I sat down with Second Inversion to discuss urban sounds, American music, and electronics in my show “Living in America”. “When it comes to the piano, Jesse Myers likes to …
Seattle-based pianist Jesse Myers is an adventurous explorer of new music that expands the possibilities of the piano. With a strong interest in performance that pushes piano music into new realms, Myers frequently performs music for prepared piano, new music for piano and electronics, as well as traditional classical literature. He is a performer, teacher, lecturer, and writer, with a goal of providing the audience with a fresh perspective of the piano and an imaginative understanding of the music. His concerts of John Cage’s Sonatas and Interludes have been featured on KingFM’s Second Inversion, Seattle Weekly, The Live Music Project, and were a part of The Stranger’s Best Concerts of 2017. His recent work with the prepared piano has led to tours across the country including artist residencies and guest performances at Cornish College of the Arts, Bowling Green State University, and Lewis University.
Mr. Myers has chosen the vocation of being a lifetime student of the piano and tireless teacher of its techniques and repertoire. He is on the faculty at Holy Names Academy and runs a thriving studio from his home in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood comprised primarily of adult classical pianists making a return to the piano. Aside from teaching at the studio and the academy, he has been accepting invitations for adjudicating competitions and leading masterclasses.
Jesse Myers has a Master of Music degree from the University of Washington in piano performance. He also attended Bowling Green State University, where he earned his Bachelor of Music in piano performance. His important teachers have been Robin McCabe (piano, UW 2004-2006), Virginia Marks (piano,BGSU 1999-2003), Valrie Kantorski and Frances Burnett (Piano, Bowling Green Creative Arts, 1995-1999), and Marylin Shrude (composition, Bowling Green Creative Arts and Interlochen).
I was a feature soloist in this event, presenting music for piano and electronics. Check out this LIVE recording of Christopher Cerrone’s Hoyt-Schermerhorn. https://soundcloud.com/jessemyerspiano/cerrone-hoyt-schermerhorn-live-jesse-myers
Kent Karnofski from The Live Music Project published an article on my work with prepared piano for my upcoming residency at Cornish College of the Arts. http://livemusicproject.org/steinways-screws-myers-plays-cage/
Really excited to be included in The Stranger’s recommended concerts for 2017! http://www.thestranger.com/artandperformance/2016/12/07/24728992/the-best-classical-concerts-and-operas-in-seattle-this-winter
This Saturday, the circus is coming to town—the Musicircus, that is. Come one, come all for a most unusual evening of art, dance, music, and chaos. bit.ly/JohnCageMusicircus
An evening devoted to the composer erases boundaries—between performer and auditor, art and life. Read more…
KingFM’s modern classical music service, Second Inversion, just published a really nice interview with me about my upcoming Cage recitals. The avant-garde and always-iconoclastic composer John Cage threw a …