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 has performed all over the United States as a soloist and chamber musician. Recent performances include those at the Bang on a Can Summer Festival, the Goat Farm Arts Center in Atlanta, and the National Flute Association’s Annual Conventions in Las Vegas and New Orleans. In addition to regular broadcast of her recordings on classical radio stations, Meerenai’s recordings and performances have been featured on Music from Other Minds, Live from WFMT, and New Music Box. She founded the flute and percussion group, A/B Duo, with percussionist Chris Jones in 2012 and is a member of The Mineral Kingdom, a chiptune/folk/doom/jazz band led by Matthew Joseph Payne.
In 2015 Meerenai founded Aerocade Music, a record label specializing in contemporary classical, electronic, and experimental music. Her third solo album, Pheromone, will be released through Aerocade and will feature works by Gregory C. Brown, Eli Fieldsteel, Douglas Laustsen, Emma O’Halloran, Matthew Joseph Payne, and Isaac Schankler.
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 also serves as a curator at the Center for New Music in San Francisco. She resides in Campbell, California with her husband Dave.
Aerocade release: Pheromone, November 2015