After 15 years of music in Europe and India, guitarist Randall Meyers is coming home. "I was building a foundation you can't get in America," he says of the centuries of music history that inspired him. "And although you're fighting against a graveyard, it makes the new much more potent."
Meyers moved to Europe when he was 15, after playing in his own jazz ensemble for a year. "Jazz was my earliest influence, but I felt a need to go further than that. I needed to have a broader expression." He studied classical music into which he incorporated his initial love for improvisation. "I deepened my musical language."
In India, 10 years later, he intensified his studies to "improvise out of style . . ." And he says, "Although many people see improvisation as the first step, I see it as the last step. You must have a very high level of musicality, you must be completely in tune. It's something you acquire after a very long time." He experienced this degree of readiness with the Indians. "Their improvisational music seems almost prepared."
Meyers will be playing at Great Falls Grange on Georgetown Pike Friday at 8 p.m, performing works by Villa-Lobos, William Walton, Leobrouwer -- and himself.