Most notable of all, though, is Meyer’s bravura playing…..is by turns fierce and lyrical.
‘Forgiveness’ for bass clarinet and loop pedal, by Jessica Meyer…made the strongest impact. In this work, the loop pedal records and repeats sounds from both the musician and his instrument, resulting here in an evocative dialogue. Mr. Fingland’s deep breaths and sighs became a backdrop for long, sustained notes, the plaintive clarinet utterances unfolding over what sounded like a chorus of gentle sobs. The klezmer-tinged line increased to what seemed like a frantic plea for forgiveness — a multilayered journey through grief, anger and catharsis.
Meyer is a talented composer….reaching for something new and unknown.
A world premiere of “The Last Rose,” by Jessica Meyer (b. 1974) who was in the audience, reached one of the evening’s high points. The fearless doubler, soprano/cellist Sarah Brailey made of it something truly affecting. Its text, “Tis the Last Rose of Summer,” by Thomas Merton, was illustrated cleverly by the cello.
A world-premiere ensued; how many times do you encounter that at an art song recital?… Ms. Meyer uses both extended and traditional techniques in her music, drawing on her years of experience as a professional violist. The most haunting of these, for me, was her gentle drumming on her instrument…
The pieces were colorful, and the contemporary twists of music with Shakespeare’s words showed their timelessness.
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.
…two of the festival’s most alluring programs are recitals by string players who also compose.
Mr. Boyce composed “Deixo | Sonata” (2009) for the ensemble’s violist Jessica Meyer… Ms. Meyer and Mr. Beck played the piece with the kind of polish, focus and excitement that you would expect in a firmly settled repertory piece.
Jessica Meyer… gave a focused, beautifully centered account of Krzysztof Penderecki’s unaccompanied Cadenza.
Violist Jessica Meyer…brought out the colourful palette and visceral energy of Moto Osada’s Kaguyama Dance.