Originally from Baltimore, MD, Aaron Jay Myers is a Boston based composer, guitarist, and teacher. His works have been performed across the United States and he has been commissioned by Semiosis Quartet, Transient Canvas, Diagenesis Duo, Chamber Cartel, The Governor’s School Orchestra, Sharan Leventhal, Emma Resmini, NakedEye Ensemble, NorthStar Duo, Box Not Found, L+M Duo, Chaz Aguado, Stephanie Lamprea, Peridot Duo, and many others. He is a founding member of Equilibrium Ensemble, served as Executive Director from 2015-2018, and served as its Managing Director until its end in 2020. He was Music Director for Second Sunday Concert Series from 10/17 through 12/18. As a guitarist, he has performed many different kinds of music over the past twenty-six years and is founder of the band, Niffin. He has been giving private guitar lessons since 2002, and currently teaches at Dedham School of Music, Indian Hill Music, Concord Conservatory, and at home.
Myers holds BM and MM in Composition degrees from Towson University and The Boston Conservatory. He studied guitar with Maurice Arenas and Troy King. He studied composition with Dave Ballou, William Kleinsasser, Jan Swafford, and Marti Epstein. He has had additional composition studies with Nicholas Vines and Roger Reynolds.aaronjaymyers.com
Describe your music
Artistic Statement -
For many years I have been photographing cracks, stains, mold, rust, and discoloration on man-made and natural objects. I continue to be humbled and deeply inspired by the raw beauty all around us that is often overlooked or superficially thought of as damaged. For me, this also translates into the world of sound. Sentient existence can be tumultuous but also beautiful, and it is inevitable that music and the arts reflect the struggle, violence, beauty, love, and loss that make up our fleeting lives. I am also intrigued by the occult. Humankind’s obsession with understanding our existence and controlling our surroundings has inspired pantheons of mythological beings, bizarre and macabre folklore, obsessive rituals, and countless belief systems. I sometimes use occult beings or events as inspiration, and I embrace both raw and refined sounds as beautiful equals in my music.
Interested in collaborating with
Ensembles, Performers, Concert Series, Visual Art, Dance, Film