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Rising indie star to play Sonoma State

By Camille Avis
On October 7, 2010

Born in Santiago, Chile Yael Meyer left her home at the age of 19 to attend school in Boston. She started playing piano at the age of five, began writing songs at eight and played the guitar at 13. While in Boston, she wrote, produced and recorded her first album in 2004 called "Common Ground," which featured a mix of folk, indie pop and electronica sounds and rhythms. This became one of the top 50 albums of the year by "Rolling Stone Chile."

She is self described as an indie singer and songwriter of pop/folk music. Her music and voice have also been used in films such as "El Brindis," a Chilean-Mexican film for which she wrote the song "Aqui" as the film's opening track. Three more of her songs can also be heard in the upcoming movie "Que Pena Tu Vida" by Chilean director Nicolas Lopez opening on Oct. 21.

Meyer knows how to play all sorts of instruments from the accordion to the ukulele and even the ocarina, which is a small egg-shaped wind instrument with a mouthpiece and holes for fingers.

Meyer currently lives in Los Angeles where she performs, writes, produces and records her music. She is regularly played on KCRW located in Santa Monica by DJ Nic Harcourt who is considered the ultimate tastemaker in music. Her music has also been used in Ralph Lauren runway shows, independent films and for network promotions. Meyer has also made appearances at the Apple store in Santa Monica and the famous Hotel Cafe in L.A. known for its indie vibe.

Meyer says she strives to continue creating music that will be beautiful, meaningful and inspiring, music that is true and honest, music that people relate to and adds to people's lives in a positive way.

"If I have the ability to create something that makes people happy, then I should pursue this."

Growing up in Chile, Meyer's father greatly influenced her through music.

"My dad played a lot of music around the house. He also played guitar and together as a family we used to play a lot of musical games."

Music became a big part of Meyer's life and so to go after a career in this field she came to the U.S. to study music. Other musical inspirations for Meyer came from artists like: Joan as Police Woman, Simon & Garfunkel, Radiohead and Bob Marley, to name a few.

"My music is for anyone and everyone who believes in love, life, family and in the simple things. People who are dreamers, hopers, doers, people who want to make a difference in the world."

She will be coming to Sonoma State on Oct. 12 as one of the performances in her college tour. Her new album "Heartbeat EP" is quoted by to be "A female version of Death Cab for Cutie meets Jack Johnson."

The main track on the album titled "Heartbeat" is a song about life and how it seems to go by too quickly. The main line of the lyrics says "traveling at the speed of my own heartbeat," which ties in with the idea of taking time to enjoy life and going at a pace that feels natural and in sync with everything else.

The song also talks about childhood and "making a crooked castle out of blankets," bringing the listener back to the simple pleasures of life.

It has a very comfortable, down to earth feel that is relaxing. "Heartbeat EP" was produced by Bill Lefler and has appearances by Fil Krohnengold on acoustic guitar, Joseph Karnes on bass and Danny Levin on trumpet.

She will be performing all the songs from "Heartbeat EP" as well as some unreleased bonus tracks and cover songs too. Around 10 songs will be featured when she comes to perform at SSU. The concert will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 12 in the Darwin Quad at noon and is free.


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