About:: Meg Mulhearn is a composer who performs as a solo artist as Divine Circles and as a member of U.S. Christmas, Judas Horse, Lunar Creature, and Void Ensemble. Music she has been involved with has been released by Neurot Recordings, Relapse Records, Paradigms Recordings, Inherent Records, and Hooker Vision, among many others. She has also composed strings for albums spanning many genres.
She is a former board member and current volunteer for Girls Rock Asheville, an organization which values diversity and provides music education for all who self-identify as female, trans (regardless of identity), and/or gender non-conforming youth.
Divine Circles:: Oblivion Songs, described as “a beautiful collection of intimate and experimental songcraft filtered through the Appalachian dusk,” garnered significant critical praise. Mulhearn was profiled by Jason Heller at AV Club as one of the front runners of the “Dark Folk” movement alongside Marissa Nadler, Old Crow Medicine Show, King Buzzo, and Emma Ruth Rundle. Her track “Midwest” was chosen as one of Pitchfork/NPR writer Kim Kelly’s top tracks of the decade in the Pitchfork piece “My Decade in Music so Far.”
Experimental:: In 2016, Mulhearn formed Void Ensemble, which will release the first piece in a nine-album series in May 2017. The live piece premiered at Black Mountain College’s Interlude Festival. In 2015, she composed and performed the music for choreographer Sara Baird’s dance piece Godai, which premiered at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art. She also recently worked with longtime collaborator Ross Gentry (Villages, Nest Egg) on the score to NYS3’s production of Steven Dietz’s play “Fiction.”
Work for Others:: Recent composing work includes a score for the short film, “Lily,” for Skullthunder Films, awarded Best Original Score at the International 100 Hour Film Race. She also composed and performed strings for The Cavern by Inter Arma, Visitors are Allowed One Kiss by Clara Engel, Coffin Wisdom by Generation of Vipers, Destroyers of the Moon by Owlfood, and Death and the Reverend’s forthcoming album.
Upcoming:: In addition to the Void Ensemble album, new albums with Shane Parish (Ahleuchatistas), Aerial Ruin, and Elisa Faires are currently in production, as well as a new Divine Circles album, for which she was awarded a 2016 Regional Artist Project Grant from the Asheville Area Arts Council. Europe and North American tours are planned for 2017.