Nationally renowned improvised and experimental music at Princeton University.
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
8:30pm / FREE / public
Café Vivian (100 Level Frist Campus Center, Princeton University)
Jessica Meyer (8:30pm)
viola, live looping
flute, piano, guitar pedals
Arena Ladridos (10:30pm)
Philadelphia / Baltimore / Austin
sax, electronics, percussion
Arena Ladridos (roughly, “Barking Sand”) is Chris Cogburn (percussion), Bonnie Jones (electronics) and Bhob Rainey (soprano sax). Their eponymous 2010 debut captures the intensity, intimacy, and adventurousness of these strong-minded musicians as they methodically bleed this music into existence.
“Arena Ladridos is an aesthetic delight, an album that invites both overwrought analysis… and passive splendor — which I recommend you experience.” – Matthew Horne, Tiny Mix Tapes
“A sand rose whose heart beats and breathes.” – Héctor Cabrero, Le Son Du Arisli
As RighteousGIRLS, flutist Gina Izzo and pianist Erika Dohi “rattle speakers and expectations with stop-time razzle, vocal (flute-talk) and electronic (phaser) effects” (NYC Jazz Record) while continually expanding their creative reach by bringing 21st century music to new audiences and commissioning works that root themselves in classical idioms but draw from other genres.
RighteousGIRLS have received awards including a 2015 New Music USA Awards Grant, 3rd place in the 2015 International Songwriting Competition for GIRLS by composer/producer Pascal Le Boeuf, and a 2014 Independent Music Awards Nomination for gathering blue (Best Album) and KARakurENAI (Best Instrumental) by composer/steel-pannist Andy Akiho.
With playing that is “fierce and lyrical” and music that is “other-worldly” (The Strad), Jessica Meyer proves to be a daring, sophisticated composer and virtuosic soloist in her solo show “Sounds of Being. Inspired by everything from Bach, Brahms, and Blues to Flamenco, Indian Raga, and Appalachian fiddling, Jessica uses a loop pedal to transform her voice and viola into an entire orchestra of emotion to embody a different state of being for each piece: joy, anxiety, anger, bliss, torment, loneliness, and passion.