Eric has long focused on bridging the worlds of classical and rock music. His early professional days were spent as a violinist in the recording studios of Tokyo, followed by a stint as concertmaster for Jimmy Page & Robert Plant's Unledded tour, inspiring him to create The Section Quartet, which quickly became an in-demand studio ensemble for rock, pop & rap artists.
Along the way he learned the craft of string arranging, contributing his sensibility to albums by a wide range of artists such as Christina Aguilera, Sam Phillips, Band of Horses, Def Leppard, Tesla, Sean Lennon, A Perfect Circle, Cassandra Wilson, Snow Patrol, Neil Diamond and Fiona Apple, just to name a few. Producers Glyn Johns, Linda Perry, Nick Launay, Jacknife Lee and Jon Brion often call on Eric to arrange, orchestrate and contract musicians, ranging in size from soloist to orchestra.
Eric has published several rock string quartet arrangements of songs by Radiohead, Coldplay and Elvis Presley, with plans to publish more titles on the horizon.
From 2012-2016, Eric co-hosted Live from High Fidelity, a podcast about vinyl records with his pal Tom DeSavia of Concord Music Publishing. He spends many an hour and paycheck at record stores in Los Angeles and whenever (and wherever) on the road.
In 2020, Eric launched an experimental music project under the moniker tone-cluster, releasing the album KYO 郷愁 SHU on July 17, 2020 via Littlebox Recordings. Using amplified and treated violins, piano, and synths, the music on KYO 郷愁 SHU is a sonic interpretation of experiences he had while living in Japan. More information at www.tone-cluster.com.
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Selected String Arrangement Credits
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NICK CAVE - COSMIC DANCER
A PERFECT CIRCLE - THE NURSE WHO LOVED ME
CASSANDRA WILSON - STRANGE FRUIT
MARIA McKEE -- WEATHERSPACE (Orchestrations)
BAND OF HORSES -- HEARTBREAK ON THE 101
DEF LEPPARD -- WE ALL NEED CHRISTMAS
PUGWASH -- SUNSHINE TRUE
JAMES BLUNT -- YOU'RE BEAUTIFUL
SNOW PATROL - GIVE ME STRENGTH
CHRISTINA AGULERA - HURT
DOWN N OUTZ - GOODNIGHT MR. JONES
MASANORI SERA - JACARANDA
VANESSA AMOROSI - I DON'T KNOW HOW TO BE HAPPY