2017 was a great year! Erik has been touring with Kirsten Thien in Maine and in the Midwest. Kirsten’s band included drummer Alex Alexander (David Bowie) and GRAMMY award winning guitarist and producer Larry Mitchell. Erik had some great conversations with David Lindley while scheduling a recording session for Kirsten’s new record. Unfortunately David Lindley had to cancel the day before in Los Angeles but hopefully next time! Erik has also been playing with the Kirsten Thien Duo at her monthly residence at Baron’s Cove in Sag Harbor, NY.
Erik played upright bass and Höfner bass on K. O.’s song and video “The Big Heartbreak” which has received nearly 3 million views worldwide. K. O. explained about his video: “Find out what the great Bob Dylan said to a legendary spy after hearing this song in a Midtown N.Y. coffee shop”.
Erik was on tour with Dave Fields in the Ukraine, Poland, Germany, Norway and Svalbard. The Dave Fields Band played throughout Norway and at the Dark Season Blues Festival in Spitsbergen, Svalbard which is 78% North and roughly 650 miles from The North Pole. The Festival included Rick Estrin and the Nightcats, Diunna Greenleaf, Sugaray Rayford, Grainne Duffy, and JT Lauritsen featuring Deanna Bogart and Jimmy Carpenter. Erik also played with Dave during the Sumer of 2017 in Lviv, Ukraine at the Alfa Jazz Festival which hosted many legendary bands including Gregory Porter, The Yellowjackets, Herbie Hancock, and Chick Corea.
Erik was recently back at Grand Street Recording in Brooklyn recording backing vocals on “The Sweet Lost and Found” for Kirsten Thien‘s next album with Tarriona Ball and Anjelika Joseph, a.k.a. “Tank and Jelly” from New Orleans. Tank and Jelly have been performing with Norah Jones, Mickey Hart, and with their awesome band Tank and the Bangas.
Erik is currently in production producing an EP for Singer / Songwriter Regi Ransdell. The core band will be Steve Holley on drums, Arthur Neilson on guitars, Tommy Mandel on keyboards and Erik on bass.
In March and April 2015, he will be playing in Kirsten Thien‘s band during a two week residency at the Baz Bar in Gustavia, Saint Barthélemy in the French West Indies.
Erik recently played bass on Galia Arad‘s latest record “This Is Lost” released on
January 8, 2015. He also played bass on Tiokasin Ghosthorse‘s record to benefit Native American Children. Alex Alexander is producing and the entire record was completely improvised. Some of the musicians on the session were guitarist John Benthal, pianists Joy Askew, and Tommy Mandel. He recently produced 18 year old Norwegian guitar phenom Magnus Berg‘s latest record “Cut Me Loose” released on November 11, 2014. He is currently in production producing music for Kirsten Thien‘s next studio album.