Composer and multi-instrumentalist Zuriel Merek captivates his audiences with passionate electric violin performances. He seamlessly integrates a background in classical music with modern technologies and innovative techniques he developed while playing eclectic styles of music with many of the most outstanding bands in DFW’s music scene over the past decade.
As a solo artist, Zuriel specializes in live looping—the recording and playback of music in real time using a foot-operated looper pedal—with his freshly reimagined arrangements of contemporary songs and a curated repertoire that spans a wide range of rock, pop, and soundtrack favorites from artists such as U2, Adele, Beyoncé, Bruno Mars, Elvis Presley, Leonard Cohen, Maroon 5, Guns N' Roses, and Hans Zimmer.
Zuriel forged his musical journey alongside a career teaching high school AP and IB history classes, and in June 2017, with the support of his students and fellow faculty, he took the courageous leap to leave teaching and invest fully in his music career. Later that year he released his debut solo instrumental album, The Tao Less Traveled. Zuriel produced, composed for, and performed all the instruments on the record—an original, emotive blend of rock, classical, and cinematic soundscapes. He continues to perform live both as an original music act with his backing band and as a cover artist via his solo electric violin live looping experience.