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Individuals and couples dance instruction. Specializing in first dances for weddings, Latin, Ballroom and more.  Read more about Dance That.

Aaron Meyer

cme imageConcert Rock Violinist Aaron Meyer performs cutting edge original music and arrangements with virtuosity and passion. Aaron brings his fresh and invigorating instrumental style to the stage and genuinely connects with audiences of all ages.

 

 

Aaron Meyer's unique brand of music bridges world, contemporary progressive rock and classical genres. A classically trained violinist since age 5, Meyer debuted with the Philadelphia Orchestra at age 11, and has soloed with major international symphony orchestras and ballet companies, in addition to performing for many world leaders and Dignitaries. Meyer has worked with vastly contrasting artists such as Pink Martini, Smokey Robinson, Aaron Neville, The Temptations, Leftover Salmon, 2002 Miss America - Katie Harman, and the platinum record selling band, Everclear.

Meyer has recorded nine albums thus far, including his latest and most exciting CD of original music entitled "The Journey...not the Destination" which features Aaron's latest compositions and dynamic arrangements inspired by his passion for world travel and culture. Aaron released his third holiday CD "The Holiday Spirit" in November 2008. Each December, Aaron brings superior talent and variety to the stage with his annual holiday concert series throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Aaron presents his annual holiday concert in Portland each year with the support of major sponsors (Zupan's Markets, Moonstruck Chocolatier, Comcast, The Portland Hilton, and The Portland Tribune). Continuing with his theme of "Holiday Music from Around the World", Aaron brings international talent and guest artists to the stage such as famous Fijian guitarist/songwriter Jale Mareau, gospel singers The Brown Sisters, as well as The Gothard Sisters who are current champion Irish dancers and fiddlers. 

Aaron began studying the violin when he was five years old with his father, Julian Meyer. Studies continued with Luis Biava - associate conductor with the Philadelphia Orchestra, and also at Indiana University with Yuval Yaron - a student of Jascha Heifetz. It may be surprising to learn that Aaron shut his violin case when he was 19 years old and began down a new path by pursuing an undergraduate degree in Natural Science from Lewis & Clark College (1995). Following graduation, Aaron embarked on an 11-month journey into some of the most remote regions of Southeast Asia and the South Pacific which ultimately inspired him to create a unique style of original music combining world, contemporary progressive rock and classical influences. The flavors in Aaron's variety of music depict a piece of each cultural experience from every village, every Island, every colorful place he has encountered and he continues to redefine his sound.

Upon returning from his life changing adventure in Southeast Asia, Aaron completed his Masters Degree from Portland State University. Aaron then joined the band Pink Martini and recorded on their debut CD, Sympathique (which has sold over 700,000 copies world wide). He performed with Pink Martini for almost 2 years; shortly thereafter he began composing his own original music and released his first solo CD "Near The Edge". Aaron began his journey of combining classical and rock music on this CD, which was commissioned for the Oregon Ballet Theatre production of "Dance Near The Edge".

Other opportunities that followed included a request from Everclear to compose and arrange string parts for their album "Slowmotion Daydream". Television opened a new door for Aaron to compose music for PBS specials as well as Microsoft commercials. His music then took him to The Hague, in Holland where he performed songs for the World Peace Conference. Playing his own unique version of the National Anthem at the NBA Western Conference Finals was a great highlight for Aaron who is an avid basketball fan.

On May 15, 2001 at the Memorial Coliseum in Portland, Oregon 10,000 people watched as Aaron played on stage with the Dalai Lama, where he performed an original piece of music written for the Dalai Lama's visit to Portland along with another well known Portland Musician, Pianist Michael Allen Harrison.

Subsequent CD releases include: "A Winter's Dance" and "The Fourth Season" both collections of uniquely beautiful arrangements of traditional holiday favorites. "Iniziare" high energy classical crossover and world music followed by "Unfinished journey: The Lewis and Clark Expedition", which was a 13 part public radio series played nationwide on NPR radio. In 2007 Aaron released "From the Beginning" a sentimental journey of the sounds from his early career as a young performer of classical music. His music from these CDs was performed by Aaron and his band at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall on November 18, 2004 along with the entire Oregon Symphony. This was Aaron's second time soloing with a major symphony. Later he soloed with the Bangkok Symphony after they learned of his Tsunami benefit concert in Phuket, Thailand that contributed over $10,000.00USD to rebuild a local school damaged by this catastrophic event.

Aaron generously donates to causes he believes in and is very active in his own local community as well as worldwide organizations. He plays regularly at auctions and charity events including International Medical Teams, American Lung Cancer Association, Salud Pinot Noir Charity auction, Doernbecher hospital, and much more. One very special and memorable highlight was when Aaron performed at an orphanage in Cambodia in association with Holt International, an adoption agency based in Oregon.

Aaron's love for young people and education inspired him to create his unique music educational programs, which continually inspire students worldwide. Each year, Aaron visits dozens of schools all over the Pacific Northwest, presenting assembly style educational music programs, workshops and assisting in creating CDs of student-written songs. He also works with youth orchestras and conducts his own annual, music education summer camp. Aaron produced an educational CD entitled "Practice Classical Violin and Play Like A Rock Star". This innovative tool works in conjunction with Suzuki Books 1 & 2 for Violin, and inspires young students to have some fun when they practice.

Aaron resides in Portland, Oregon with his wife Renee, son Parker and their 2 dogs Bootsie and Paki. Aaron stays busy teaching private lessons, composing new music and visiting schools to perform and implement his educational programs. Aaron is an omnivorous Deadhead and has attended over 40 Grateful Dead concerts, including the last Jerry Garcia Band shows ever at the Warfield Theatre in San Francisco. His other love is travel and he once spent 60 days hiking in the Himalayas in Nepal and then in Northern Burma. Since then he has explored many new destinations such as Fiji, Cambodia & Thailand. He returns to his favorite places as well as new ones on an annual basis with his wife Renee who owns a travel agency, Unforgettable Honeymoons. In his free time he enjoys cooking, fine wine, hiking, biking, scuba diving & hot springing. It isn't unusual to find Aaron donating his time on a day off to play at a charity auction or for a local school function.

Charitable Work:

"Aaron, I want to take this opportunity to thank you for your help and support of Transitional Youth. What an impact you and your wife, Renee, are having on the kids living on the streets of Portland and Vancouver. What makes it even more special is that you are a tremendous talent that is willing to give back to the community and organizations like Transitional Youth. Thank you Aaron, you are not only a great musician but a great person and it is a blessing to call you my friend." - Bert Waugh Jr., President, Transitional Youth

Meyer's innovative Classroom Music Project (CMP), now in its 10th season, is an extensive artist-in-residence program that brings together cross-discipline academic curriculum, music composition, cutting-edge recording technology, production, and performance. Funded entirely by grants and donations, it allows Meyer to work with students of all ages. Aaron visits many elementary schools around the Pacific Northwest, introducing and assisting thousands of students in creating CDs of student-written songs that are released at student benefit concerts to further support music education in schools.

Each year, Aaron presents his assembly style music education program entitled "Classical Crossover" at numerous schools and summer camps and conducts workshops with many youth orchestra's and symphonies all over the world.

Aaron's focus with his charitable work is mostly centered on music education but Aaron donates his talent to support many organizations such as:

  • Holt International
  • Transitional Youth
  • Doernbecher Children's Hospital
  • Salud The Oregon Pinot Noir Auction
  • Medical Teams International
  • American Cancer Association
  • Our House of Portland
  • Friends Without Borders
  • The Rapheal House
  • Macy's Education Program
  • The Portland Schools Foundation
  • Lake Oswego Rotary Club
  • Bull Session
  • Wheel To Walk Foundation
  • KEX Needy Kids Fund
  • Special Olympics of Oregon
  • Dove Lewis Animal Hospital
  • And many public schools in Oregon and Washington

"Everytime Aaron has played for any of our events at Holt International, he has absolutely brought people to their feet. He is a wonderful performer, and a compassionate supporter of those who are in need. A real world class combination!" - Monica Wilton, Events Manager for Holt International


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First Dance Instruction:

For some, dancing is a big part of the wedding reception. However, most people are not blessed with innate dancing skills and therefore could benefit from professional dance instruction. Whether the goal is simply to feel comfortable and confident on the dance floor or to create a one-of-a-kind first dance to impress, we can help. Dance That has on staff, professional dance instructors skilled in Latin, Swing, Ballroom, and various other popular styles. The lessons are affordable and the instructors are patient and very people oriented.

Our dance lessons are a fantastic investment in the overall success of your wedding reception!

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