John Lely is a composer, musician and curator interested in the variety of sounds, correspondences and experiences that can arise through the use of limited materials. Recent works composed for Erik Carlson, Michael Duch, Mira Benjamin, Tre Voci Cello Ensemble and Philip Thomas. Formative and ongoing collaborations with John Tilbury, Apartment House, Bozzini Quartet and edges. Notable recordings: The Harmonics of Real Strings with Anton Lukoszevieze, cello, Seaside with Dirar Kalash and John Tilbury (both on Another Timbre). He is co-author, with James Saunders, of Word Events: Perspectives on Verbal Notation (Continuum/Bloomsbury 2012), a book about text scores.
Since 2005 he has co-curated Music We'd Like to Hear, a concert series described by TEMPO as 'an oasis of thoughtful and idealistic music-making'.