Soulful, spiritual, romantic & inspirational- Erik Hjelt: Musical excellence, expressed through 88 keys. Erik's music has been showcased at many prestigious venues, including The Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite National Park, the Ritz Carlton Bachelor Gulch & the Arrabelle in Vail. He opened a concert for Wynton Marsalis & performed a duo with Billboard chart-topping jazz pianist Eric Reed during his collegiate tenure. World-renowned bassist Nathan East, after hearing the title track from Erik's debut album "Aspen Groove", was complimentary & encouraged him to continue his project. Erik worked with bassist John Peña & Pink Martini drummer Anthony Jones on a few tracks. Erik Hjelt plays powerful music inspired by the majestic landscapes of Colorful Colorado. Erik can perform on his sonorous keyboard of the popular Yamaha Motif line, or he can tickle the ivories on a decently-tuned piano, at your venue, home or special event location. Weddings (Important: Erik primarily plays jazz & is not considered a classical pianist). Erik is available for: Wedding Receptions, Parties, Apres Ski, Dinners, Church Services, Private Jazz Lessons etc. Erik's keyboard has different sounds & rhythms if you want solo keys, but want to hear more than just piano. He can also make available a smooth jazz duo* (Keys & Sax/Vocal) trio* (Keys, Sax/Vocal & Drums) or quartet* (Keys, Sax/Vocal, Bass & Drums). These are just examples.
* Ensembles subject to availability of additional musicians.
Erik Hjelt performs original compositions, jazz standards & soulful pop tunes in an inspirational, romantic & lush fashion. Award-winning; well-over a dozen accolades in scholastic festivals. Solo piano experience includes a summer as a full-time pianist at the world-famous Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite National Park. His music is particularly well-suited to fine dining & romantic settings. A musical complement to the gorgeous landscapes of Colorado, which have inspired Erik's smooth jazz compositions. Erik is also available for custom songwriting, production, studio sessions & gigs with other artists/groups. Erik is based in Glenwood Springs, CO, but is making his services available to the greater Denver area.