Terry Disley was born in London. He studied Piano and
theory of music at the Salterton School of Music from the age of 9-18. He
studied piano for 12 years studying classical repertoire, as well as jazz,
composition, harmony and arranging for 10 years. In 1982 Terry and his
group Macondo received the award for Best Jazz Musician’s of the year from
the Greater London Arts Association.
He started composing at age 11 and by 13 was writing for his own
electric/acoustic chamber group. Terry has gone on to write for a multitude
of ensembles. Including string quartets, electronic contemporary dance
music, jazz big band, ambient new age music and contemporary pop songs.
In 1997 he composed the music for the motion picture ‘Monument Avenue’, a
Ted Demme film which premiered at the Sundance film festival.
He also wrote 2 compositions for the Grammy Award nominated “Back on the
Case” album by British new age jazz group Acoustic Alchemy, with whom he
toured and recorded for six years