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Aug 8 16

Summer 2016, and it don’t stop…

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Happy Summertime.  What’s been going on?  ER has been doing more and more conducting, with A New World: intimate music from FINAL FANTASY, with Five For Fighting and the Carolina Symphony… to go along with more orchestrations and arrangements for Pat Benatar/Neil Giraldo/Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, for A New World…

Keeping it short, but there’s some exciting secret stuff in development; maybe we’ll get to share it someday soon.

Sep 24 15

The Most Wonderful Time, Fall 2015

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School’s back in session so let’s do some learning.

You’ll recognize the patterns of ongoing and fruitful professional relationships in past months.

Arrangements and Orchestrations, Performing as Conductor, Recording Production, Alchemy.

A New World, Distant Worlds, Five For Fighting/Grand Rapids Symphony, Larry Axelrod, SUPER SECRET and upcoming NEW PROJECTS.

Neglectful or Short on Detail?  This time it’s the latter.


Mar 2 15

Winter 2015: Update the Bells!

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So much top secret stuff that we cannot report at this time SO, be satisfied with tales of the success of A New World one year in and Distant Worlds over 100 performances in, as both feature new ER charts regularly, he’s Associate Music Director of each production, etc.  Distant Worlds III, the new full length album is out now!

Stream it, download it.

Coming in May, ER makes his debut as conductor with A New World for a performance in Milwaukee. If you get close to Milwaukee on May 15, just plan on going (lest you miss something historic).

ER continues his fruitful relationship working on music with the acclaimed singer-songwriter known as Five For Fighting.  In addition to the orchestra shows of previous summers, ER created a set of string quartet versions of the orchestra arrangements that FFF has begun performing live in 2015. Check local listings.

Sep 5 14

Crunching toward, oops, sommersaulting toward, oops, sliding spreadeagled toward…

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It’s September 2014. The past few months have seen the release of A New World: Intimate music from FINAL FANTASY – Live in London, the new CD of chamber music produced by ER w/ AWR Music as well as the first performances of the concert tour in North America.  ER’s arrangements and orchestrations are featured throughout the repertoire.  New ER arrangements and orchestrations continue to be featured in Distant Worlds performances worldwide.

This summer, Eric’s been the conductor for live concert performances featuring his own orchestrations with the recording artist Five For Fighting.

Most recently, Eric’s been working on new ANW arrangements and new DWFF arrangements and orchestrations for upcoming performances and recordings.

Jul 23 13

Upstairs/Downstairs? Summer 2013 Updates

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Goodness! You take the good with the bad. The good: much work and living. The bad: updating the website trends toward deprioritization.
And with that we say, “Hello again!” ER has been busy busy busy and we’ll need to update that bio too.
Some of the things ER’s been doing while proverbially chained to his desk have been sets of orchestrations and arrangements for the Distant Worlds: music from FINAL FANTASY concert production, American Pop/Rock band Five For Fighting, Mannheim Steamroller Christmas Symphony, Dennis DeYoung and for other secret forthcoming projects.

He’s also contributed original music for the documentary film The Minnie Minoso Story and audio production for multiple other commercial projects, including recordings of music by Larry Axelrod.
More Sooner and with all best wishes,
the ERM admin

Mar 25 12

Forward, March.

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Hot on the heels of this past weekend’s Distant Worlds performances with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra is this thursday’s Distant Worlds Special Event at Columbia College in Chicago.  At the limited seating event, the Fulcrum Point String Quartet performs the World Premiere of ER’s arrangement of Final Fantasy composer Nobuo Uematsu’s Fight With Seymour (from Final Fantasy X).

Next weekend is the last stop on Distant Worlds’ spring North American jaunt, with a performance in Toronto with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra.  (Distant Worlds features arrangements and orchestrations by ER.)  Look forward to more 2012 performances later in the year, including performances in London, UK and Adelaide, Australia.

And keep on the lookout for more news about the orchestration and arranging projects currently in the pipeline.

Follow ERM on Twitter for musings, reading material, action opportunities, wildcard.

Feb 24 12

February check in

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So far in 2012, ER has mostly been working on top secret arranging projects that we’ll announce when the time is right.

But for now, there are upcoming Distant Worlds performances that feature ER orchestrations and arrangements.  At the end of the month there are Distant Worlds performances in Pittsburgh and Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario.  In March there are performances in Boston and Toronto.  There’s also a special event in Chicago on March 29 featuring the world premiere of ER’s arrangement of the Final Fantasy X classic Fight With Seymour for string quartet (performed by the Fulcrum Point String Quartet).

Happy happies!

Dec 22 11

End of 2011 Update

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For those regular readers of these ERM posts, you probably recall that from time to time we might refer to something like ‘top secret orchestration projects’ for ER in the works.  Here is one of those items, now fully disclosed:
We’re very pleased to announce the great success of Mannheim Steamroller Christmas Symphony.  Just released in November, the CD has enjoyed some of the top sales figures among Seasonal, New Age and orchestral recordings for 2011.  ER was integral to the creation of Christmas Symphony, creating orchestrations for each of the tracks and performing a variety of duties on the production and post-production end.  For more information or to buy Christmas Symphony CLICK HERE.

Have a happy holiday season and look forward to more news in 2012 about Distant Worlds, the CAPE project at South Loop Elementary and other surprises.

Nov 3 11

Sunday 11/6 – Between Yelling and Sleep @ Hideout, Chicago

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9pm Sunday, November 6 at the Hideout in Chicago, the new ensemble Between Yelling and Sleep has its debut performance.  BYAS (pronounced “bias”) is Seth Kim-Cohen/electric guitar, voice; Eric Roth/drums, percussion, voice; Christopher Neal/winds, keyboards, voice.  They’ll perform music by Bob Dylan and the premieres of new music by Seth Kim-Cohen/Tim Rutili/Brad Wood and by Eric Roth.

After BYAS, the esteemed Azita will perform.  Please join us for a great evening of adventures in new music.

For all other information CLICK HERE.

Sep 6 11

September Subjects

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In August, ER was named to the Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education‘s  prestigious Teaching Artist Roster, beginning in the 2011-12 school year.  More details about the particular partnership and related projects will be forthcoming.

ER’s orchestrations will continue to be featured for upcoming Distant Worlds: music from FINAL FANTASY concerts this fall in LA, Seoul and London.