Performer

  • “Most notable of all, though, is Meyer’s bravura playing…”

    The Strad

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 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.

In her new show to be premiered at the Tribeca New Music Festival in April 2020 titled “And She”, Jessica partners with dancer Caroline Fermin while taking the vivid poetry of four acclaimed, living women poets in order to explore two universal experiences – the joys and heartaches of love, and the death of a parent.

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.

The Strad

Meyer’s fierce-edged playing activated the Tank’s awe-inspiring properties.

Alex Ross, The New YorkerRead review

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.

Second Inversion, Album of the WeekRead review...

an intriguingly vivid new solo electroacoustic album…Meyer often creates the effect of a one-woman orchestra…

Lucid CultureRead review...

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.

I Care If You ListenRead review...
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