BIOS - Short, Medium, Long

Short bio:

Flutist Meerenai Shim is one half of the innovative flute and percussion duo, A/B Duo, and the a member of the award-winning contemporary flute ensemble, Areon Flutes. Her third solo album, the all-electroacoustic Pheromone, is available on the Aerocade Music label. She serves as a curator at the Center for New Music in San Francisco.

Medium bio:

Milky Way or Galaxy are traditional Korean translations of the first name of flutist Meerenai Shim. Pronounced “me-ren-ay,” the unusual name befits this unique and forward thinking musician.

Meerenai is a founding member of the innovative flute and percussion duo, A/B Duo. In 2016, she joined the award-winning contemporary flute ensemble, Areon Flutes. She has performed all over the United States as a soloist and chamber musician. Recent performances include the Soundwave Biennial in San Francisco, the Bang on a Can Summer Festival, the National Flute Association’s Annual Conventions, and numerous universities. In addition to regular broadcast of her recordings on classical radio stations, Meerenai's recordings and performances have been featured on Music from Other Minds, Live from WFMT, and New Music Box. 

In 2015 Meerenai founded Aerocade Music, a record label specializing in contemporary classical, electronic, and experimental music. Her third solo album, the all-electroacoustic Pheromone, is the first release on the label. Regarding Pheromone, Fanfare Magazine says, "Flautist Meerenai Shim has the chops and the heart to do these recently composed pieces full justice, and this inaugural release on her own Aerocade label is the proverbial proof of the pudding."

Meerenai Shim is an affiliate of, and fiscally-sponsored by, the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the service of chamber music in California. She also serves as a curator at the Center for New Music in San Francisco. She resides in Silicon Valley with her husband Dave, and their Great Dane mix, Lady.

Long bio:

Milky Way or Galaxy are traditional Korean translations of the first name of flutist Meerenai Shim. Pronounced “me-ren-ay,” the unusual name befits this unique and forward thinking musician.

Meerenai is a founding member of the innovative flute and percussion duo, A/B Duo. In 2016, she joined the award-winning contemporary flute ensemble, Areon Flutes. She has performed all over the United States as a soloist and chamber musician. Recent performances include the Soundwave Biennial in San Francisco, the Bang on a Can Summer Festival, the National Flute Association’s Annual Conventions, and numerous universities. In addition to regular broadcast of her recordings on classical radio stations, Meerenai's recordings and performances have been featured on Music from Other Minds, Live from WFMT, and New Music Box. 

In 2015 Meerenai founded Aerocade Music, a record label specializing in contemporary classical, electronic, and experimental music. Her third solo album, the all-electroacoustic Pheromone, is the first release on the label. Regarding Pheromone, Fanfare Magazine says, "Flautist Meerenai Shim has the chops and the heart to do these recently composed pieces full justice, and this inaugural release on her own Aerocade label is the proverbial proof of the pudding."

After a practice-related injury almost derailed her flute career, Meerenai started studying the Alexander Technique, body mapping, and the Feldenkrais Method. She now teaches musicians how to play better by improving their movement. Her pedagogical philosophy of using the principles of the Feldenkrais Method in flute study can be seen in her book, Scale Studies for Beginner and Intermediate Flutists.  She is currently training to become a Feldenkrais Practitioner. 

Ever adventurous, Meerenai has never been afraid to learn new things. Whether it’s picking up the tenor banjo to play an informal concert at the Aspen Music Festival where she was conducting student, or trying her hand at producing an independent film, she has always been willing to rise to the occasion and learn new things. Between receiving her Bachelor of Music in flute performance from DePaul University and the Master of Music in flute performance from San Francisco State University, Meerenai worked in the Information Technology field and in Management Consulting. All of her past experiences and can-do attitude naturally led her to seeking out new repertoire and contemporary music.

As a part of A/B Duo, and on her own, Meerenai has commissioned new works from numerous composers including Daniel Felsenfeld, Andrea La Rose, Isaac Schankler, and Ken Ueno. Her frequent collaborator Matthew Joseph Payne has written Meerenai a few pieces with accompaniment by Gameboy or other circuit-bent instruments. Meerenai operates and mixes all of her own audio and electronics from the stage. 

Meerenai Shim is an affiliate of, and fiscally-sponsored by, the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the service of chamber music in California. She also serves as a curator at the Center for New Music in San Francisco. She resides in Silicon Valley with her husband Dave, and their Great Dane mix, Lady.


Selected Reviews, Interviews, Mentions, etc: 

Fanfare Magazine

"Shim is an amazingly dexterous flutist, and works brilliantly with her electronics and her live keyboard collaborator." 

 

I CARE IF YOU LISTEN:

" ...Pheromone stands in a class of its own. This album’s dedication to all electro-acoustic compositions definitively breaks from traditional repertoire and instrumentation, unapologetically plays to Shim’s strengths, and highlights her incredible versatility as a contemporary artist." "While her execution of extended techniques, pitch accuracy in microtonal passages, mastery of multiple instruments, and familiarity with both fixed and interactive electronics are at the core of this album, perhaps the most impressive moments are those where soaring, simple lyrical lines remind the listener that, contemporary techniques aside, Shim is fundamentally a great flutist."

 

Avant Music News:

"..a fine collection of new electroacoustic works. ...The six compositions encompass their composers’ individual approaches to integrating the flute with electronics of various types, and reflect Shim’s own genre-challenging, eclectic engagement with new music."

 

I CARE IF YOU LISTEN:

“Overall, “The Art of Noise” is an enjoyable and charming exploration of a range of styles and instrumentations. Meerenai Shim’s engaging playing highlights the common thread running through these pieces – sophisticated, yet accessible.”

 

The Flute View:

“Meerenai Shim is quite good at creating various tone colors that complement whatever instrument she is playing with, whether it is cello, percussion, piano, or even Game Boy.”

 

The Berkshire Eagle:

“...especially fine work from Meerenai Shim, an able flutist from California...”

 

Sequenza 21: 

"Mix equal parts delicacy, satire, abstraction, and imagery; add a flutist whose performance is as charismatic as it is virtuosic and versatile. This is the recipe for Meerenai Shim’s second album, “The Art Of Noise” – five courses of musical repast highlighting Ms. Shim’s personality even more than it does her ability. To be simple, the disc, accidentally or not, validates Ms. Shim’s self-appointed title as, “the ultimate indie music curator and performer.” Credit for this extends both to the truly unique composers and compositions she collected for the album as well as her in-studio collaborators (percussionist Christopher G. Jones, pianist Lori Lack, and cellist Paul Rhodes), all of whom deliver splendid contributions to the recording."

 

Tiny Cartridge: 

“Meerenai Shim’s flute and Matthew Joseph Payne’s Game Boy work together beyond every single one of my expectations. This is the first of three tracks on Meerenai’s new album The Art of Noise that combine these Game Boy and flute seamlessly and beautifully. The rest of the album includes equally stunning flute, percussion, piano, and cello segments.” 

 

Audiophilia:

“Sometimes the City is Silent is the title of her new CD — an eclectic mix that never flags the listener’s interests and beguiles the ear with the most musical phrasing and sparkling tone.”

 

Chamber Musician Today:

"Meerenai Engages the Listener with Pure Flute Technique and Sound on her Debut Album."

 

INTERVIEWS: 

1 Track Podcast: May 14, 2017

geekbeatradio (podcast): March 7, 2016

SoundNotion (podcast): Episode 219

SFist interview: September 26, 2013

SoundNotion (video podcast): Episode 111

All the Cool Parts (podcast): Episode 32

 

MENTIONS: 

East Bay Express: A story about the Soundwave Biennial, with mentions of my location specific piece, Blueprint.

Music From Other Minds: A few selections from The Art of Noise are included alongside recordings from Claire Chase and Jacques Zoon on this radio show curated by Other Minds.  

NewMusicBox: A track from The Art of Noise is included in the flute edition of SOUNDS HEARD.

Avant Music News: "Avant Music News Best of 2013" - The Art of Noise made the Honorable Mentions list!

Avant Music News: The Art of Noise is listed as a "pick of the week" for July 12, 2013!

Rolling Stone: A photo of me is included in a blog post about the 2013 Bang on a Can Summer Festival! 

New York Times: “Music Groups Turn to Fans to Underwrite New Works” 

 
Diana Maire Photography

Diana Maire Photography

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Becky Yee, Around Digital Media

Diana Maire Photography

Diana Maire Photography

Pheromone album cover

The Art of Noise album cover

The Art of Noise album cover

Sometimes the City is Silent album cover

Sometimes the City is Silent album cover