Known for their unique and imaginative concert programming (varying wildly in style and instrumentation from djembe and contrabass flute to Nintendo Gameboy and drum set), A/B Duo has been delighting their audiences all over the United States since 2013. The duo has performed at The Green Mill in Chicago, Spectrum in NYC, The Center for New Music in San Francisco, as well as the Eastman School of Music, Oberlin Conservatory, and other diverse venues such as the video game and indie music festival Rockage 4.0.
The bi-coastal duo (percussionist Christopher G. Jones from Rochester, NY and flutist Meerenai Shim from the San Francisco Bay Area) has commissioned numerous works from American composers including Drew Baker, Zack Browning, Andrea La Rose, Ned McGowan, Brendon Randall-Myers, Ivan Trevino, and Ken Ueno. Many of A/B Duo’s commissions can be heard on their upcoming full-length album, Variety Show on the Aerocade Music label, and on their 2013 EP, Things We Dream About.
A/B Duo is probably the only chamber group to design their own video game. Echoloquacious: the game can be played here.
Fanfare Magazine: "Variety Show" album review
Bandcamp Daily: Best of Bandcamp Contemporary Classical - "Variety Show" album review
ArtsATL: Review of June 2015 concerts at The Goat Farm Arts Center and Eyedrum in Atlanta, GA.
The Cylinder: A podcast produced by the Goat Farm Arts Center. Interview with Chamber Cartel's Caleb Herron.
KQED: Preview of Rockage 4.0 in San Jose, CA.
The Flute View: Review of March 13, 2014 show at Spectrum (NYC)
Chicago Classical Review: Review of December 1, 2013 show at the Green Mill (Chicago)
Civic Center Blog: Review of September 27, 2013 show at the Center for New Music (San Francisco)
Cleveland Classical: Preview of March 2014 Kent and Oberlin, Ohio concerts.
SoundNotion video podcast: Episode 134 "Chamber Music is Like Dating"
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 those at the Soundwave Biennial in San Francisco, the Bang on a Can Summer Festival, the Goat Farm Arts Center in Atlanta, and KNOB Fest in Wichita. She also served a two-year term as a curator at the Center for New Music in San Francisco.
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, was 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 resides in Campbell, California with her husband Dave, and their Great Dane mix, Lady.
CHristopher G. Jones
Known as a fearless interpreter of contemporary classical music, Christopher G. Jones approaches all musical styles with one part humor, one part care, and two parts bravado. He continues his endless pursuit of blurring and breaking the boundaries between classical, contemporary, and experimental music as a founding member of the A/B Duo.
In addition to performances with A/B Duo, Ensemble Dal Niente, Third Coast Percussion, and other highly acclaimed chamber ensembles, Chris’s recent appearances include the Skaneateles Festival, Percussive Arts Society International Convention, Midwest Graduate Music Conference, and the Four Score Festival. As an orchestral musician, Chris has played with the Rochester Philharmonic, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Debuque Symphony, and Tallahassee Symphony. In January 2015, Chris performed Michael Daugherty’s Raise the Roof as soloist with the Eastman Wind Ensemble.
Chris is a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate in Percussion Performance and Literature at the Eastman School of Music. In addition to Michael Burritt, Chris has studied with James Ross, William Cahn, Dr. John W. Parks IV, John Evans, and Charles Ross. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Percussion Performance from Florida State University, his Master’s Degree in Percussion Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music, as well as the acclaimed Performers Certificate from the Eastman School of Music.