Artist: Jessica Meyer
With playing that is “fierce and lyrical” and works that are “other-worldly” (The Strad) and “evocative” (New York Times), Jessica Meyer is a versatile composer and violist whose passionate musicianship radiates accessibility, generosity, and emotional clarity. Of her recent appearance at The TANK Center for Sonic Arts, where she wrote a solo piece on site for this destination concert venue that boasts a 20-second reverb, Alex Ross of the New Yorker says, “Meyer’s fierce-edged playing activated the Tank’s awe-inspiring properties.” As a solo performer, Ms. Meyer uses a single simple loop pedal to create a virtuosic orchestral experience with her viola, voice, and hand percussion. Her solo show has been featured at iconic venues such as BAMcafé and Joe’s Pub in NYC, the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, and in Paris at Sunset Sunside.
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 include performances by the Grammy-winning vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth, cellist Amanda Gookin for her Forward Music Project at National Sawdust, soprano Melissa Wimbish for her Carnegie Hall debut, Sybarite 5, PUBLIQuartet, NOVUS NY of Trinity Wall Street under the direction of Julian Wachner, and a work for A Far Cry commissioned by the Isabella Gardner Museum in Boston. Upcoming commissions include works for flutist Allison Loggins-Hull for her “Diametrically Composed” project, the Lorelei Ensemble, Sandbox Percussion with vocal duo Two Cities, and a project with the Historical Performance Program at The Juilliard School that also includes composers Reena Esmail, Colin Jacobsen, Tania León, Nico Muhly, Paola Prestini, and Caroline Shaw.
- Bronx, NY
- Debut solo Album “Sounds of Being”Eric Moe’s “Uncanny Affable Machines”counter)induction’s “Group Theory”Ryan Streber’s “Concentric”
2017 – PUBLIQuartet Public Access Commissioning Prizewinner
2015 – JFund Commissioning Prize (American Composers Forum with Funds provided by the Jerome Foundation)
MM in Viola Performance