Soundinista Meira Asher's work has been released on Crammed, Sub Rosa and Auditorium. Her visionary early voice-based albums from the 1990s were too forward thinking and challenging for the Israeli audiences of the period, but after her departure to Europe they attained cult status.
She Studied Tabla and Dhrupad in Varanasi-India, and traditional drumming, voice and dance of the Ga, Eve and Dagomba people of Ghana, both of which she later taught and performed. She attained a BFA in percussion at California Institute of the Arts (1990). She completed her Masters in Sonology at the Royal Conservatory, The Hague (2002).
Her areas include HR intervention, social documentary, radio art, and the expression/transition of traditional rhythms in/to contemporary music.
Projects include Spears into Hooks (album and performance about the Israeli occupation of Palestine 1999), Infantry (album and performance with Guy Harries, about child manipulation and child soldiers 2001), Face_WSLOT (album, book, art installation, and documentary film on female ex-child combatants in Sierra Leone 2004-06), One blanket lost (radio art piece about girls trafficking to Europe 2010), and Myelination 2 (album and performance with Jean-Claude Jones about Multiple Sclerosis and the myelin sheath 2013).
She is also the co-founder of the bodylab art foundation in The Hague (2001-2011), a lecturer at the Haifa University, and the Curator-presenter of radioart106.
For more of Meira's work, check out her Soundcloud and Bandcamp pages.
June 1, 2018
This complex manifesto of a piece is powerful both in its content and delivery. Noam's written... This complex manifesto of a piece is powerful both in its content and delivery. Noam's written testimony is powerful, but set against the rhythmic collage of percussion, sampling, and field recordings, its descriptions are rendered more raw and graphic. Meira's work is politically relevant as ever, and we're inspired by the bold and heartfelt stand she makes in all her work.