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Introducing
SCORES FOR LIFE

I create music that amplifies the emotional world of stories, situations, and spaces. My music has taken me to clubs, concert halls, and music festivals all over the world; and yet I find the deepest satisfaction improvising on the piano while a friend tells a story or dances, or composing music that will deepen the emotion of a recorded hospice interview or a home video. Below are some recorded examples of my work.

For more information, to collaborate, or to submit materials for scoring, contact me at: wellshanley@gmail.com

SCORES FOR LIFE
Recent Work

ARCHIVAL FAMILY FOOTAGE

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This is an interview in which a high school girl and her aging grandmother discuss life, love, and family.  The source was an old cassette discovered in an attic nearly thirty years after the interview took place.  My process of scoring this beautiful piece is described in detail here.

REAL JAIL STORIES

Rachel Pater of Richmond Story House goes into the jails and works with inmates on their stories. I was fortunate to get to score some of them. This is a piano improvisation which I created in real time while listening to Shatema’s moving reflection on the idea of “moving on”.

NATURE INSPIRATIONS

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I have always been deeply moved by the sounds of nature.  I find it centering to improvise on the piano while listening to nature sounds, and the field recordings by my friend Matt Wyatt have been an inspiring source for these impromptu scores.  This one features a meadow on a late spring morning.

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NEW MUSIC

Outside Inside 
Solo Piano Album
Coming 2020