Meyers & McNamara

Chamber Folk

Violinist Rachel Meyers and accordionist Dave McNamara boldly combine Klezmer and other Jewish music with experimental instrumentals and original compositions.

Southern Ecophony ideas board

Some ideas are brewing for Southern Ecophony. Video inspirations below.

Drone sounds created in Ableton like this. Lawrence English a big influence in drone sounds:

Instrumental improv on found instruments may sound like this. Cheryl Leonard has done some amazing found objects compositions to do with Antarctica. I also love her musical aesthetic. Particularly from about 6 minutes in:

Climate scientists talking about their work, and the Southern Ocean as a whole, like this:


Something like I imagine the event itself may LOOK like:


Training to be done:

I’ve worked quite extensively with music notation software, music recording equipment, and digital audio workstations (DAWs) such as ProTools. I need to refine my skills with Ableton Pro (already have the software, just need to develop and refine audio manipulation ideas), and will probably seek mentorship as well as complete a basic ecourse. Will be working with Doug Quin in March on field recording techniques, and will continue my training when returned from the field to use the sounds through various DAWs.

Previous work has been largely music notation-based, with accompanying extensive program notes. This work is a significant departure.

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