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. Soulful and introspective, Meyer’s music is animated by a vibrant rhythmic approach, rich harmonies and expressive melodies. Meyer 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 piano duo, organ, string quartet and Pierot ensembles. 

In addition to his compositions, Meyer has released several albums in collaboration with poet and emcee Melissa Czarnik, most recently the EP Rainbow Skies in 2017. Their 2012 album Non Merci was created at the CAMAC Artist Residency in Marnay-sur-Seine France during April and May of 2012 and earned them recognition from Deli Magazine as one of New York City’s Best Emerging Artists. 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.

Press Quotes for Melissa Czarnik projects:

“It’s as surprising a pairing as it is effective…Hard-hitting and smooth at once.”    – Mike Levine,  Deli Magazine NYC

“A classic slice of socially-conscious hip hop that bodes well for the LP [Non Merci].”    – Amy Bell, The Girls Are

“Czarnik is a soulful, fluid rapper, backed by the five-piece Eric Mire Band. Together, they’ve produced a surprising, potent and thoughtful mix of funk, jazz, soul and hip-hop.”
– Robin Hilton, NPR,  All Songs Considered

“With slammin’ poetry, precise beats, and DIY authenticity, Czarnik is an inspiration to young MC’s everywhere.”
– Claire Ashton, Bitch Magazine