Eric Pan

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Album cover for The Awakening (Live) concert

1 Dec 2023  New Album announcement — a free gift to all bandcamp supporters and newsletter subscribers ❄️ ☃️

One year ago, I began playing completely improvised live concerts not based on jazz standards or known patterns — a mode of musical exploration that came with ease … only when I was by myself.
[ read full story on twitter ]

5 Nov 2023 ༶ I’m excited to begin a very special new concert series. The first one is called Tributary #1 — Embarkation, and I’ll be unveiling some new approaches to solo piano for the first time. In addition, we’ll experiment with the concert series format, based on an idea of journeying together, with the audience, as a collective.

Screenshot of photo of Eric Pan and Twitter post about reflections on the past year

1 Nov 2023 ༶ If you’re curious how Year Three of being an independent recording artist went, peep twitter / instagram / facebook for a tally of highlights and heartfelt thank yous 💜.

1 Oct 2023 ༶ Our Travel Poems . Chapter 2 . The night sea release+tour is a wrap! Video from the Taiwan segment (5 shows in total) is also out: here’s a clip of Chien Chien Lu’s solo on “Periscope Forest”, live from Yuppy Book Store in Taipei. With Refa Wang (bass) and Chuck Payne (drums) 🌿

4 Sep 2023 ༶ Presenting the official music video for “Twilight Far”, from the upcoming Travel Poems . Chapter 3 . There is no path back.

The year is 6068. What did art and music from 2023 look like?

Thank you to Falling Sea for production and Initiative Musik for funding 🧡

18 July 2023 ༶ Our “Oak Island” music photo roman is out! Happy with how this turned out: poetic and dream-like.

In February, “Oak Island” landed on the Spotify editorial playlist, “All New Jazz” alongside some true heavyweights. Thank you Sebastian Chiriboga (drums), Dean Torrey (bass), Falling Sea (film production), and Initiative Musik (grant funding).

4 June 2023 ༶ Footage from our release show at Pandora Art Gallery last October has now been put together into a thrilling trailer! Songs included: “Turtle on the Moon”, “On Old Delancey”, “Foot of the Carpathians”. Featuring Giacomo Tagliavia (bass) and Nir Sabag (drums) 🔮

26 April 2023 ༶ Introducing “Noguchi Beach”, the first music video from Travel Poems . Chapter 2 . The night sea ! 🌌 🌊

We worked with production house Falling Sea to put together a reverie-evoking journey through charcoal-turned-pastel landscapes, to score Eric Pan's improvisational track played on the Rhodes piano.

With many thanks to Initiative Musik GmbH for release- and film-funding assistance ☀️

Biography

“You’ve got a great player here.”
Ray Brown

Eric Pan builds multi-sensory playgrounds around music.

Mixing piano, photography, art installation, and immersive storytelling, Eric invites audiences to engage with songs and improvisation through physical exploration.

Imagine going on a walk in the park. In the middle of a grassy field, you discover a colorful phone booth covered in fuzzy balls, built from century-old windows, one skylight propped open. As though you were visiting a gallery, the booth welcomes you to step inside, then listen to music + found-sounds: this is teleportation, or as close to it as anything that exists today.

That’s one way into Travel Poems, Eric’s 2020 solo recording artist debut. The music originated in the rainforests of Costa Rica, a collection of song-postcards composed from stories of people and places. This blossomed a recording tour on pianos across four continents, yielding a 30-track sonic kaleidoscope: solo, duo, and trio performances threaded through found-sound stories also curated from around the world.

Why score music with soundscapes? For the same reason that the phone booth is both transporter & time machine — and why live shows of Travel Poems feature spoken stories woven into concerts. Collaborative improvisation, among virtuoso soloists, and in response to immersive storytelling, allows both listeners and performers to create sound-imagination spaces together.

Starting July 2021, Eric debuts Lullabies of the Pleiades — six concise solo piano pieces transcribed from indigenous Pleiadian songs, each as sung to a young loved one, local to the far constellation. This exoplanetary musicology project aims to amplify previously undocumented music and its connected folklore, with more research findings to come.

Born in Taiwan and reared on-the-go between Taipei, Boulder, and the American Southwest, Eric Pan found his musical footing with the discovery of jazz at the University of California, Santa Cruz. These studies propelled him onto stages with Jeff Hamilton and Roy Hargrove, plus over a decade’s tenure as New York City jazz pianist and composer. Pan’s compositions and improvisations reveal a relentless pursuit of simplicity, craft, and universality.

Rhythm




We already have a way to put emotions in glass bottles 
 actually more like packed into cannonballs, sizzling to the touch: I can make one with my soul and launch it directly to your soul, using no words at all, only pure feeling and fire. That's what music does.

These emotions can be any kind. 
Soothing, or painful and cathartic, or jubilant, for example. But the moment of creation, the act of communication, the catapult: these are movements, and they must buzz in their capacity to electrify.

Imagine a universe where we are connected by shimmering beams of light, everyone to everyone. One quirk about this universe is that the beams send emotions between us, one million per minute per pair, clearly and effortlessly. Joy is instantly contagious. A hurtful thought toward another is understood with compassion, seen alongside the place of sadness where it arose. Every feeling triggers infinite empathy, therefore boundless acceptance. (The beams send only the stuff of our souls, not our thoughts — so we still have privacy, interesting conversation, and the ability to prank each other silly.)

Now imagine we already live in this universe except, long ago, we somehow forgot where the beams disappeared off to. But we’ve always kept music with us, because it’s our best way to speak in the old way.

Eric

Album cover of The Awakening (Live)

The Awakening (Live)
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Album cover for Recollections 8

Sonder House compilations
Recollections 8 + 9

Live

 

Mar 29 - Orania, Berlin
Dec 4 - KitKatClub, Berlin
Sep 18 - Zur Glücklichen Auster, Berlin
Jun 11 - Klunkerkranich, Berlin
May 20 - Twinpigs, Berlin
May 7 - Nirgendwo, Berlin
Mar 7 - Sir Savigny Hotel, Berlin
Mar 4 - Twinpigs, Berlin
Feb 23 - Rockwood Music Hall, New York, NY
Feb 1 - Rue-B, New York, NY
Dec 19 - Rockwood Music Hall, New York, NY
Sep 21 - Cultural Embassy, New York, NY
Oct 18 - Werkstatt Haus der Statistik, Berlin
Oct 16 - Hat Bar, Berlin
Aug 4 - Viessmann Collaboration Studio, Berlin
Jul 14 - Douglass Studios, Brooklyn, NY
Jun 12 - Delizia, New York, NY
May 12 - Brooklyn Grange Farm, Brooklyn, NY
Apr 27 - Rue-B, New York, NY
Apr 26 - Rue-B, New York, NY
Apr 24 - Delizia, New York, NY

 

Dec 24 - Pete's Candy Store, Brooklyn, NY
Dec 15 - Mable House Barnes Amphi., Atlanta, GA
Dec 14 - Speakeasy, Columbia, SC
Dec 13 - Fox Music House, Charleston, SC
Dec 12 - Levine Center for The Arts, Charlotte, NC
Dec 11 - Meymandi Concert Hall, Raleigh, NC
Dec 10 - Harrison Opera House, Norfolk, VA
Dec 8 - Emilio's, Richmond, VA
Dec 7 - Twins, Washington, DC
Dec 6 - Kimmel Center, Philadelphia, PA
Dec 4 - The Crossroads, New Brunswick, NJ
Nov 12 - Jamboree, Barcelona
Nov 11 - Jazzman, Barcelona
Nov 10 - Jazzman, Barcelona
Nov 2 - Moods Jazz Club, Zurich
Sep 29 - Hat Bar, Berlin
Oct 28 - T Berlin, Berlin
Oct 4 - T Berlin, Berlin
Aug 17 - Delizia, New York, NY
Aug 1 - Delizia, New York, NY

Press + Interviews

w/ Olafur Arnalds at Silent Green

Eric Pan’s “Music Postcard 24 . from fire’s reflections” is exhibited as part of Olafur Arnalds’s concert showcase at Silent Green, Berlin

For a Living Season 10 premiere

100-minute interview w/ Daniel Lazar on the For a Living podcast. We discuss music-making, jazz, mixing other art into the music experience, ongoing journeys of Travel Poems, what NFTs are all about, simply; we listen to tunes, toss around books and words, even throw in some bandstand gossip for the culture 🌊 I love Daniel’s attunement and erudition; it’s my favorite recorded discussion I’ve ever been a part of

Campfire Sparks launches

I never saw a newsletter of bite-sized adventures scored to original music, so I had to make one! Would love to welcome you on-board: check it out here 🛤️

Favorite album of 2022

Travel Poems . Chapter 2 . The night sea is selected as one of John Kehl's (of Song Surfing) favorite albums of 2022

Ted Gioia feature

My Thelonious Monk + Frederic Chopin mash-up (or is it a Frankenstein?) makes it to Ted Gioia’s newsletter in his “12 YouTube Videos I'm Enjoying Right Now

“The World” — Public Radio International

We’re on national radio, fam ... and syndicated around the globe! I sit down with PRI and Orson Welles (!) to discuss releasing Travel Poems — thanks to Emilie Pons and Carole Hills

JAZZIZ Magazine premiere

Matt Micucci interviews me for JAZZIZ Magazine, also debuting the first single from Travel Poems, Foot of the Carpathians (music video here)

CMJ + ASCAP selections

“Wheelhouse of Wonder (Welcome Home)” is selected by ASCAP for their magazine, and I play CMJ Music Marathon 2021

Reviews for Lullabies of the Pleiades

My neo-classical piano EP, Lullabies of the Pleiades, continues to receive personal testimonials from people who love the songs. One early write-up was from the discerning publication Music Dances While You Sleep — it's an honor to hear from everyone 💌

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