John E. Myers
John Myers is a guitarist, musicologist, interactive media developer, and composer whose work has been included in numerous recordings, multimedia productions, and printed publications. His audio CD, Look In, released on the Jungsoul label in January 2004 features his original jazz compositions and performances on classical and electric guitars, clarinet, and electronic instruments. His book, Way of the Pipa: Structure and Aesthetics in Chinese Lute Music, was published by Kent State University Press in 1992. He has published articles in Ethnomusicology, Yinyue Yishu, Soundboard, Indian and World Arts and Crafts, Jazz Research Papers 1994, College Music Society Newsletter, and other journals and entries for the Asian-American Encyclopedia, Encyclopedia of the Ancient World, The Fifties in America, and the Garland Encyclopedia of World Music as well as many others. Dr. Myers’ postgraduate work was supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Committee on Scholarly Communication with the People’s Republic of China, and the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities. He was also granted a Luce Foundation Consultancy to Eckerd College, Florida. In 2003, working with Swiss artist Etienne Delessert and Alice Myers, he created a series of wide-screen (30x60-foot) digital animations, for live performances by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra of Ravel’s Ma mère l’oye. They also created an interactive DVD computer-based installation for an exhibit at the Visual Arts Museum of the School for Visual Arts in New York City, September 2003. Their cross-platform CD-ROM, “Tabla: A Journey into Eastern Percussion,” exploring rhythmic techniques and form in the classical music of North India, was published by AIM Records in 2003. In 1994, John was assistant Sound Designer and guitarist for Louis Cat Orze: “The Mystery of the Queen’s Necklace (an Interactive Adventure in the Court of Versailles),” a CD-ROM program (IVI Publishing, Minneapolis, 1995). Before coming to Simon’s Rock, he taught applied guitar and music theory at the University of Maryland (Baltimore County campus), at Howard Community College in Columbia, Md., and several other colleges. BA, Towson State University; MM, Howard University; PhD, University of Maryland at Baltimore.