Pianist, composer, arranger, teacher, producer—these are some of the faces Erik Deutsch has shown the world. An intensely creative and talented player, he has the ability to lend his sound to an impressive array of musical endeavors.
After a decade in Colorado, Erik is now a resident of Brooklyn, New York. His current projects include Erik Deutsch Band, Shooter Jennings, Steven Bernstein's Diaspora Soul, Norah Jones, Jessica Lurie Ensemble, Jim Campilongo and Highspace, Trevor Dunn's Madlove, Ben Allison Band,, Erin McKeown Band, Ron Miles Band, David Soler Denga Project, and a partnership with house music guru Mr. V.
Alongside Deutsch's work in original music, he thoroughly enjoys putting together special ensembles for parties, weddings, and other private events---nearly 20 such events nationally and internationally in the past few years. Recent privates have included trips to Colorado, North Carolina, and Puerta Vallarta, Mexico. It's safe to say that most clients will recommend Erik's party band as "the best they've ever seen."
Erik has the honor of being the lone full-time keyboardist to work in Charlie Hunter's band. During his three-year of duty, the trio traveled to the far corners of the globe. Performances in Russia, Turkey, Greece, Morocco, and Mexico have been highlights. The trio released Mistico (Concord/Fantasy) in 2007 and Baboon Strength (Spire Artists) in September of 08.
Erik released a new record entitled Hush Money in November 2009. The album features Mike McGinnis (reeds), Sara Schoenbeck (bassoon), Jonathan Goldberger (guitar), Jonti Siman (bass), Marc Dalio (drums), and special guests Eric Biondo (trumpet) and Barry Saunders (bari sax). The musics is a foray into the cinematic realm of Deutsch's compositional mind: synthesizers, dreamy reeds, and warm analog tape ooze into the psychedelic soundscape of his chamber-rock songs. Hush Money can definitely be seen as an amalgamation of Deutsch's life-long musical influences.
Erik's previous recording, Fingerprint, was tracked in Colorado in August of '06. Featuring Ron Miles, Jenny Scheinman, Allison Miller, Todd Sickafoose, Ross Martin, and Janet Feder, the session showcases nine of Deutsch's new compositions. Fingerprint was released in 2007 on Sterling Circle Records.
Erik's group County Road X, formed in 2001, performs cinematic-Americana music (imagine a Stanley Kubrick/Sergio Leone double-feature with an electric Miles Davis soundtrack).
Triangle, a piano trio featuring Art Lande on drums, is another of Deutsch's long-term projects. The group focuses on an expansive repertoire while exploring modern rhythm and harmony.