Eric Hirsh

Eric Hirsh

 Durham, North Carolina, USA

chamber jazz you can stomp your foot to


Eric Hirsh is a jazz pianist, composer, and technologist whose mission is to use collaboration as a space for bringing out the best in artists so that they in turn might reach and encourage interactive listeners through their performances. Hirsh performs regularly as a member of jazz/hip hop quartet The Beast and as co-director of thirteen-piece salsa ensemble Orquesta GarDel. He has recently re-asserted his connection to contemporary music practice in performing as a member of New Music Raleigh, a collective dedicated to the works of living composers.

Hirsh is a 2011-2012 Composer Fellowship recipient of the North Carolina Arts Council, and a four-time winner of the ASCAP Foundation Young Jazz Composers Awards. Beyond his undergraduate training in Physics and Music at UNC Chapel Hill, he has received additional instruction at the School of Improvisatory Music in Brooklyn, and the Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead program at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC.

With The Beast, Orquesta GarDel, and leading his own jazz trio, Hirsh has been presented by Duke Performances, North Carolina State University Center Stage, The Stone in NYC, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Busboys and Poets, the North Carolina Art Museum, UNC Center for the Study of the American South, Lake Eden Arts Festival, Shakori Hills Grassroots Music Festival, and The Art of Cool Project.

For this Art of Cool Project submission, Hirsh steps out from his behind-the-scenes arranger and sideman roles to lead a jazz quintet featuring his original compositions, including new works developed under the Arts Council grant. A healthy dose of through-composed counterpoint, with the requisite serving of improvisation in the great jazz tradition, augmented by granular textures from a laptop.


As A Frontman/Bandleader:
none yet

With Orquesta GarDel:
Lo Que Tú Querías, 2011

With The Beast:
Guru Legacy EP, 2011
Freedom Suite Mixtape, 2010
Silence Fiction, 2009
Catalyst EP, 2008
Belly EP, 2007

As A Sideman:
Greg Humphreys - People You May Know, 2011
Shana Tucker - SHiNE, 2011