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Aug 9 11

ER conducts – more video evidence

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ER conducts the Chicago Clarinet Ensemble for the premiere of ruth, rubric-rational; realisms-relationals by Jeffrey Kowalkowski at Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago 2011

Video is also accessible from the Video page.

Aug 8 11

The Feel Variatious – stream it or lose it.

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In 2008, Brooklyn violist Brian Thompson commissioned a new composition for solo viola from ER. Here (and on the Audio page) is your first chance to listen to streaming audio of Brian Thompson’s premiere performance of The Feel Variatious at the Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music.


Jul 12 11

The Idea of North? Percussive Attack Camp!

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Poster for Percussion Attack Camp in Marquette, MI August 2011

This August, ER is the artist in residence at the Percussive Attack Camp in Marquette, MI, performing in 3 concerts (two as conductor of the ensemble, one as a percussion soloist) of his own compositions and rehearsing with the student percussionists and other faculty.

Please see the accompanying poster for more details.  [Zoom to get a better look at the information, please.]  Or visit [the website of the visionary director and founder of the Camp, acclaimed percussionist and educator Carrie Biolo].

A following post will have more details concerning the programs for the concerts, including news on premieres and the new composition Lyceum for percussion ensemble and solo recitation, commissioned for the performance at the historic Kaufman Auditorium in Marquette.

Jun 16 11


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Along with the orchestration projects that keep Eric chained to a desk, May also showcased ER’s conducting chops for two truly unique performances, one with an exceptionally high profile.

ER was the conductor of the orchestra for Music Director and keyboardist Greg Phillinganes for the “Surprise, Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular,” which aired in two parts on May 23-24 for the Oprah Winfrey Show’s 2nd and 3rd to last programs and was taped lived before an audience of roughly 15,000 at the United Center in Chicago.

Among the outstanding and legendary performers that ER and the orchestra accompanied were

Stevie Wonder

Aretha Franklin

Patti Labelle


Kristin Chenowith [Video from the performance]

Jamie Foxx

Josh Groban


On May 27, ER conducted the Chicago Clarinet Ensemble for the world premiere of ruth, rubric-rational; realisms-relationals by composer Jeffrey Kowalkowski at Northeastern Illinois University.

Coming up in June and July are performances of the Distant Worlds: music from FINAL FANTASY concert production, featuring orchestrations by ER, in Chicago, Houston, Baltimore and Vancouver.

Apr 3 11

Spring Update

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ER has been busy with top secret orchestration and arranging projects.  But there are plenty of not secret items to share:

The upcoming Resplendant release Despite the Gate, No Mansion is expected to drop this summer.  Four tracks are co-written, fully orchestrated and co-produced by ER.  More information soon…


For the Oprah Winfrey Show’s Annual Oscars After Party, ER and AR orchestrated Katy Perry‘s “Firework” for her performance on the program [VIDEO], accompanied by the Academy Awards Orchestra.


The Distant Worlds: music From FINAL FANTASY concert DVD “Returning Home: Live in Tokyo,” featuring ER arrangements and orchestrations, is available starting April 1 at
The concert production itself has upcoming 2011 performances in New York, Sydney, Atlanta, Krakow, Chicago, Houston and London.


With other conducting and composing news unavailable at press time, stay posted for more information in the next weeks.  Happy Springtime.

Feb 8 11

Distant Worlds (w ER arrangements/orchestrations) wins Award from SEMO/

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The Distant Worlds concert production has garnered another award (see SEMO/’s reproduced text below) for its exciting orchestral presentations of music from the Final Fantasy game series.  The concerts feature arrangements and orchestrations by ER.

See the Distant Worlds link above for information about upcoming concerts in NYC, London, Sydney, Atlanta, Chicago and other major metropolitan areas.  And check back for news about the new english language concert DVD package (available soon).

Annual Game Music Awards of 2010 :: Best Production Winners

In collaboration with our partners, SEMO is proud to present the winners of the ‘best production’ category in the Annual Game Music Awards 2010. These panel-voted officially recognised awards provide a thorough and wide-reaching recognition of achievement in game music over the last year. Congratulations to all winners, runners-up, and nominees.

Outstanding Music Production — Concert :: Distant Worlds II

The culmination of a massively successful tour, Distant Worlds II – More Music from Final Fantasy (Stockholm, June 12) offered the most encompassing orchestral tribute to the much-loved Final Fantasy series to date, inspiring rave reviews and many cheers from fans.

Dec 13 10

Happy December News

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Happy December and apologies for the gap since the last post.  This was in large part due to the birth of Eric’s daughter, Anouk.

He’s also been busy with quite a few musical projects.  Working with Scrollmotion, Eric has composed and produced original music for their Living Xylophone and for forthcoming Iceberg Reader children’s books for iPhone, iPad, iPod and other mobile devices.

He recently completed a number of new arrangements and orchestrations for the Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy concert production, which premiered on November 6 and 7, 2010 with the Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra in Tokyo.

Upcoming Distant Worlds performances include:

April 15 and 16, 2011 at the Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia

June 26, 2011 at Symphony Center in Chicago, IL

On December 12, 2010, the Irish Philharmonic Orchestra presented Barbie in the Nutcracker, a movie with live orchestral accompaniment featuring all new orchestrations by ER.

Currently, he is collaborating on the forthcoming Resplendent/Vicarious Choir album (, contributing new original music for orchestra.

Finally, Eric has begun production on original music for a 2011 Eric Roth release, with some tracks already complete.

Please stay posted for more information and news.

Jul 30 10

ER songs – Tuesday at Uncommon Ground, Chicago

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In a rare event, ER sings a set of his original songs, accompanied by keyboardist Jeffrey Kowalkowski, as part of Jessica Robbins’ curated series at Uncommon Ground, Chicago.

They’ll perform classic material from the ANATHEMA album, the Eric Roth Soul Review, and other choice songs.

Eric Roth and Jessica Robbins and a surprise guest play Uncommon Ground on Clark and Grace — Tuesday August 3rd at 8:00!
The show is free but the room fills up fast so it’s best to call and make reservations (see link below)

Also, now posted: choice photos from the BATTERY release concert at the Viaduct Theatre.

Jul 17 10

Follow ericrothmusic on Twitter

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Follow ericrothmusic on Twitter.

Stay informed on all the most current Eric Roth Music news and activities in the informal Twitter atmosphere.  Tweets also include noteworthy news items and opinions, progressive action opportunities, and robust baseball analysis.

Jul 7 10

Time Out Chicago reviews BATTERY

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Check out the Time Out Chicago 4-star review of Battery!