Tasmanian musician, composer and musicologist Rachel Meyers’ career spans world, folk, and experimental music genres. As an instrumentalist, Rachel has recorded several albums and toured nationally, performing at festivals around the country including A Festival Called Panama, Dark MOFO, MONA FOMA, National Folk Festival, Cygnet Folk Festival, Maldon Folk Festival, and more. She has collaborated on original music for her various ensembles over the past two decades, most recently for Meyers & McNamara, an experimental chamber-folk duo.
Rachel has worked on several competitively-funded projects, including for the Australian Research Council and Arts Tasmania. She has worked in schools as a Teaching Artist with The Songroom and taught instrumental music for over fifteen years. Rachel is currently studying for a PhD in environmental sound art and musicology, and in receipt of a prestigious Research Training Program Scholarship.
She is deeply passionate about working with ecological and musicological stories of place and identity, and using art as a tool for real, tangible community change. Commissioned work Southern Ecophony: Wind and Water debuted at Next Wave Festival 2020 and will be installed at McClelland Sculpture Park and Gallery in 2021.
Van Diemen’s Band acknowledges with deep respect, the Traditional Owners of the land lutruwita (Tasmania) on which we have the privilege to make music.