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Three-time Grammy Award winner Edgar Meyer has won remarkable acclaim both for his music and for the variety of his recordings & performances with everyone from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center to Garth Brooks, James Taylor, The Chieftains and Yo-Yo Ma. His latest Sony Classical CD, aptly titled Edgar Meyer, features perhaps his most demanding collaboration yet, one with himself.
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As 'Telluride Bluegrass' tunes up, Colorado Public Radio looks back at some bands that birthed the festival
On the final day of the 2014 Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Aoife O'Donovan, Sarah Jarosz and Sara Watkins found themselves singing together in a backstage bathroom at the iconic Sheridan Opera House. O'Donovan, Jarosz and Watkins already had their own established music careers before that night in Telluride. Yet they knew there was something special right away - and this impromptu set was the beginning o...
Edgar Meyer's Harris Hall recital is a high water mark for festival / Aspen Times review
Duets with his son George on violin and with the redoubtable Alisa Weilerstein on cello highlighted string bass virtuoso Edgar Meyer's recital Thursday night in Harris Hall. Both were high water marks of a concert that ranged from Bach chorales to a couple of short, fresh and distinctive works by George, all designed to put the bass on display as the opposite of its usual role as the zoom-zoom at the...
Aspen Public Radio - music festival showcase features Edgar Meyer
Lots of things happening this last week at the Aspen Music Festival! And the musicians are sometimes getting a little giddy. Bassist Edgar Meyer says when he's walking around with his instrument in its case, he sometimes sees people looking at him in a way that he knows they're about to say something stupid! And bass trombonist John Rojak has been so busy preparing for Saturday's co...
Edgar Meyer's Overture premier with JB & and the Academy opens Bravo! Vail's 30th season / Vail Daily News
Surprisingly, composer Edgar Meyer was not nervous. His new work, "Overture for Violin and Orchestra," was being played for the first time by Joshua Bell and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields on Thursday to the delight of a nearly packed house to start Bravo! Vail's 30th season. Meyer commented during intermission at Vail's opening night at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater. "We...
Ma, Thile and Meyer in perfect harmony on Bach - Trios / theguardian review
The virtuoso mandolinist and guitarist Chris Thile is that rare being: an all-round musician who can settle into any style, from bluegrass to classical. Here he has collaborated with two other consummate multitaskers, and friends, the cellist Yo-Yo Ma and bass player Edgar Meyer. It took a few tracks to get used to the clipped, precise sound of the mandolin, at times evoking lute or harpsichord, but by t...
Yo-Yo Ma, Chris Thile, Edgar Meyer - Bach Trios / popmatters review
The music of Johann Sebastian Bach is a great unifier. Regardless of musical upbringing or primary influence, it would be difficult to encounter a musician who does not in some way fall under the spell of the Baroque master's 1,000-plus compositions. Additionally, the elegant symmetry and complex-yet-accessible weaving of counterpoint and melody often makes Bach's music open to endless interpretations. B...
Christian McBride and Edgar Meyer set for Bailey Hall show / The Cornell Daily Sun
For the inaugural Cornell Concert Series performance of 2017, Grammy-winning bassists Christian McBride and Edgar Meyer will take to the stage at Bailey Hall on February 3. Although both musicians helm their respective vessels in nominally different streams, together they have created something as fresh as their foundations are solid. Where McBride is something of a musical chameleon, rooted in the backy...
Edgar Meyer and CCOHK in some double bass virtuosity / South China Morning Post
The renowned bassist is a master of genres and dips into bluegrass, jazz, blues and Hadynesque playing in a performance that outshone the orchestra. Despite the temptation to quote a retro bubblegum hit, Tuesday evening's concert at Hong Kong City Hall wasn't all about that bass. Edgar Meyer may play the largest member of the string family, but like the handful of his colleagues with successful solo care...
Edgar Meyer & Christian McBride set for Denver's Newman Center / KUVO Radio
2016 Grammy Award winner, and newly named Artistic Director of the Newport Jazz Festival, jazz bassist Christian McBride has been likened to a force of nature on stage. Genre-defying bassist Edgar Meyer has been called "the most remarkable virtuoso in the relatively unchronicled history of his instrument" (The New Yorker). These two masters have nine GRAMMY® Awards between them and are renowned and r...
Edgar Meyer set as guest soloist for MSO opener / Midland Daily News
Edgar Meyer, guest soloist for the Midland Symphony Orchestra's season-opening concert Saturday, says that not working across musical genres would be "odd." A 2002 MacArthur Fellow and winner of several Grammy Awards, Meyer will solo with the MSO on his own Double Bass Concerto No. 1 and Bottesini's Concerto No. 2 for Double Bass at the concert, which begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Midland Center for...
Edgar Meyer joins Telluride House Band to close out 43rd annual bluegrass festival / Colorado Public Radio
"The most remarkable virtuoso in the relatively unchronicled history of his instrument." That's how The New Yorker once described bassist and composer Edgar Meyer. Meyer, who won a MacArthur "Genius" Award in 2002, is back in Colorado this week for the 43rd annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival. He's played the festival since 1983 and will close out this summer's four-day event with mandolin pl...
Talking Music with Edgar Meyer at Duke University
Acclaimed bassist and composer Edgar Meyer, praised by The New Yorker as "the most remarkable virtuoso in the relatively un-chronicled history of his instrument," arrived in Durham to perform his String Quintet, encompassing bluegrass, jazz, and classical styles, as featured guest with Duke's Ciompi Quartet on their 50th Anniversary concert. The day prior, Duke...
Bach and bluegrass at the Bowl / Los Angeles Times
Bluegrass has its roots in Appalachian music. Appalachian ballads have their roots in European dance music. No composer elevated dance music to higher spiritual grounds than Bach did. For all the off-putting genrefication of music these days, this has never been an art form suitable for a silo mentality. Music's model is more the brain, with networks of neurons becoming ever more connected. Hence...
Queensland Music Festival features masterclass with Edgar Meyer / ABC - Brisbane
You hear about having a once in a lifetime opportunities, well put yourself in the shoes of a group of double bass students this morning in Brisbane. Hailed by the New Yorker as "the most remarkable virtuoso in the relatively unchronicled history of his instrument", Edgar Meyer, along with Queensland Music Festival (QMF), has offered music students a Masterclass. Meyer will lead this m...
Edgar Meyer returns to Oregon...solo@The Shedd
Edgar Meyer, the double bass virtuoso is returning to The Shedd in Eugene OR - Jaqua Concert Hall in solo recital on Wednesday March 11. The program will include 3 of Johan Sebastian Bach's six Unaccompanied Suites for Cello. In the second part of the evening, the audience will be able to hear a piece composed by Meyer that he is calling "Work in Progress. The Shedd Institute and the Univers...
Mike Marshall | Edgar Meyer play Vilar Performing Arts / Vail Daily News
Vail CO's - Vilar Performing Arts Center invites bluegrass, jazz, country and all music enthusiasts to see Mike Marshall and Edgar Meyer this Saturday March 7. Marshall and Meyer have played together for 20 years and present a n eclectice repertoire that spans pieces such as the - Bach duets and Brazilian choros to fiddle tunes and original pieces. Crossover Media has worked with ...
Chris Thile & Edgar Meyer open Univ. of British Columbia's - Chan Centre Season next month
The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at the University of British Columbia (UBC) is thrilled to open its 2014/15 Chan Centre Presents series with renowned musician/composers Chris Thile and Edgar Meyer on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 8pm in the Chan Shun Concert Hall. The award-winning MacArthur "Genius" Fellows and longtime collaborators will present a high-flying, fast-picking evening of largely o...
Chris Thile and Edgar Meyer will open 2014-15 'Stanford Live' season
Stanford Live today announced its 2014-15 season, opening Sept. 21 at Bing Concert Hall with mandolinist Chris Thile and double bassist Edgar Meyer. Each a Grammy winner, and each a MacArthur "genius" award winner, the duo are two of contemporary music's most commanding and creative instrumentalists, virtuoso improvisers and composers, equally fluent playing jazz, Bach, and Americana, as well as writing ...
Edgar Meyer joins Taylor Swift's all-star band for next month's CMA Awards
Taylor Swift has gathered an all-star band for her appearance on next month's Country Music Association Awards. Swift will be joined by bassist Edgar Meyer, as well as Alison Krauss, Vince Gill, Sam Bush, and percussionist Eric Darken for a special version of her hit song "Red." Swift has six nominations for the Nov. 6 awards. Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley will co-host the ABC broadcas...
Grammy-winning bassist and Oak Ridge own Edgar Meyer - opens Chamber Music Series
Edgar Meyer left behind a mesmerized Tennessee audience of awe-stricken new fans, and some fired up string students at his Saturday October 12 Oak Ridge Chamber Series performance. Raised in Oak Ridge, Meyer began studying bass at the age of five, first with his father and then with Stuart Sankey. He was also a piano student of Becky Ball. In 1994, Meyer received the Avery Fisher Career ...
Edgar Meyer's new Double Concerto for Violin and Double Bass opens Festival Miami's Classical season TONIGHT!!
Famed violinist Joshua Bell, is joined by composer and virtuoso bassist Edgar Meyer for Florida premiere of Meyer's Double Concerto for Violin and Double Bass TONIGHT!!! Friday October 4 with the Frost Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Thomas Sleeper. This concert event is part of Festival Miami. READ THE South Florida Classical Review PAGE...