Bio

Eric Joseph Meyer | Composer
b. 1979

Eric Joseph Meyer is a New York City based composer, producer and pianist who recently completed his Masters in Music Composition at NYU. Meyer’s music is authentic and unaffected with a lively, soulful and emotive depth of expression. Without apology, Meyer remains true to his musical core while combining elements of hip hop, jazz and the downtown school of composition into his distinctive musical voice.

Since moving to New York City in 2012, Meyer has studied jazz composition and arranging with Grammy award winning producer and instrumentalist Gil Goldstein (Esperanza Spalding, Bobby McFerrin) and created arrangements of Gil Evan’s manuscripts for Miles Evans and the Gil Evans Orchestra. The JACK Quartet premiered his first string quartet Wish Basket in 2013 after working on the piece with Julia Wolfe and Missy Mazzoli at NYU. Additionally Meyer studied orchestration with Justin Dello Joio and pursued an intensive focus on Renaissance and Baroque counterpoint while at NYU.  Meyer’s music has recently been read by the NYU Symphony Orchestra, performed by the NYU Percussion Ensemble and heard accompanying Melissa Czarnik at Present Music’s Women In Chamber concert. Recent projects include a new four movement work for two pianos and a concert organ commission for Karen Beaumont entitled Aujourd’hui.

Meyer is also an accomplished hip hop producer and performer known for his collaborative work with poet and emcee Melissa Czarnik. Together they have independently released three albums, Strawberry Cadillac (2008), Raspberry Jesus (2010), and Non Merci (2012). Non Merci was created at the CAMAC Artist Residency in Marnay-sur-Seine France during April and May of 2012. Their music is a soulful blend of jazzy hip hop that combines Czarnik’s impeccable instincts as an emcee with Meyer’s jazzy piano laden grooves. 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. They are currently working on their fourth studio album and can be seen regularly performing around New York.