MESH 2022 is a collective of improvisers located in Los Angeles. The concept of MESH as a project started in 2018 with the help of the Provost Creative grant from CalArts. The idea of the MESH project is to bring together various improvisers to create long-form sonic works through recorded media. The first iteration of the MESH Ensemble produced an album after recording together for a month in a cabin in Iceland in 2018. Information about that iteration of the MESH project can be found here.
The current MESH ensemble has been recording at Casa Berenice Recordings in Los Angeles during the pandemic when possible. We managed to play one show at Human Resources in December of 2021 but had to go back into hibernation soon after due to covid. Mesh 2022 mostly lives in an electro-acoustic world where the acoustic instruments are processed but purely acoustic moments have been known to occur. The music often lands in ambient textures but is definitely prone to outbursts and has a wide dynamic range. Most of our sets are free improvisations but we are considering experimenting with a distributed graphic scoring system to create more structured improvisations.
Archie Carey: bassoon and electronics Clay Chaplin: laptop and electronics
Stephanie Cheng Smith: violin and electronics, synthesizers Corey Fogel: percussion and other weird sounds
Kristina Haraldsdottir: viola and electronics Heather Lockie: viola and electronics