ELECTRONIC PRESS KIT
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
Genre: Solo Piano, Contemporary Classical, Jazz, World
Comparison: Nils Frahm, Keith Jarrett, Philip Glass, Ludovico Einaudi
Eckerson's life, musical and otherwise, has been that of a nomad since his teenage years, when he left his hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio to pursue his musical career. Since then he has lived in Charleston, South Carolina, San Sebastian, Spain, San Francisco, California, Seattle, Washington, and Asheville, North Carolina, and has recently returned to Cincinnati with his family to continue his musical career in his hometown. Throughout his travels he has written music and performed in multiple groups on both U.S. Coasts, Canada, and Europe, recording with members of the Ray Charles Orchestra, writing string arrangements for the Magik*Magik Orchestra, receiving his Master's degree in Music Production and Sound Design from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, and writing original music for multiple award winning films, commercials, and animation projects.
2016 and 2017 saw two full length albums for solo piano written and produced by Tristan, both of which were released by esteemed Contemporary Classical label 1631 Recordings (Nils Frahm, Hauschka, Dustin O'Halloran). Tristan also promoted these albums with extensive tours throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. In 2018 Tristan self released his third full length album "Dream Variations", which was critically acclaimed and to date has been streamed over one million times.
Following the release of "Dream Variations", Tristan was signed to composer Benson Taylor's record label A Remarkable Idea, a sub-label of Universal Music Group, alongside such iconic artists as Anoushka Shankar, Maximo Park, Bloc Party, and Meshell Ndegeocello. Tristan's full length solo piano album for A Remarkable Idea is due out this spring.
Most recently Tristan has composed a five track solo piano EP for Kyle McEvoy's New York label Sonder House. The EP "At Home" is due out April 19th and will also be accompanied by a series of music videos featuring professional modern and ballet dancers from Japan, France, Germany, and Brazil.
Notable Venues Played:
Sofar Sounds, Berlin, Germany
Klavins Piano Manufaktura, Budapest, Hungary
Freilich Open Arts, Vienna, Austria
Feinkost Lampe, Hannover, Germany
Fabrica Braco de Prata- Lisbon, Portugal
Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA (Noise Pop Festival)
Pianos- New York City, NY
Array Space- Toronto, ON
Bottom of the Hill, San Francisco, CA
Elastic Arts- Chicago, IL
Bad Lunch- Montreal, QC
The Music Farm, Charleston, SC
Midpoint Music Festival, Cincinnati, OH
"Starting with a bittersweet and beautifully simple melody layered over rich, percussive chords, “Endeavour” evolves into a multi-textured piece that juxtaposes mournful moments with flashes of hope." - Second Inversion
"Proving that modern classical can contain considerable emotional heft, Tristan Eckerson offers a bright, brilliant, and beautiful world on the serene “Oscuridad.” - Beach Sloth
"The delicacy of the world of Chopin's Nocturnes, in a restful and resolutely contemporary set." - Pro/Prose Magazine
"This miniature song (in length, not in bravado) has already, in the 2 minutes since I've started listening to it, shredded my understanding of life itself into itsy-bitsy scraps." - Indie Shuffle
"Some parts remind one of the playful lightness of Yann Tiersen, the dancing energy of René Aubry, or the repetitive melodies of Philip Glass, while other parts remind one of well-known composers of the European classical and romantic traditions. But everything is illuminated in Eckerson's intention and emotion. When he plays, he closes his eyes and sinks into the music; when he speaks, he is enthusiastic about the piano he is sitting at, as if talking about a loved one." - JacJournal
"Disarm is a vibrant album, occasionally slowing down to linger in tender moments, but full of twists & turns and changes of pace as Eckerson effortlessly stirs up a lively stew of neoclassical, blues, jazz, and contemporary motifs." - Stationary Travels
"The single is an instrumental delight which provocatively combines an array of eclectic sounds to create a full-bodied celestial experience for listeners." - Northern Transmissions
"The track swells like a symphony that builds up like watching a growing tree observed through elapsed time that stems from a bud in the ground to a full-fledged tower of branches, leaves, and natural offerings for the world." - Impose Magazine
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