Bio

Eric Joseph Meyer | Composer

Eric Joseph Meyer is a composer, producer, and pianist based in New York City. A student of classical music and jazz, Eric composes chamber music infused with hip hop grooves and jazz idioms as well as hip hop beats steeped in classical and jazz influences. Currently, he can be found co-hosting the Beat Music Series every second Tuesday of the month with poet and emcee Melissa Czarnik at Silvana in Harlem. Together they perform with a live band and curate an eclectic mix of hip hop, jazz, soul, poetry, folk, and spoken word artists.

Meyer has released several albums in collaboration with Melissa, most recently the EP Rainbow Skies (2017) and album, Non Merci (2012). Non Merci was created at the CAMAC Artist Residency in Marnay-sur-Seine France during April and May of 2012. They have earned recognition from NPR’s All Songs Considered, as well as Bitch Magazine, Bust Magazine and Anattitude Magazine in Europe. In addition to having toured across the US and Europe, they have performed live on air and appeared as commentators on women in hip hop on FM Brussels’ Supa Fly Radio, WFMU’s Put the Needle to the Record (New York/New Jersey), KALW’s Voicebox with Chloe Veltman (San Francisco), and made numerous appearances in their hometown of Milwaukee on 91.7 WMSE, 88.9 Radio Milwaukee and WUWM’s Lake Effect.

Meyer has studied composition, theory and music technology at New York University and the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, and briefly at the University of Memphis. His principal teachers were Gil Goldstein, Julia Wolfe, Yehuda Yannay and Kamran Ince. His recent compositions include works for solo piano, organ, string quartet and Pierot ensembles with and without percussion. Currently, he is working on completing a four movement work for two pianos and is looking forward to premiering the work in 2018.