Sul, for solo double bass, is inspired by my own experiences of observing the intricate choreography light creates as it travels through the natural world, specifically the sunlight that flows through the tree branches when observing from the ground. The concept of those fragile moments with the visual strength that these small performances create inspired me to consider ways in which I can occupy a similar performative space within sound. As abstract art is an important element to my compositional process when making formal and structural decisions, this piece takes inspiration from the paintings of Jason Twiggy Lott, specifically his work “Equation.”The painting can be found on his website: jasontwiggylott.com
This piece was written for bassist, Will Yager
"Meier’s piece, sul, was written for a solo double bass. The composition, which was a beautiful, yet haunting collection of notes and harmonies, produced a collective shiver within the audience. Bassist Will Yager’s performance was mesmerizing, and he handled the experimental qualities of the piece with ease."