Eric receives fellowship from NC Arts Council

I am thrilled and humbled to announce that I have been named as one of two composer recipients of a $10,000 fellowship from the North Carolina Arts Council to support creative development and the creation of new work.  From the press release: Raleigh, N.C. — Eighteen...

As A Sideman

If you ever find yourself looking at the discography of a jazz artist, you’ll often see at least two sublists: “as a leader” and “as a sideman.”  The second list is usually longer, as this reflects the way in which a musician makes his...

Two Recent Interviews

I haven’t spoken as myself in public lately.  Most of my efforts have been administrative, refining the underpinnings of The Beast and Orquesta GarDel, letting those entities speak on my behalf.  Each band has developed a nice blogging presence on their...

Freedom Suite, new album from The Beast and Nnenna Freelon

I am thrilled to (belatedly) announce my biggest project of the 2010 calendar year: The Beast’s second album, which is a collaboration with Nnenna Freelon, entitled Freedom Suite.  The album is being offered as an exclusive free download from The Revivalist, the...

Zenph website relaunch and live show

Greetings all, I am back after another blog hiatus to bring you exciting news as the year accelerates to an end.  I have wonderful things to share from each of my musical endeavors and from Zenph Sound Innovations, where I am on the R&D team. For starters, the...

GarDel interview in Carrboro blog

I probably should have posted this a week or so ago, but it is still worth sharing.  I was recently interviewed on behalf of Orquesta GarDel by The Mill, the online blog of The Carrboro Citizen newspaper.  I thank Ashley Melzer for giving me some time to ponder the...

Return of the Blog

After a spring hiatus to focus on songwriting with my bands and research with Zenph, I am happy to return to the blogosphere.  The rest of the year will feature countowns to some projects I am very excited to share with you, including: 1. a mixtape from The Beast...