Composer/Violist Jessica Meyer Presents Two Premieres in NYC, 4/30
Continuing a flurry of activity, composer/violist Jessica Meyer looks ahead to two premieres in NYC. On April 30, the well-regarded new music collective counter)induction premieres Sagrada Familia at the Brooklyn Public Library. And, in her largest-scale work to date, NOVUS NY premieres Through which we flow at Trinity Church Wall Street on May 18.
Sagrada Familia is inspired by Gaudi's iconic basilica in Barcelona, while Through which we flow is based on assertions found in Masaru Emoto's book The Hidden Messages in Water, which examines spirituality and string theory/quantum mechanics. The work was commissioned by Trinity Church Wall Street as part of its "Sunken Cathedral" series. The series features diverse arrangements of Debussy's classic and haunting prelude La Cathédrale engloutie, alongside a variety of newer compositions focusing on climate change and water.
Jessica Meyer is an established violist and educator whose playing has been described as "fierce and lyrical" by the The Strad. She is a member of counter)induction, and a widely-traveled soloist. In recent years, composition has become central to her many musical endeavors. Since her 2014 solo album, Sounds of Being, Meyer has firmly established herself as a composer/violist with a unique and confident voice. Featured as part of Q2's marathon of Emerging Women Composers, current/recent commissioning projects include works for Sybarite5 (as part of its Outliers project), Sandbox Percussion, PubliQuartet, and soprano Melissa Wimbish for her Carnegie Hall debut.
This spring, Meyer has delivered four new works. In March, Amanda Gookin (PubliQuartet) closed out her Forward Music Project with Meyer's Swerve, for solo cello. San Francisco Classical Voice called the piece "a cathartic burst of energy." Also in March, Tapped into the Same Vein, for string quartet and viola, premiered in Philadelphia.