Drawing on experiences performing both improvised and composed works, Meridian approaches percussion in a way that places the exploration of sound in the foreground, in favor of a musical approach that is concerned with exploring acoustic phenomena, rather than rhythm, gesture, or technique.
In creating this music, Meridian reimagines its materials, so that an instrument like a snare drum becomes literally a cylindrical shell with an attached flexible membrane. When viewed from this perspective, traditional instruments become unique sound-making and sound-filtering objects, to be set into vibration coupled with resonant metals, dragged with scraping implements, or driven directly by fingers, bows, or feedback circuitry. In performance, each musician invents a new method for producing sound, a new aggregate instrument, in real-time.
Excerpt from concert at Georgia State University, February 2013. Thanks very much to Stuart Gerber.
Intersection Festival, Yonge-Dundas Square, Toronto, ON, September 2017
Ithaca Underground, Ithaca, NY, September 2017
Elastic Arts, Chicago, IL, February 2016
Spectrum, New York, NY, May 2014
Wesleyan University, May 2014
Quakebasket Records relaunch, Dreamland Film Center, Louisville, KY, October 2013
Oberlin College, October 2013
Georgia State University, February 2013
Tulane University, February 2013
Spacetaker, Houston, TX, November 2012
Salvage Vanguard/Church of the Friendly Ghost, Austin, TX, November 2012
University of South Carolina percussion festival, September 2012
Redux/New Music Collective, Charleston, SC, September 2012
Conundrum, Columbia, SC, September 2012