| Eric Schwartz |
|born November 5,1976 |
Eric Schwartz has studied composition at the Cleveland Institute of Music,
New York University, and both the Interlochen and Aspen Summer Music
Festivals. Past teachers have included Donald Erb, Margaret Brouwer, George
Tsontakis, and Justin Dello Joio.
His diverse musical background is also
made up of screaming and performance art for various metal and art rock
groups, playing guitar in jazz big bands, and accompanying modern dance
classes on the piano. Primarily interested in a synthesis of seemingly
disparate musical archetypes, Schwartz is always working on a variety of
genre bending projects.
Formative influences include a peculiar amalgamation of the glam metal of
the late 80's, and the baroque intellectualism of Arnold Schoenberg. More
recently, an interest in increasingly theatrical elements has carved a path
towards new directions both in musical construction and philosophy. Working
from these influences, Schwartz seeks to tread the fine line between
challenging the ear and mind, and rockin' the house down.
Schwartz is currently on the music theory faculty of New York University.
He is a cofounder/resident composer of the Brooklyn based new music group
Forecast Music presenting an ongoing series of monthly concerts in NYC.