With playing that is “fierce and lyrical”, Jessica Meyer is a violist who is known for her expressive “bravura playing” (The Strad). Equally at home with many other styles of music and an ardent collaborator, Jessica can regularly be seen performing on Baroque viola, improvising with jazz musicians, playing chamber music, or collaborating with other composer-performers. As a longtime member of counter)induction and featured guest of many different ensembles, she has premiered and performed many works for solo viola. Meyer is also known for her unique one-woman shows (live or livestream), where she uses a single simple loop pedal to create a virtuosic orchestral experience with her viola and voice. Drawing from wide-ranging influences which include Bach, Brahms, Delta blues, Flamenco, Indian Raga, and Appalachian fiddling, she takes audience members on a journey through joy, anxiety, anger, bliss, torment, loneliness and passion. Her solo shows have been featured at iconic venues such as BAMcafé, Joe’s Pub, and Symphony Space in NYC, the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, in Paris at Sunset Sunside, in addition to venues in Singapore, Switzerland, Vietnam, the Emirates and beyond.
Highlights this season include the premiere of her own viola concerto, “GAEA”, with the League of Composers Orchestra, solo and chamber performances at the Moab Music Festival, and a new work written for herself alongside the Hausmann Quartet in San Francisco.
As a 25-year veteran Teaching Artist that has worked for Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and The Juilliard School, she is also able to connect with audiences of any background by talking to them about what events or ideas inspired each piece in an engaging way during interactive performances.
Meyer’s fierce-edged playing activated the Tank’s awe-inspiring properties.
Most notable of all, though, is Meyer’s bravura playing…..is by turns fierce and lyrical.
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.
(Album Ring Out) In which supremely talented violist Meyer reveals herself as a delightfully varied, and emotionally connected, composer…. if you listen to Ring Out you’ll likely be waiting with bated breath for more.