Artist profile: Samuel Eisen-Meyers blends art, music

Samuel Eisen-Meyers is involved in “Trilogy,” a dance, music and art event June 28 at Firehouse Performing Arts Center. He also releases his new CD, “Wishing Well,” July 4 at the Green Frog.
Samuel Eisen-Meyers is involved in “Trilogy,” a dance, music and art event June 28 at Firehouse Performing Arts Center. He also releases his new CD, “Wishing Well,” July 4 at the Green Frog. Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

Samuel Eisen-Meyers, 24, born and raised in Portland, Ore., not only had the idea for a temporary art gallery on Cornwall Avenue that was open for a couple of weeks in early June, he’s also involved as a visual artist with “Trilogy,” an event 6 p.m Sunday, June 28, at Firehouse Performing Arts Center that combines dance and music, with Eisen-Meyers creating a painting that will be shown on a screen.

He’s also excited about the release of his CD, “Wishing Well,” July 4 at the Green Frog. It’s the kick-off for a tour with band members he calls his best friends — Sam Chue, Matt Van Den Heuvel, Matt Pollock, and Christian Casolary.

Here’s more about Eisen-Meyers. For even more, go to samuelem.com.

Question: Were you active in the arts growing up?

Answer: Portland provided quite an outlet for an exploration within the arts. At the time, the school system in the northeast area of Portland had a large integration of music, art and theater in and outside of the classroom which acted as powerful medium and outlet for creativity. I came to Bellingham when I was 18 years old and got a bachelor of arts at Western Washington University, and secretly took as many music classes as I could squeeze in.

Q: What have been some of your projects in Bellingham?

A: These past six years in Bellingham have been an evolution of so many dreams and communities that have inspired those dreams. After bouncing back and forth from Bellingham to Portland during my freshman year of college, playing shows with a Portland band, I finally made the decision to put a band together and record my own music here in Bellingham. This band was called Eclecticity, and with them I wrote two albums, built a strong community at WWU, and played some killer shows.

At the same time I began touring with the Acorn Project family. The experience with Acorn Project taught me a lot about the meaning of touring, and introduced me to a new type of music and community of friends that I have grown very close to.

Aside from music, my journey into the visual arts has brought me a tremendous amount of joy and inspires me to carve a pathway and life that is full of the creativity. My artistic process has taken me into various adjunct and underground self-created studio spaces to paint, into the classroom as music teacher at Cedar Tree Montessori School, into the yoga studio as a solo guitarist creating an ambiance that echoes the classes yoga practice, among many other endeavors and paths that have always been learning experiences and forces of inspiration.

By jumping in, it seems there is always something to be learned.

Q: What are some of the latest creative things you’ve done that are evolving?

A: For the past year and a half I have been working on a new album titled “Wishing Well.” Albums tend to take up a lot of time and head-space, and I’m stoked to be releasing it live with the band on July 4 at the Green Frog.

Q: What’s one of the best books you’ve read?

A: “A People’s History of the United States” by Howard Zinn is one of my all-time favorites.

Q: What music do you like?

A: I always thought it would be a fun exercise to start at A and go to Z, listing all the artists that have been influential or are on the playlist. Most recently I have been listening to Esperanza Spalding, Lady Blacksmith Mambazo, Snarky Puppy, and Tedeschi Trucks Band.

I continuously look for new music and try to listen to as many contemporary and historical albums as possible that span many genres.

Q: What is your philosophy of life?

A: I have always felt there is task at hand for my generation, more so in recent years as I’ve gotten a bit older. By being present with past generations, and those to come, I believe that it’s our responsibility to be advocates and leaders for righteous and monumental shifts in the ways we can set up our personal lives and our relationships with the larger world in order to heal a nation that at times has a dominant mindset involved in excessive violence, racism and greed.

I believe both art and music can be forums to heal such things.

Reach Margaret Bikman at 360-715-2273 or margaret.bikman@bellinghamherald.com. Read her columns at bellinghamherald.com/behind-the-scenes.


When: 6 p.m. Sunday, June 28

Where: Firehouse Performing Arts Center, 1314 Harris Ave.

Cost: $10 in advance at downtown Community Food Co-op and Village Books; $15 at the door.

Details: jwschaberg@gmail.com, 360-734-2776.

“Wishing Well” CD release party

When: 10 p.m. July 4

Where: Green Frog, 1015 N. State St.