Meret Koehler : drums

Meret Koehler

Meret Koehler

Meret Koehler (b. 1975, Zurich, Switzer­land) began her cre­ative endeav­ors by pick­ing up the vio­lin in her ear­ly child­hood. Next to her seri­ous ded­i­ca­tion to music, she also stud­ied bal­let in Zurich. As a teenag­er she start­ed play­ing the drum­set after many years of want­i­ng to do so. She took to her new instru­ment quick­ly and with­in a short time she found her­self tour­ing Switzer­land with the jazz sax­o­phon­ist Co Streiff. Also, she stud­ied at the School of Audio Engi­neer­ing in Zurich as well as work­ing in a record­ing stu­dio, and as a sound engi­neer for live per­for­mances.

Though she knew vir­tu­al­ly no Eng­lish at all, she came to New York at the age of 25, enrolled in the Drummer’s Col­lec­tive School of Music and got her feet wet in the New York music scene, play­ing funk and R&B music in clubs such as the Vil­lage Under­ground, Cafe Wha? and 101.

While a stu­dent at City Col­lege pur­su­ing a dou­ble-major in Stu­dio Art and Jazz Per­for­mance, she toured pri­mar­i­ly the East Coast as a drum­mer for Imani Uzuri, Bra­vo Sil­va and Shrine for the Black Madon­na. She toured with Wax Poet­ic in Brazil for three months. In New York, she has played with groups such as  Burnt Sug­ar, Bra­vo Sil­va, Infla­granti, Ten Minute Turns, Apos­tles, Mark Dark­feath­er, Hun­gry March Band, in venues such as Blue Note, BAM (Brook­lyn Acad­e­my of Music), CBGB’s, Joe’s Pub, Sum­mer Stage NY, Ton­ic, Gala­pa­gos Art Space, Brook­lyn Muse­um of Art, Nublu, Brook­lyn New Music Fes­ti­val, Knit­ting Fac­to­ry, Cel­e­brate Brook­lyn, The Bit­ter End, South­paw and many more.

As a visu­al artist, she has shown fine art paint­ing works in group shows at MoCA­DA, Sky­light Gallery and also sev­er­al sin­gle and mul­ti-chan­nel video art works at Mon­key­town.

She is cur­rent­ly enrolled as a grad­u­ate stu­dent in the MFA Com­put­er Art depart­ment at SVA (School of Visu­al Arts) in New York. Her areas of study include video art, music com­po­si­tion, sound design, inter­ac­tive media, web design, etc. She is now work­ing on her the­sis, which will take the form of a live solo per­for­mance inte­grat­ing cus­tom-made drums/percussion with respon­sive com­put­er-based graph­ics and video.