Equally at home with many other styles of music, Jessica can regularly be seen performing on Baroque viola, improvising with jazz musicians, playing chamber music, or collaborating with other performer/composers.
However, Meyer is most passionate about her unique one-woman shows, where she uses a single simple loop pedal to create a virtuosic orchestral experience with her viola, voice, and hand percussion.
Drawing from wide-ranging influences which include Bach, Brahms, Delta blues, Flamenco, Indian Raga, and Appalachian fiddling, Meyer’s debut album Sounds of Being takes audience members on a journey through joy, anxiety, anger, bliss, torment, loneliness and passion.
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.
She is also committed to creating site-specific solo performances inspired by intriguing acoustical spaces, historic places, galleries of visual art, and unlikely concert venues that can provide a rich narrative context in relation to the surrounding community. Recent events include solo performances at the TANK in Rangely, CO and Art Space 98 to accompany a series of visual artworks by Thomas Bühler.
As a veteran Teaching Artist for Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, she is also able to connect with any audience of any background by talking to them about what events or ideas inspired each piece in an engaging way.
Most notable of all, though, is Meyer’s bravura playing…..is by turns fierce and lyrical.
Meyer’s fierce-edged playing activated the Tank’s awe-inspiring properties.
The loop pedal allows her to multiply her gorgeous, expressive tone, and the delicately layered textures blend to create an ambient one-woman orchestra. Throughout the album, her viola paints beautiful soundscapes of surprisingly varied colors and timbres.
an intriguingly vivid new solo electroacoustic album…Meyer often creates the effect of a one-woman orchestra…
Meyer’s album is a true contribution to the repertoire of programmatic music, providing a soundscape to the abstract musings we experience every day…Just as the human psyche is prone to conflict, chaos, and occasional harmony, its musical representation, envisioned by Meyer, is a resounding potpourri of styles.