Genius award winner Edgar Meyer.

The Mastery of Meyer

American double bassist Edgar Meyer to perform in Big Sky

As his legions of fans know, musician Edgar Meyer, who will appear at the Warren Miller Performing Arts Center on March 3, defies categorization and ignores limits. He is a double bass orchestral player who can take center stage in solo performances; he is also a classically trained virtuoso who uses the largest string instrument in the orchestra to play jazz, folk, country and bluegrass as well as Bach. 

But just because Meyer doesn’t fit into conventional labels doesn’t mean people stop trying to categorize him. He has been called a “genre bending genius,” “not your classic classist,” and “a true renaissance man.” He is equally at home with the best symphonies, on stage at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, or playing jazz with five-time Grammy award-winner Christian McBride.

When Meyer won his McArthur Foundation Genius award in 2002, the organization pointed out that his “expansive artistry” was “altering the way string instruments are played.” Two decades later, he’s still crafting what the foundation lauded as his “uniquely American lexicon” of music that “broadens the technical potential of the bass and stretches the instrument’s stylistic possibilities.” 

In his solo performance on the double bass at WMPAC, audience members can expect the unexpected, as well as an allegiance to the genre and to the highest technical and artistic standards. Meyer has said of himself that his goal is to be “just the person I am, with a lot of sensitivity to the genre.” Fortunately for his audiences, his genre repertoire is expansive and ever expanding. His show begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Warren Miller Performing Arts Center in Big Sky. Only 280 tickets are available; warrenmillerpac.org.

 

—WMPAC

 

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