Evan Meier’s music has been featured in performances by the Minnesota Orchestra, New York City Opera, the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, the Great Noise Ensemble, the Capital City Symphony, the Nimbus Ensemble, Nicholas Photinos of eighth blackbird, Paperwing Ensemble, the Calyx Quartet, the University of Maryland Percussion Ensemble, the Youth Orchestra of Prince William County, the McLean Youth Orchestra, and the Chapman University Wind Ensemble. Meier’s Fire Music was selected for the Minnesota Orchestra’s 2015 Composers Institute, and performed as part of the Future Classics program, with Osmo Vänskä conducting.
Meier recently collaborated with beatboxer/lyricist/rapper Christylez Bacon to create Migrations in Rhythm, a Concerto for Beatbox and Rhyme. The work was commissioned by John Devlin, music director of the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra. Migrations combines elements of beatboxing and both prewritten and freestyle rap verses within the context of an orchestral concerto. The concerto provides a musical setting for Christylez’s storytelling and virtuosic rhythmic explorations in the styles of hip-hop, Agbadza, ring shout, rumba, New Orleans jazz, funk, Bossa Nova, and go-go.
Opera has been a major focus of Meier’s compositional output. His one-act chamber opera, The Last Act of Revolution, was presented by New York City Opera’s VOX Festival in the fall of 2012; it was premiered earlier that year by the University of Maryland Opera Studio. The New York Times described the opera as having “a very polished feel…the music firmly rooted in the drama.” Beginning in 2013, Meier was selected as a Resident Artist with the American Lyric Theater, as part of the Composer/Librettist Development Program. In the spring of 2014, ALT presented his one-act chamber opera, The Resurrection Engine, which was written in collaboration with librettist and playwright E.M. Lewis. Meier and Lewis completed their first full-length opera collaboration, Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Fallen Giant in 2020. The premiere was given in concert performance at the American Lyric Theater Insight ALT Festival, conducted by Andrew Bisantz at Alvin Ailey Hall in NYC. This family-friendly opera combines a magical world fairy tales within the story device a Sherlock Holmes mystery.
Meier is originally from Long Beach, California. He currently lives in the Washington D.C. area and serves as the Music Theory and Composition Chair at Levine Music, a community music school.