Frances Shelley is a composer / improvisor / pianist based in East Anglia in the UK. Classically trained on piano, she makes music by mixing piano with electronic and acoustic sound.
Her focus is on composing contemporary classical piano and electronic music for publishing, sync and live performance. She has a special interest in realtime live improvisation, investigating the moment of creation, when the artist responds in the moment, before the intellect gets involved. Her first album Interiors was released in 2005, a deeply absorbing work influenced by the extraordinary 12 Century former monastery that has become her home butleypriory.co.uk. This was followed in 2010 by her second album Wilderness Rhapsodies; this time she builds on the idea of reflecting her surroundings by taking the listener outside to the bleak Suffolk landscape in winter. The music is again piano based, but more developed and considered, with the addition of electronic and manipulated sounds.
Recent commissions include collaborations with visual artists at the Nevill Keating gallery in London, De La Warr gallery in Sussex, the Aldeburgh Beach Lookout tower, and The National Trust's Sutton Hoo site. My installation with Matthew and Pauline Bickerton, involving a solar powered grand piano, several computers and three 15-foot-high tree sculptures on Aldeburgh beach can be seen here: www.seatrees.uk. She is currently working as one half 'Pianofield' - an electronic ensemble using soundscape samples and keyboards. They developed the 'solar powered grand piano' and have appeared at festivals throughout the country this year.
Frances is currently working on a third solo album as well as developing new work with Pianofield. In 2017 she was listed by www.shesaid.so on their alternative 100 music power list. She is represented for commercially by JPM Music
Work In Progress