Thursday, June 14th
Jessica Meyer will perform favorite moments from seminal works by Clarke, Brahms, and Bach to honor her trajectory from being solely a violist to a sought-after performer and composer. The centerpiece of the program will include works she has written for viola and piano and viola alone without the loop pedal she usually performs with as a soloist – including a brand new work yet to be written. The program ends with Hindemith’s gorgeous and powerful Sonata Op. 11 # 4 in its entirety as a tribute to the many violist/composers who have established themselves as innovative and creative forces.
Ms. Meyer’s solo show has been featured at iconic venues such as BAMcafé and Joe’s Pub in NYC, the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, and in Paris at Sunset Sunside. She is also committed to creating site-specific solo performances inspired by intriguing acoustical spaces, historic places, galleries of visual art, and unlikely concert venues that can provide a rich narrative context in relation to the surrounding community. Of her recent appearance at The TANK Center for Sonic Arts, where she wrote a solo piece on site for this destination concert venue that boasts a 20-second reverb, Alex Ross of the New Yorker said, “Meyer’s fierce-edged playing activated the Tank’s awe-inspiring properties.” Equally at home with many different styles of music, Jessica can regularly be seen performing on Baroque viola, improvising with jazz musicians, or collaborating with other performer/composers.
Trudy Chan has been an active keyboard player since moving to New York City from Hong Kong in 2002. With the Cheah Chan Duo which she formed with vocalist Phillip Cheah in 2009, she has performed at various venues in New York City such as the Church of St. Luke in the Fields, National Opera Center, The DiMenna Center for Performing Arts, Tenri Cultural Institute, the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia, and at the Victoria Theatre in Singapore. Before emigrating to the United States, Trudy was staff accompanist for the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and performed with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta as well as for Radio/TV HK. She additionally spent five summers performing at Italy’s Orvieto Musica Festival. When she is not performing, Trudy runs her boutique company, Black Tea Music, working with composers and new music performing artists.
*This concert is part of Ms Meyer’s monthly series which is running through July, 2018.*
ABOUT THE SERIES
Longtime New Yorker and contemporary music advocate Jessica Meyer curates a series of virtuosic concerts showcasing innovative string playing by sought-after classical musicians who also champion works by living composers.
All concerts are at 8pm, and tickets are $20 (which include free wine).