Annalie’s composing career began at the age of 15, when she wrote and performed the original score to the Italian art film Il Lento, a 30 minute short that was featured at the Venice Film Festival the same year.
As a teenager Annalie was bewitched by the magic of film soundtracks. Captivated by classic composers Shostakovich and Debussy, she was also very much influenced by contemporary film composers John Barry, Hans Zimmer, James Newton Howard, Angelo Badalamenti and Yann Tiersen, often spending hours at the piano working out how to play their epic scores.
Annalie began composing instrumental narratives on the piano and harp, occasionally arranging for full orchestra. Over the years she has been particularly moved to compose pieces that honour the dead. Towers was one such piece, written in the aftermath of the September 11th attacks.
Sunflowers was used in a video homage to Ai Weiwei’s famous installation of porcelain seeds at the Tate Modern gallery in London. Norwegian Skies was an improvised piece that rounded off a day of recording in Stavanger, Norway, and became part of the live album The Cold Blows.
Aside from the rich world of classical and contemporary music, Annalie has been influenced by traditional folk music, both from her own Celtic roots, and through her later love affair with the songs of Georgia in the Caucasus. On O’Connell Bridge was composed following a visit to Dublin to sing with a Georgian ensemble.
In 2008 Annalie was commissioned to compose a cycle of songs for Dorset theatre company AsOne, after leading a series of workshops with young mothers. The result, The Foetal Position, charted the development of an unborn baby from conception to birth, sung from the baby’s perspective. The song Breath on The Cold Blows album arose from this project.
As a singer-songwriter Annalie has composed, performed and co-produced three full albums, an EP and two standalone singles. The styles range from vintage rock to acoustic folk, with influences of jazz, soul and blues. For all of Annalie’s released songs, please visit the Records page.