Jessica Meyer | Sounds of Being

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Sounds of Being

by Jessica Meyer

Turning her viola into an entire orchestra of emotion with her unique use of a single looping pedal, Meyer writes virtuosic and soulful music that embodies different states of being: joy, anxiety, anger, bliss, torment, loneliness and passion.
Genre: Classical: Programmatic music
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  Song Share Time Download
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1. Getting Home (I Must Be...)
3:39 album only
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2. Hello
4:51 album only
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3. Into the Vortex
3:35 album only
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4. Afflicted Mantra
7:52 album only
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5. Source of Joy
3:26 album only
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6. Touch
8:21 album only
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7. Duende
7:33 album only
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
My music is inspired by sounds I have either performed over the years as a classically-trained violist or listened to while driving my car – from Bach, Brahms, and Blues, to Flamenco, Indian Raga, and Appalachian fiddling.

I love performing fragile timbres, wailing gestures, and percussive grooves to make my instrument sound like a drum, an electric guitar, an Indian sarangi, or an extension of my own voice. My Boss RC-20XL Loop Station Pedal helps me combine all of my ideas to create music that explores the following question:

“How can certain sounds convey a specific emotional experience?”

1. Getting Home (I Must Be…) 3:39

I was on a plane ride home, eager to see my son. An anxious rhythm popped into my head, and I used the back of my itinerary to write 90% of the piece while humming furiously in the middle seat.

2. Hello 4:51

This is that warm and fuzzy feeling you have when you’re spending time with a person and they move from just being an acquaintance to something more meaningful. Nothing is particularly said, but the connection is clearly felt.

3. Into the Vortex 3:35

You know that moment when a person, place, thing, or bad habit just sucks you right in? You know it's not good for you – but then you do it anyway. This “bluegrass-meets-death-metal” piece is about the anger you feel because you let it happen again…and you should have known better.

4. Afflicted Mantra 7:52

Like many other artists, writers, and creative people, I am prone to obsessive thinking. Sometimes this can work in your favor while you focus your energy on a project or future goals. But other times, it can be the very root of your undoing. The problem is not what's actually happening to you, but more about the things you do or say to yourself. When I become overwhelmed, I often turn to yoga and the Hindu devotional music that inspired this piece.

5. Source of Joy 3:26

Here I play with the kinds of sounds that go against the typical "viola" stereotype: instead of its moody and dark persona, the instrument is transformed into a lighter version of itself to capture fleeting moments of pure happiness.

6. Touch 8:21

It is said that for babies who are born early, those who are picked up and touched are the ones who thrive and develop the fastest. As we get older, touch means different things to different people at different times. This piece strives to illuminate what happens inside your body on a cellular level when this basic human need is met.

7. Duende 7:33

“Duende” is a concept the poet Lorca wrote about – the moment when someone is inhabited by a mysterious and powerful force that everyone around them can feel, but no one can explain. This last piece is the quest for that moment; when the spirits rise up from the soles of your feet, and you don’t give a damn about anything anymore…and you just play.

Many thanks to my family, friends, and colleagues for your support, especially since moments spent with you are embedded within this music. Most of all, my deepest thanks to Ben and Ethan: you help me become a better version of myself every single day, and I am grateful.

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Known for her “polish, focus, and excitement” and “expressive, luscious sound” (The New York Times), violist and composer Jessica Meyer is a versatile musician who has been featured as a soloist and an ensemble player throughout the world. As a soloist, Jessica has premiered pieces for solo viola around the country, and is committed to expanding the repertoire for viola by commissioning new works while also composing her own. Please visit www.jessicameyermusic.com for more information.

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