Rin Eric was born in Redlands, the navel orange capital, on the edge of the Mojave Desert in Southern California. For a few early years he lived in Hollywood, where onto the school playground wafted the sounds of Les McCann's rehearsals next door. In the fifth grade, relegated to the top bunk because his younger brother had fallen out, he tuned into a classical radio station to soothe him to sleep without tossing. Most effective was the 'weaving' music of J.S. Bach. Rin fell in love with classical music and part of his music life has become dedicated to modern polyphony (with the occasional jazz chord thrown in to give it true modern spice). Along the way he has created a large body of original work in styles including surf, folk, bossa nova, varieties of rock, blues, sitar pop, classical guitar on steel string, new age, country, children's music and more. His work in these styles almost unfailingly uses highly original harmonies.
Rin moved to Santa Cruz, California in 1973 to be a part of the vibrant musical scene. As a versatile singer-songwriter, performer and teacher he is a natural in a variety of styles. While his first instrument was guitar, he has also learned to play cello, flute, drums, sitar and several other instruments.