The Seattle Composers Alliance is pleased to present composer, improviser and mathematical genius L. Greg Meredith on Thursday, December 2nd at 7:30pm. Join us here!
As every musician is quick to point out, the verb for what we do is play! The truth is that real creative mathematics is also all about play. Wherever that playground is that rests under, around, behind, above, or through musicking and mathing, that’s where Greg Meredith spends most of his time. Greg has brought home from that playground two solo albums: The Adventures of Victoria and Balthazar, and The Disciples of Pop, as well as 206 which was a group romp by the ensemble Sgt Bones. More recently Greg has been playing with The Crown, who released The Path of Totality, and the forthcoming Queen’s Breath
Greg spent five years studying sabar drumming with Senegalese drum master, Mapathe Diop, trekking to Senegal for intensive courses twice. He has also been an active member of the Guitar Craft/Guitar Circle community, performing with the Seattle Guitar Circle’s Tuning the Air, and touring with the Orchestra of Crafty Guitarists. In 2018 the Seattle Guitar Circle released the short Parsing the Circle. Greg also is an active member of the Touch Guitar Circle, run by Markus Reuter of Stickmen.
In addition to playing the guitar and West African drums, Greg plays the Kelstone and has recently begun dabbling with the guqin. More recently he has begun moving all of the touch technique he developed for the Kelstone over to 8 stringed Strandbergs.
When Greg is not playing music, he is playing mathematics. Greg discovered the rho-calculus and namespace logic and worked with Vlad Zamfir and Vitalik Buterin (founder of Ethereum) to develop the CBC-Casper proof-of-stake consensus protocol. Currently, Greg is working with one of John Baez’s students, Mike Stay, on the research programme OSLF, which provides new foundations for logic and mathematics. Greg founded RChain Cooperative, the organization that has developed the world’s most scalable blockchain. Greg used the rho-calculus to design rholang, the smart contracting language used in RChain Cooperative’s blockchain.
Intriguingly, these two worlds collided this summer when Patrick Grant made a composition based on the rho-calculus for the New Music Gathering.