Eric Hofbauer Artistic Projects
“It’s guitarists like Eric Hofbauer that can make life so very interesting,” declares PopMatters.com’s John Garratt. Critics have called his music “intriguingly original” (Bill Milkowski, JazzTimes), “unique and distinct” (Tom Greenland, AllAboutJazz-New York), “both mischievous and playful” (Edwin Pouncey, Jazzwise) and “as unassumingly compelling as anything out there” (Nic Jones, AllAboutJazz.com). “Technically Hofbauer can obviously play the standard jazz guitar game,” adds Signal To Noise’s Robert Iannapollo, “but it’s clear he doesn’t want to be hemmed in by the clichés of its tradition.”
Known as “a crucial instigator in Boston’s DIY avant-jazz scene” (Jon Garelick, Boston Phoenix), Hofbauer has been one of the city’s most active musicians and organizers for the past decade. When not documenting his own distinctive approach as a solo guitarist, or leading his working quartet, The Infrared Band, he is performing and recording with such ensembles as the Garrison Fewell/Eric Hofbauer Duo, Garrison Fewell’s Variable Density Sound Orchestra and Charlie Kohlhase’s Explorer’s Club. He is also a 2009 recipient of the Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowship in Music Composition, and a teacher of jazz guitar, jazz history and composition at Emerson College and The University of Rhode Island. Hofbauer has a B.M. from Oberlin Conservatory and a M.M. from New England Conservatory.
Fiscal Sponsorship is allowing Hofbauer the opportunity to finish his solo guitar trilogy, continue to compose new music for his project, the Infrared Bands, apply for composition grants to collaborative on international projects, re-organize his independent label with new production strategies, and start a new concert series in Boston.