With playing that is “fierce and lyrical”, Jessica Meyer is a GRAMMY® – nominated 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. In 2021-22, she will premiere her own viola concerto, “GAEA”, with the League of Composers Orchestra in Miller Theatre.
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.
In a new evening-length show to be premiered in 2021-2022, Jessica partners with choreographer & dancer Caroline Fermin to create “And She,” a 21st Century take on Greco-Roman classical drama where song, dance, poetry, symbolic staging, and audience participation creates a visceral evening of storytelling. Woven throughout will be the vivid poetry of four acclaimed, living women poets – Laura Kasischke, Alicia Jo Rabins, Jennifer Beattie, and Lucy Anderton – in order to explore two universal experiences: the joys and heartaches of love, and the death of a parent.
As a 20-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.