Anne Akiko Meyers in NPR's Studio 4A
In this session from Studio 4A, Anne Akiko Meyers played standards such as Schubert and Mozart. But she also performed pieces by the avant garde Japanese composer Somei Satoh, silent movie star Charlie Chaplan and Geoge Gershwin. She was accompanied by pianist Audrey Andrist. Akiko Myers discussed her music with Performance Today host Fred Child.
In Satoh's piece, Birds in Warped Time II, Akiko Meyers used her violin to imitate the shakuhachi, a traditional Japanese flute associated with Zen Buddhism. She played an arrangement of 'Smile,' a song Chaplan wrote for the Little Tramp character that appears in his movies. (Chaplin wrote songs even though he had no formal musical training.) Akiko Meyers also performed arrangements of a pair of Gershwin classics, 'Summertime' and 'It Ain't Necessarily So.'
The following is a playlist of the session.