Meyers & McNamara

Chamber Folk

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

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Musician as Maggid

“Stories retold: musician as maggid” is a musical exploration of Jewish and Australian stories, performed by Meyers & McNamara and featuring special guest Luke Plumb. We will present musical responses to the true story of a group of Jewish musicians interned in Australia during WWII, as well as creative responses to traditional fairytales and personal stories.

Repertoire has been chosen from European classical and folk traditions as well as original and improvised music. It will be a special, once-off concert held at the Jewish Synagogue in Hobart (Australia’s oldest synagogue).

We received support from Arts Tasmania and the Folk Federation of Tasmania to develop a project based on questions that have affected our creative practice for some time now:

To what extent do our personal experiences affect our ‘traditional’ music making and musicianship? What would happen if we took stories, imagined and real, from another time and place, and responded to them musically? Would we receive in return entirely new manifestations and ways of knowing ourselves that relate to our current time and place?

© 2017 Meyers & McNamara