Eric Roberts is an accomplished classical and jazz guitarist and bassist as well as composer, and has been playing professionally since the age of 16. He has music degrees from Ithaca College and the University of Miami and has played with numerous notable entertainers, such as: Chuck Berry, The Fifth Dimension, The Drifters, Bob Hope, Joan Rivers, Anthony Newley, Maureen McGovern, and the Smothers Brothers, to name a few.
Eric's own original music encompasses a variety of musical influences, from Paul Winter and David Darling to Ralph Towner, Eberhard Weber and Pat Metheny, as well as the music of Brazil. His own unique sound comes from a melding of instruments - from the classical guitar, fretless bass and guitar synthesizer to the mandolin and the bandura (a Ukrainian instrument akin to the harp).
He has just released his premiere CD entitled "In a Silent Place", featuring Eric on Classical Guitar, Steel String Guitar, Guitar Synthesizer and Fretless Bass. In addition, Maverick Cellist, former Paul Winter Consort member, and recording artist on the ECM, Hearts of Space and Relaxation labels, David Darling, is the featured guest artist, in addition to Robert Weinstein on guitar and Ed Contreras on percussion. He describes the music as "jazzy, non-commercial new age" and is perfect for relaxation, meditation and quiet contemplation.
•Track “Flowing” Finalist in the “new age” category of the 2009 Independent Music Awards.
•Track “Snow” Finalist in the “new age” category of the 2008 Independent Music Awards
•Track “Cella’s Song” First Prize in the “instrumental” category of the 2007 USA Songwriting Competition
•Track “Snow” First Prize in the “open acoustic genre” category of the 2007 International Acoustic Music Awards
•Track “The River Runs” Finalist in the “new age” category of the 2005 Independent Music Awards
•Track “Cella’s Song” #2 on Comcast cable’s “Music Choice” channel on their “Soundscapes” program weekly Top 10
•CD #1 and #3 in NAR’s (newagereporter.com) Top 100 Radio Airplay for February & March, 2005
•CD #8 overall in NAR’s Top 100 Radio Airplay for 2005
J. Sin / Smother.net
"Roberts' music is New Age guitar jazz. I haven't heard great finger-picking guitar work like this in quite a while."
Dick Metcalf / Improvijazzation
"It is immediately apparent to the listener how talented Eric is. I'm impressed enough to rate it MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED."
Chris Specter / Midwest Record Recap
"Simply a great player that knows how to craft a very special audio escape for over burdened ears."
Catherine L. Tully / Indie-Music.com
"Stressed out, feeling the pressure grab you? Kick back and put this on. You can't stay uptight listening to it."
A. Canales / The Critical Review
"These instrumental tracks make perfect backgrounds for reading, meditation, relaxing, and even for classy entertaining. I clearly recommend it."