Sound is central in Tally’s creations. Her music is a flow of playful contrasts where a sense of humour and poetic use of sound are blended to mix. Beside writing works for contemporary music scene, she has composed music for films. In recent years, importance of orchestral music has increased in her oeuvre. Mirjam Tally is also performer of electroacoustic music: she has a duo "Unejõgi" ("Dream river") together with Estonian folk musician Meelika Hainsoo. Elements of Estonian folk music are mixed with electroacoustic sounds, with influences of minimalism, glitch, drone and electronic pop.
She has graduated from the Estonian Academy of Music as a student of Lepo Sumera in 2000. Since 2006, Tally lives on the island of Gotland, Sweden. In 2009-2010, she was Composer in Residence at Swedish Radio P2 channel. In 2017, Tally will be Composer in Residence at Studio Acusticum in Piteå, Sweden.
In 2009, Tally's orchestral work “Turbulence” was selected as one of recommended works at International Rostrum of Composers. She has received 2 prizes for her work “Turbulence” - the Composer Prize of the Estonian Music Days Festival (2007) and the small Christ Johnson Music Prize (2008) by the Royal Swedish Academy of Music.
Tally´s music has been performed in over 20 countries, including festivals Mixtur in Barcelona, Spain (2013), Dark Music Days on Iceland (2006, 2016, 2017), Summartónar on Faeroe Islands (2008, 2017), The Venice Biennale's International Festival of Contemporary Music in Italy (2008), ISCM World New Music Days in Lithuania, Sweden and Croatia (2008, 2009, 2011), Nordic Music Days on Iceland (2011, 2016), in Finland (2013), and in London (2017), Sound of Stockholm (2010-13), Svensk Musikvår (2017), Geiger festival in Gothenburg, Sweden (2012); several festivals in Estonia.
Collaborations: Nordic Affect (Iceland), John Storgårds and Lapland Chamber Orchestra (Finland), BIT20 Ensemble (Norway), Altera Veritas, Kaspars Putninsh (Latvia), UMS’n JIP (Switzerland), Marco Blaauw, New European Ensemble (The Netherlands), bassclarinetist and composer Jorge Variego (Argentina), flutist Anna Svensdotter, Swedish Radio Orchestra, Swedish Radio Choir, Eric Ericson Chamber Choir, Uppsala Chamber Orchestra, The Gothenburg Combo, trio ZilliacusPerssonRaitinen, 40f, Sonanza (Sweden) and others. She has collaborated with several musicians, choirs and orchestras from Estonia, most frequently with filmmaker Ülo Pikkov, conductor Risto Joost, flutist Monika Mattiesen and Kristi Mühling (kannel).
Turbulence (2006) for orchestra
Birds and Shadows (2008) for violin and string orchestra
Winter island (2009) for string trio or string quartet
Déja vu (2010) for kannel or harp and string orchestra
Density (2010) for orchestra
music for Ülo Pikkov's film Body Memory (2011)
New Moon Morning (2012) for flute quartet and tape
En strimma hav (2012) for mixed choir
Lament (2013) for orchestra
“Yellow Hat" (2013) soundtrack for Jesper Kurlandsky´s film of Virpi Pahkinen
“Land of tree worshippers” (2014) for mixed choir, tape and sound objects
“Warm life at the foot of the iceberg” (2014), versions for different instrumentations
Erosion (2015) for amplified cello, orchestra and electronics
Your shadow (2015) for mixed choir and tape
“Interferences” (2017) for Paezold contrabass recorder and tape; EAM versions