednesday January 28th with Amber Isles and Frieda Le Bjorn. Doors 8pm, tickets $10. Further details here.
(Photo by Marie Chatard)