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Nick Meryhew

Chicago, IL

Nick Meryhew is a Chicago-based trombonist, euphonium player, performance artist and improviser with particular interest in new music. Nick has performed with such ensembles as Ensemble dal niente, the Chicago Composers Orchestra, Third Coast Percussion, and Mocrep (for which he is an administrator and co-founder), as well as collaborating with local artists such as Eric Hollander, Shawn Lucas, Zach Moore, Rob Kelsey and Lia Kohl.

As a performer with Mocrep, currently in its third season, Nick has given U.S. premieres of works by Johannes Kreidler, Mathias Kranebitter, Malin Bang, Peter Ablinger, and Jennifer Walshe.  He has also given world premieres of works by D. Edward Davis, Jenna Lyle, Dai Fujikura, Owen Davis, Zach Moore, and Moses Aguilar, as well as many other Chicago premieres.

Nick has participated in the New England Conservatory’s Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice (2014), in which he performed works by John Cage, Louis Andriessen, Christian Wolff. Additionally, Nick has participated in the Montreal Contemporary Music Lab 2015 (LMCML), where he gave premieres of works by Luis Fernando Sanchez Gooding and Wei Yang.

An active improviser, Nick has performed alongside such musicians as Ryan Packard, Albert Wildeman, Peter Maunu, Carol Genetti, Jessica Aszodi, Jenna Lyle and Eli Namay.

Nick did his undergraduate studies in trombone performance at DePaul University, studying under Mark Fisher of the Lyric Opera and Charles Vernon of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Former teachers include Alex Wolff (Copper Street Brass Quintet) and Tom Ashworth (St. Paul Chamber Orchestra). He has also participated in a masterclass with Jorgen van Rijen, principal trombonist of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.

Future plans include collaboration with Chicago based comic book artist Rob Kelsey, the commissioning of six new works by Chicago composers, and involvement with Mocrep in the Summer Course for New Music Darmstadt as one of three young ensembles invited to participate.

pack the box (with five dozen of your liquor jugs) by Mathias Kranebitter

pack the box (with five dozen of your liquor jugs) by Mathias Kranebitter –
Performed by Mocrep

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Verlorener Weg (Version 2) by Mathias Spahlinger

Verlorener Weg (Version 2) by Mathias Spahlinger – Performed by Ensemble Dal Niente

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Improvisation – Namay/Genetti/Good/Meryhew

Improvisation performed by Eli Namay on double bass, Carol Genetti on voice, Zach Good on clarinet, Nick Meryhew on trombone

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