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Edgar Meyer

The masterful skills of Edgar Meyer -- whether as bassist or composer; in bluegrass, classical, or a mix of genres -- earned him a MacArthur "genius grant" in 2002, but that is not the only accomplishment of this remarkable musician. Meyer always credits his father, a high-school string music director, as his first teacher, and picked up his first real bass -- which had previously served as a flower planter -- at the age of five. He would go on to study at Indiana University and the Aspen Music School with Stuart Stankey and James Buswell. It was Stankey, he says, that showed him how to make the double bass his own. And it was in Aspen where Meyer connected with Béla Fleck. (Meyer also met his wife in the Aspen School's orchestra.) Fleck introduced Meyer to Dobroist Jerry Douglas and violinist Mark O'Connor. After assisting Meyer on his first four albums, all four of them plus mandolinist Sam Bush became the group Strength in Numbers, generally classified as a bluegrass group, but going beyond that sound. That willingness to explore and create new and distinctive styles, as well as his musicianship, is what has always drawn other musicians and audiences to Meyer's music. During the 1980s, artists such as Garth Brooks, Emmylou Harris, the Indigo Girls, the Chieftains, Elton John, and others sought out Meyer for their albums. At the same time, Meyer became recognized among traditional Classical circles as a rare virtuoso of the small and ignored double bass repertoire, and earned an Avery Fisher Career Grant in 1994. Meyer's own music is an organic combination of written and improvised sections, fusing folk and jazz and classical styles into something new. Professional collaborations bring out the best of his work, with album after album garnering critical praise. Appalachia Waltz and Appalachian Journey, his two albums with with O'Connor and Yo-Yo Ma, topped charts and best-of lists. Appalachian Journey won a Grammy Award, and the three artists appeared on Late Night with David Letterman. In 2011 Ma and Meyer joined with mandolinist Chris Thile (another MacArthur genius) for The Goat Rodeo Sessions. Meyer and Thile have also released two successful duet albums (2008 and 2014) and toured together, which is something Meyer often does when he finds a winning combination of colleagues. Meyer worked with Fleck and Zakir Hussain to write a triple concerto and other pieces for double bass, banjo, and tabla; and with Joshua Bell for Meyer's Concerto for double bass and violin. His concerto for violinist Hilary Hahn is a rare work written for a single instrument and not the bass. Others Meyer has worked with include Mike Marshall and Emanuel Ax. Meyer still does solo recitals, with his longtime pianist Amy Dorfman, in programs featuring classical works alongside his own music, and he continues his relationship with Aspen, returning each year to mentor new students himself. Meyer once again collaborated with Yo-Yo Ma and Chris Thile for Bach: Trios, an album of new arrangements of J.S. Bach keyboard pieces released in April 2017.
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Stations Featuring
Edgar Meyer

    Classical Crossover

    Classical Crossover
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    Chamber Music

    Chamber Music
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Albums by
Edgar Meyer

Top Songs by
Edgar Meyer

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  2.   Zigeunerweisen, for violin & piano (or orchestra) ("Gypsy Airs"), Op. 20
  3.   Suite for solo cello No. 5 in C minor, BWV 1011~6. Gigue
  4.   Suite for solo cello No. 5 in C minor, BWV 1011~1. Prélude
  5.   By the River featuring Béla Fleck
  6.   Travis featuring Béla Fleck
  7.   Chance Meeting featuring Béla Fleck
  8.   Zigeuneweisen featuring Béla Fleck
  9.   Sliding Down featuring Béla Fleck
  10.   Seesaw featuring Béla Fleck
  11.   In the Garden featuring Béla Fleck
  12.   Contrapunctus Xiii from "The Art of the Fugue" featuring Béla Fleck
  13.   Contramonkey featuring Béla Fleck
  14.   Chromium Picolinate featuring Béla Fleck
  15.   Child's Play featuring Béla Fleck
  16.   BP by Joshua Bell
  17.   Big Country
  18.   Death by Triple Fiddle by Joshua Bell
  19.   College Hornpipe by Yo-Yo Ma
  20.   Degree of Separation, for double bass & piano
  21.   Druid Fluid by Yo-Yo Ma
  22.   Ok, Allright by Joshua Bell
  23.   If I Knew by Joshua Bell
  24.   Concert Duo, the Prequil by Joshua Bell
  25.   In the Nick of Time by Joshua Bell
  26.   Hang, Hang by Joshua Bell
  27.   Short Trip Home by Joshua Bell
  28.   Étienne et Petunia by Yo-Yo Ma
  29.   Woody Creek, for bowed & plucked double bass, acoustic mandolin, acoustic guitar & gamba
  30.   The Low Road, for double bass, gamba & acoustic mandolin
  31.   Please Don't Feed the Bear, for double bass, banjo, gamba, mandolin & acoustic guitar
  32.   Old Tyme
  33.   Interlude 4. for double bass, piano & gamba
  34.   Interlude 3, for double bass, acoustic guitar & acoustic mandolin
  35.   Interlude 2, for double bass, piano & dobro
  36.   Interlude 1, for piano
  37.   First Things First, for double bass & piano
  38.   Butterfly's Day Out by Yo-Yo Ma
  39.   Cloverfoot Reel by Yo-Yo Ma
  40.   Emily's Reel by Yo-Yo Ma
  41.   Goat Rodeo featuring Chris Thile
  42.   Misty Moonlight Waltz by Yo-Yo Ma
  43.   Third Movement from "Amalgamations for Solo Bass" featuring Béla Fleck
  44.   Friday by Chris Thile
  45.   Tarnation by Chris Thile
  46.   El Cinco Real by Chris Thile
  47.   It's Dark in Here by Chris Thile
  48.   Big Top by Chris Thile
  49.   Why Only One? by Chris Thile
  50.   Second Time Around by Yo-Yo Ma
  51.   Whatever, for double bass, piano, acoustic mandolin & acoustic guitar
  52.   Catch and Release, for double bass, piano, acoustic mandolin, acoustic guitar & gamba
  53.   Barnyard Disturbance featuring Béla Fleck
  54.   The Auld Beagle by Chris Thile
  55.   Vistas by Yo-Yo Ma
  56.   Caprice for Three by Yo-Yo Ma
  57.   Early Morning, for double bass, guitar, mandolin & piano
  58.   1B by Yo-Yo Ma
  59.   Roundabout, for double bass, piano, acoustic mandolin, acoustic guitar & dobro
  60.   In Hindsight, for double bass, piano, acoustic guitar, acoustic mandolin & gamba
  61.   Work(s)~The Green Groves of Erin / The Flowers of Red Hill
  62.   The Big Cheese featuring Béla Fleck
  63.   Monkey Actually by Chris Thile
  64.   Uncommon Ritual featuring Béla Fleck
  65.   Look What I Found by Chris Thile
  66.   Indecision by Yo-Yo Ma
  67.   Pile-up, for banjo & double bass
  68.   I'll Remember for You by Chris Thile
  69.   Concert Duo, for violin & double bass~The Prequel
  70.   Just As I Thought, for double bass, piano, plucked & bowed gamba, acoustic mandolin, acoustic guitar & banjo
  71.   Duet for cello & bass
  72.   I. Prélude
  73.   Poem for Carlita by Yo-Yo Ma

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