Jessica Meyer will talk about about tapping into personal creativity and share her story about moving beyond performing and rediscovering her talent for composing. During the program, she will demonstrate the loop pedal which she uses to create new music and perform selections from her acclaimed CD Sounds of Being.
With playing that is “fierce and lyrical” and works that are “other-worldly” (The Strad) and “evocative” (The New York Times), Jessica Meyer is a versatile composer and violist whose passionate musicianship radiates accessibility, generosity, and clarity. As a soloist, Jessica has premiered pieces for solo viola around the country, and is committed to expanding the repertoire for viola by commissioning new works while also composing her own. Ms. Meyer’s compositions explore the wide palette of emotionally expressive colors available to each instrument while using traditional and extended techniques inspired by her varied experiences as a contemporary and period instrumentalist. Recent premieres included performances from Joe’s Pub and SubCulture New York City, to the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, and across the pond at Sunset Sunside in Paris. Her current solo show and “intriguingly vivid” debut solo CD, Sounds of Being, is a surround-sound sensory experience of her own compositions for viola and loop pedal where she turns her viola into an orchestra to take the audience on a journey filled with joy, anxiety, closeness, anger, bliss, torment, loneliness, and passion. Upcoming commissions include works for cellist Amanda Gookin of the Public String Quartet, the Nautilus Brass Quintet, pianist Molly Morkoski, and soprano Melissa Wimbish for her Carnegie Hall debut.
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