Although we are only one month into the new year, Jessica Meyer is already preparing for two world premieres. The orchestral version of Getting Home (I Must Be…) has just received its world premiere on January 26th as Syrabite5 joined the Sinfonia Gulf Coast with conductor Demetrius Fuller. Conceived during a time of heavy travel, Meyer wrote the work “…on this particular flight from the west coast, I had a wave of anxiety pass over me as the plane took off because I really wanted to go home and get to my son Ethan…I grabbed my Expedia itinerary, flipped it over and started writing it out.” The piece was premiered alongside works by Piotr Szewczyk, Dan Visconti, and Shawn Conley. Find out more here. You can hear the chamber version of the work on Syrabite5’s new release, Outliers.
On February 24th, Meyer will travel down the east coast for the world premiere of her new work Get into the NOW, co-commissioned by PUBLIQuartet and the Washington Performing Arts at Sixth & I in Washington, D.C. Jessica describes the work in her own words, “I wanted to incorporate all the sounds I love as a string player. I was also inspired by rhythms found in funk, tango, and bluegrass music, in addition to the expressive ways of playing that are inherent to each of these genres. This piece is driven by groove, pathos, and virtuosity, with moments of improvisation allowing each member of the group to put their own personal signature on the piece.” This comes right on the heels of her performance residency in Qatar in collaboration with The Juilliard School and Nord Anglia Schools. Click here for more information about this event.
Meanwhile, make sure to listen to Jessica’s vocal ensemble piece, Ring Out, Wild Bells, written for the formidable Roomful of Teeth and premered at their June 21, 2017 concert at the Tank in Rangely, CO. The concert was included in Alex Ross’s list of Notable Performances of 2017 in The New Yorker this past December!