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Encyclopedia > Edgar Meyer
Edgar Meyer

Meyer with his double bass.
Background information
Birth name Edgar Meyer
Born November 24, 1960
Origin Oak Ridge, Tennessee Flag of United States United States
Genre(s) Bluegrass
Progressive bluegrass
Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician
Composer
Instrument(s) Double Bass
Piano
Guitar
Banjo
Violin
Mandolin
Dobro
Associated
acts
Joshua Bell
Yo-Yo Ma
Béla Fleck
Sam Bush
James Taylor
Jerry Douglas
Mike Marshall
Mark O'Connor
Alison Krauss
Nickel Creek
Mary Chapin Carpenter
Website edgarmeyer.com

Edgar Meyer (born November 24, 1960) is a prominent contemporary bassist. His styles include classical, bluegrass, newgrass, and jazz. Meyer has worked as a session musician in Nashville, part of various chamber groups, a composer, and an arranger. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Side and front views of a modern double bass with a French bow. ... November 24 is the 328th day (329th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1960 calendar). ... Oak Ridge is an incorporated city in Anderson and Roane Counties in East Tennessee, about 25 miles northwest of Knoxville. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Bluegrass music is considered a form of American roots music which has its own roots in Irish, African, Scottish and English traditional music. ... Progressive bluegrass, also known as newgrass (a term attributed to New Grass Revival member Ebo Walker), is one of two major subgenres of bluegrass music. ... Jazz is a musical art form that originated in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States around the start of the 20th century. ... A musician is a person who plays or composes music Musicians can be classified by their role in creating or performing music: A singer (or vocalist) uses his or her voice as an instrument. ... A composer is a person who writes music. ... A musical instrument is a device constructed or modified with the purpose of making music. ... Side and front views of a modern double bass with a French bow. ... A short grand piano, with the top up. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... For other uses, see Banjo (disambiguation) The banjo is a stringed instrument of African American origin adapted from several African instruments. ... The violin is a bowed string instrument with four strings tuned in perfect fifths. ... A mandolin is a small, stringed musical instrument which is plucked, strummed or a combination of both. ... A modern Gibson Dobro Dobro is a trade name now owned by Gibson Guitar Corporation and used for a particular design of resonator guitar. ... Joshua Bell (born 9 December 1967) is an American Grammy Award-winning violinist. ... This is a Chinese name; the family name is Ma Yo-Yo Ma (Traditional Chinese: ; Simplified Chinese: ; pinyin: ) (b. ... Béla Fleck (born July 10, 1958 in New York City, New York) is an American virtuoso banjo player. ... Sam Bush Sam Bush (b. ... James Vernon Taylor (born March 12, 1948) is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist, born in Belmont, Massachusetts. ... Jerry Douglas is an actor, who has been on The Young and the Restless for 25 years. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... Mark OConnor (born August 5, 1961 in Seattle, Washington) is widely considered to be the most prominent fiddler of his generation. ... Alison Krauss (born July 23, 1971 in Decatur, Illinois)[1] is an American bluegrass/country singer and fiddle player. ... Nickel Creek is a Grammy Award-winning American acoustic music trio with roots in bluegrass, which is now sometimes described as progressive bluegrass or progressive acoustic. ... Mary Chapin Carpenter (born February 21, 1958 in Princeton, New Jersey) is a five-time Grammy Award-winning country/folk singer-songwriter and guitarist, with a diverse musical style that is sometimes said to be unclassifiable. ... November 24 is the 328th day (329th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1960 calendar). ... Side and front views of a modern double bass with a French bow. ... Classical music is a broad, somewhat imprecise term, referring to music produced in, or rooted in the traditions of, European art, ecclesiastical and concert music, encompassing a broad period from roughly 1000 to the present day. ... Bluegrass music is considered a form of American roots music which has its own roots in Irish, African, Scottish and English traditional music. ... Progressive bluegrass, also known as newgrass (a term attributed to New Grass Revival member Ebo Walker), is one of two major subgenres of bluegrass music. ... Jazz is a musical art form that originated in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States around the start of the 20th century. ... Chamber music is a form of classical music, written for a small group of instruments which traditionally could be accommodated in a palace chamber. ... A composer is a person who writes music. ... In popular music an arrangement is a setting of a piece of music, which may have been composed by the arranger or by someone else. ...

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Biography

Meyer grew up in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. He learned to play the double bass from his father, the late Edgar Meyer, Sr., who directed the string orchestra program for the local public school system. Meyer later went on to Indiana University to study with Stuart Sankey. [1] Oak Ridge is an incorporated city in Anderson and Roane Counties in East Tennessee, about 25 miles northwest of Knoxville. ... Indiana University is the principal campus of the Indiana University system. ...


Meyer is noted for achieving virtuosity on an instrument of unusual technical difficulty. His skill has allowed him to perform difficult music originally composed for other instruments, as in his recordings of Bach's unaccompanied cello suites. Meyer frequently records and performs with other outstanding artists, including: Joshua Bell, Yo-Yo Ma, Béla Fleck, Sam Bush, James Taylor, Jerry Douglas, Mike Marshall, Mark O'Connor, Alison Krauss, the members of Nickel Creek, and Mary Chapin Carpenter. A virtuoso (from Italian virtuoso, late Latin virtuosus, Latin virtus meaning: skill, manliness, excellence) is an individual who possesses outstanding technical ability at singing or playing a musical instrument. ... Bach in a 1748 portrait by Haussmann Places in which Bach resided throughout his life Johann Sebastian Bach (pronounced ) (21 March 1685 O.S. – 28 July 1750 N.S.) was a prolific German composer and organist whose sacred and secular works for choir, orchestra and solo instruments drew together the... The violoncello, almost always abbreviated to cello, or cello (the c is pronounced as the ch in cheese), is a bowed stringed instrument, the lowest-sounding member of the violin family. ... In music, a suite is an organized set of instrumental or orchestral pieces normally performed at a single sitting. ... Joshua Bell (born 9 December 1967) is an American Grammy Award-winning violinist. ... This is a Chinese name; the family name is Ma Yo-Yo Ma (Traditional Chinese: ; Simplified Chinese: ; pinyin: ) (b. ... Béla Fleck (born July 10, 1958 in New York City, New York) is an American virtuoso banjo player. ... Sam Bush Sam Bush (b. ... James Vernon Taylor (born March 12, 1948) is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist, born in Belmont, Massachusetts. ... Jerry Douglas is an actor, who has been on The Young and the Restless for 25 years. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... Mark OConnor (born August 5, 1961 in Seattle, Washington) is widely considered to be the most prominent fiddler of his generation. ... Alison Krauss (born July 23, 1971 in Decatur, Illinois)[1] is an American bluegrass/country singer and fiddle player. ... Nickel Creek is a Grammy Award-winning American acoustic music trio with roots in bluegrass, which is now sometimes described as progressive bluegrass or progressive acoustic. ... Mary Chapin Carpenter (born February 21, 1958 in Princeton, New Jersey) is a five-time Grammy Award-winning country/folk singer-songwriter and guitarist, with a diverse musical style that is sometimes said to be unclassifiable. ...


Meyer has also composed a number of works that break the traditional mold of classical music, including two double bass concertos, a double concerto for bass and cello, and a violin concerto composed specifically for Hilary Hahn. Classical music is a broad, somewhat imprecise term, referring to music produced in, or rooted in the traditions of, European art, ecclesiastical and concert music, encompassing a broad period from roughly 1000 to the present day. ... Side and front views of a modern double bass with a French bow. ... Origin Etymology Concerto (from the Latin concertus, from certare, to strive, also confused with concentus), in its most general sense, is a name for a piece of classical music in which there are two distinct groups of instruments, one larger than the other. ... The term concerto (plural is concerti or concertos) usually refers to a musical work in which one solo instrument is accompanied by an orchestra. ... Side and front views of a modern double bass with a French bow. ... The violoncello, almost always abbreviated to cello, or cello (the c is pronounced as the ch in cheese), is a bowed stringed instrument, the lowest-sounding member of the violin family. ... The violin is a bowed string instrument with four strings tuned in perfect fifths. ... The term concerto (plural is concerti or concertos) usually refers to a musical work in which one solo instrument is accompanied by an orchestra. ... Hilary Hahn - credit Kasskara courtesy of Deutsche Grammophon Hilary Hahn (born November 27, 1979 in Lexington, Virginia) is an American Grammy Award–winning violinist. ...


His collaborations have been nominated for, and awarded, several Grammys. In 2002, he was named a MacArthur Fellow. Grammy Award The Grammy Awards (originally called the Gramophone Awards), presented by the Recording Academy (an association of Americans professionally involved in the recorded music industry) for outstanding achievements in the recording industry, is one of four major music awards shows held annually in the United States (the Billboard Music... The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation is a private, independent grantmaking institution. ...


On Meyer's self-titled 2006 Sony Classical release, he performs accompanied only by himself on a wide variety of instruments besides his usual piano and double bass, including guitar, banjo, viola de gamba, mandolin and dobro. Sony Classical is the successor to the Columbia and CBS Masterworks labels, assuming its new identity after the purchase of CBS Records by Sony Corporation. ... A short grand piano, with the top up. ... Side and front views of a modern double bass with a French bow. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... For other uses, see Banjo (disambiguation) The banjo is a stringed instrument of African American origin adapted from several African instruments. ... Various sizes of viol, from Michael Praetorius Syntagma musicum (1618) The viol (also called viola da gamba) is any one of a family of bowed, fretted stringed musical instruments developed in the 1400s and used primarily in the Renaissance and Baroque periods. ... A mandolin is a small, stringed musical instrument which is plucked, strummed or a combination of both. ... A modern Gibson Dobro Dobro is a trade name now owned by Gibson Guitar Corporation and used for a particular design of resonator guitar. ...


Discography

Sony Classical

2006

  • Edgar Meyer

2004

2002 Music For Two is an album of duets by Edgar Meyer and Béla Fleck created and recorded while touring to support Perpetual Motion and released by Sony Classical in 2004. ...

  • Meyer, Bottesini: Concertos
  • Silk Road Journeys: When Strangers Meet

2001

2000 The American Seasons is an album by Mark OConnor, recorded with the Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Scott Yoo. ... Perpetual Motion is an album of classical music released in 2001. ... The Grammy Award for Best Classical Crossover Album has been awarded since 1999. ...

  • Bach: Unaccompanied Cello Suites Performed on Double Bass
  • Appalachian Journey Live in Concert (VHS and DVD)
  • Appalachian Journey (Grammy)

1999 Appalachian Journey is the second album from the string trio of bassist and composer Edgar Meyer, fiddler and composer Mark OConnor, and cellist Yo-Yo Ma. ... The Grammy Award for Best Classical Crossover Album has been awarded since 1999. ...

1997 Short Trip Home is an album of classical chamber music by a quartet unusual both for its membership and its instrumentation. ... Grammy Award statuette The Grammy Awards, presented by the Recording Academy (an association of Americans professionally involved in the recorded music industry) for outstanding achievements in the recording industry, is one of four major music awards shows held annually in the United States (the Billboard Music Awards, the American Music...

1996 Uncommon Ritual is the second album released by Sony Classical of string trios, following Appalachia Waltz, with unusual instramentation and influences from bluegrass and folk music to create an Americana-style of traditional classical music. ...

Appalachia Waltz is the first album from the trio of fiddler and composer Mark OConnor, double-bassist and composer Edgar Meyer, and cellist Yo-Yo Ma. ... Franz Schubert Franz Peter Schubert (January 31, 1797 – November 19, 1828) was an Austrian composer. ... The Trout Quintet is the popular name for the piano quintet in A major by Franz Schubert. ... The Sonata in A minor for Arpeggione and Piano, D. 821, was written by Franz Schubert in Vienna in November 1824. ...

Deutsche Grammophon

  • Meyer: Quintet; Rorem: String Quartet

MCA Master Series

The album cover from the 1998 re-release with the title Telluride Sessions. ...

Sugar Hill Records

  • Skip, Hop, and Wobble

Previously Released Material

  • Beautiful Dreamer: The Songs of Stephen Foster
  • Classic Yo-Yo
  • Classical Hits
  • Heartland: An Appalachian Anthology

External links

  • Meyer Homepage

 
 

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