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"MHN Management Welcomes Erik Lawrence to its Roster"

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 6, 2009


MHN Management is proud to announce world renowned musician, composer and teacher, Erik Lawrence, is joining its roster in New York.

MHN is promoting his latest release, "Hipmotism" featuring Erik on baritone, tenor, alto and soprano saxophones and flutes, Steven Bernstein on slide and valve trumpets, Rene Hart on acoustic bass and Allison Miller on drums.

To learn more about Erik Lawrence and where you can listen to his magic sax view www.hipmotism.com or contact Maria Infantine, J.D., MHN Management at minfantine@mhnmanagement.com

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"Erik Lawrence & Hipmotism"

NOVEMBER 2007
Erik Lawrence & Hipmotism

By Forrest Dylan Bryant

Stomping gleefully over New Orleans standards and creeping into the dark corners of Pink Floyd’s “Shine On You Crazy Diamond,” this freewheeling foursome serves up a loose amalgam of raucous merrymaking, slow, stately marches and haunted paranoia. Lawrence’s croaking percolation on baritone sax leads the way for sly solos from Steven Bernstein on slide and valve trumpets. Rene Hart’s acoustic bass picks up a sinister edge thanks to some effects boxes, while drummer Allison Miller bangs and shuffles with equal bravado.

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"CD Review: Erik Lawrence & Hipmotism"

CD Review: Erik Lawrence & Hipmotism
Erik Lawrence & Hipmotism


Independent, 2007

Take a trip down to New Orleans and steep in the sexy soul of jazz, blues, and rock ’n’ roll. Sax master Erik Lawrence has teamed up with the brilliantly hip and slickly hypnotic Hipmotism—Steven Bernstein on slide and valve trumpets, Rene Hart on acoustic bass and gadgets, and Allison Miller on drums—and the fare consists of a very fine selection of cool covers: Duke Ellington’s slo-mo “Creole Love Call,” The Beatles’ “Come Together,” Dinah Washington’s strutting “Soulville,” and Fats Domino’s sorrowful “Going To The River.” Pink Floyd’s “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” is an unexpected treat to hear from a jazz ensemble: bass, drums, and chimes sliding slow as molasses behind bluesy brass. Some of the more upbeat tunes are Lawrence’s own; “Sonny Days” is hard-rollicking dance-worthy bop and “Time The Is Now” is heavy on horns and breakneck drums.

The CD is dedicated to Fats himself and all the folks of the lower Mississippi who were victimized by Hurricane Katrina, and it was recorded in just one day of first takes at the Woodstock studio of Levon Helm just one week before the tragedy hit. The resulting collaboration between these artists—and their respective solos within the songs—call back the ghosts of those souls lost in the storm and those who brought us the moxie of this music in the first place. www.hipmotism.com.

- Chronogram by Sharon Nichols, November 27, 2007


"CD Review: Cleghorn / Lawrence / Hart / Miller"

CD Review: Cleghorn / Lawrence / Hart / Miller
Merge (Art of Hearing Publishing, 2006)


Perhaps the thought of “jazz poetry” makes you run screaming. Chances are you’ll change your mind upon hearing Merge. This CD smokes. It also tears your heart out.

Poet Cassandra Cleghorn pulls out her most somber themes and hammers them down on 18 tracks with some truly wicked players at her side—saxophonist/flautist and Levon Helm side man Erik Lawrence and members of Lawrence’s own band, Hipmotism, bassist Rene Hart, and drummer Allison Miller. Though brilliant as a collaboration, each player occasionally takes on solo roles, creating magic on the spot that also feels effortless.

Recorded and mixed at Levon Helm Studios in Woodstock and produced by Cleghorn and Lawrence, this multi-textured recording takes the listener on a journey through an emotional labyrinth—the light-as-air “Firefly”; the intimate and angry “Project Grizzly”; the smooth and sultry “Honey”; the introspective, stripped-down “Winds Blow Through Me.” By the time you find your way out of this heady maze, you’ll feel changed in a way you may not be able to pinpoint. Whether you’re a poet, a musician, both, or neither, this thinking-man’s album is worth a spin if you’re ready for something surreal. Just close your eyes and become one with the strange fruit of Merge. www.mergepoetrymusic.com

- Chronogram by Sharon Nichols, February 22, 2007


"CD Review: Erik Lawrence & Hipmotism"

Anyone who’s ever made it to one of Levon Helm’s Midnight Ramble sessions in Woodstock will no doubt remember saxophonist Erik Lawrence. Planted squarely in the brass section at stage left, the shaggy-goateed reedsman can be found laying out the crucial, soulful lines that buttress the band’s famously down-home sound. But outside of his coveted Ramble gig, Lawrence leads two fine bands of his own: the jazzpoetry project Merge, which released an excellent self-titled CD last year, and Hipmotism, a quartet that also features Lawrence’s Ramble foil, trumpet ace Steven Bernstein, and the Merge rhythm section of bassist Rene Hart and monster drummer Allison Miller. Although the group’s members have long worked in all stripes of jazz and its many tangents, Hipmotism’s methodology is an irresistibly unapologetic return to the music’s base—the blues, specifically those of the deeply funky New Orleans variety. Using feet-warming Mardi Gras shuffles as the jumping-off point, the foursome not only works out on Crescent City standards by Earl King and Fats Domino but also applies its gumbo-dipped basting brush to The Beatles’ “Come Together” and—believe it—Pink Floyd’s “Shine On You Crazy Diamond,” stretching them both to places even their psychedelic creators couldn’t have predicted. But it’s when things are at their most blues-pronounced that Hipmotism’s richly infectious approach is really in full force; check the sweet, mournful groove of Duke Ellington’s “Creole Love Call” or the noir-ish sledgehammer swing of Doc Pomus’ “Lonely Avenue.” A thoroughly solid effort with as much hips as brains, this disc will be an instant hit with jazz lovers—as well as with those who claim not to be. - Independent - Reviewed by Peter Aaron


Discography

Hipmotism, Released April 2007 (Genre: Nu-Jazz / Soul)
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Erik has performed on the following recent commercial recordings:

Levon Helm: Electric Dirt (2009)
Gina Ferrera & The Philadelphia Gyil Fusion Project (2009)
Andrew Rothstein: With of the Staircase (2009)
Steven Bernstein’s Millenial Territory Orchestra: We Are MTO (2008)
Levon Helm Band: Merlefest Ramble 4/26/08 (2008)
Ollabelle: Before This Time(2008)
Joan As Policewoman: To Be Loved (2008)
Pete Levin: Certified Organic (2008)
Junior League Band: Mitchell Williams Fo Govena (2008)
Catherine Russell: (2008)
Roman Klun: Kingsway (2008)
Rebel Red: Sex, Religion, Politics (2008)
Up South Twisters (2008)
Erik Lawrence and Hipmotism/HIPMOTISM (2007)
Darlene Love: It’s Christmas, Of Course (2007)
Erin McKeown: Lafayette (2007) (wrote horn arrangements)
Lisa McCormick: Talisman Groove (2007)
Merge: Merge (2006)
Steven Bernstein’s Millennial Territory Orchestra: Vol 1 (2006)
Levon Helm All Stars: Midnight Ramble Vol 2 (2006)
Trey Anastasio: Dragonfly 2006
A Very Kid’s Christmas/Pottery Barn Kids (2005)
Robert Mosci: Holidays (2004)
Ultra Blue: Dust 2 Dawn (with Dave Stryker) (2003)
Chico Hamilton: Foreststorn (2001)
Chico Hamilton: Thoughts Of... (2002)
Gina Ferrera: Blended Beat
Xumantra: Dance of Life (2002)
Joan Osborne: Righteous Love (2002)
Robert Mosci: Frankly Speaking (2002)
Robert Mosci: One By One (1999)
Robert Mosci: First Portrait (1996);
Joe Gallant and Illuminati: Shadowland
Woodstock Holidays (with John Simon)
John Simon: Harmony Farm (1999)
King Happy: In My Country
Killer Joe: Scene of the Crime
Jackie Cain & Roy Kral: Jackie and Roy Forever (1994)
AC Reed and the Spark Plugs: Junk Food
Eric Schenkman (guitarist from the Spin Doctors) and the Chrysalids: Make a Sound
Eric Schenkman: Don’t go to War
Marya Lawrence and Metamorphosis: All the Way Back
Deanna Kirk: Where are You Now
Sloan Wainwright (self titled)
Jonathan Best: Songs from Before (I got Laid)
Gabrielle Roth and the Mirrors with Boris Grebenshikov: Refuge
Chaula Hopefisher: Multi Colored Chant
Angus: Face the Day (with Levon Helm)

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Bio

Erik Lawrence, a longtime Levon Helm sideman, has built his career as a Saxophonist/Flutist/Composer/Music Journalist /Poet /Educator. Son of jazz saxophonist and rock and roll guru Arnie Lawrence, who founded the New School of Jazz in New York City and the International Center for Creative Music Studies in Jerusalem, Erik began playing saxophone at five years old.

Erik’s music is diverse, soulful, thoughtful, funky and deeply creative. Time and again Erik has been selected by artists for his strong, sensitive, unique voice and sensitivity to complement an artist’s music.

Erik currently leads Hipmotism, an innovative group featuring Sex Mob’s Steven Bernstein on slide trumpet, Allison Miller (Ani DiFranco’s drummer) and bassist Rene Hart and the multi-media ensemble Merge, which he co-leads with poet Cassandra Cleghorn.

His career as a sideman has been marked with legendary artists including Levon Helm, Buddy Miles, Chico Hamilton, Joan Osborne, Sonny Sharrock, The Spin Doctors, The Band with Bob Dylan, master Tibetan flutist Nawang Khechog as well as poets Robert Pinsky, Frank Messina, Jane LeCroy and Barry Wallenstein.

Proudly a member of legendary Levon Helm’s Band, with whom he has shared the stage with Elvis Costello, Allen Toussaint, Jack DeJohnette, Robert Plant and Allison Kraus, Sheryl Crow, John Hiatt, Emmylou Harris, Rickie Lee Jones, Nick Lowe, Gillian Welch, Warren Haynes, Phil Lesh, Buddy Miller, Donald Fagan, Bruce Hornsby, Phoebe Snow and many others.

Often considered a key component to the game Six Degrees of Separation, Erik recently galvanized that status by jamming with Kevin Bacon!

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Erik has performed on the following recent commercial recordings:

Levon Helm: Electric Dirt (2009)
Gina Ferrera & The Philadelphia Gyil Fusion Project (2009)
Andrew Rothstein: With of the Staircase (2009)
Steven Bernstein’s Millenial Territory Orchestra: We Are MTO (2008)
Levon Helm Band: Merlefest Ramble 4/26/08 (2008)
Ollabelle: Before This Time(2008)
Joan As Policewoman: To Be Loved (2008)
Pete Levin: Certified Organic (2008)
Junior League Band: Mitchell Williams Fo Govena (2008)
Catherine Russell: (2008)
Roman Klun: Kingsway (2008)
Rebel Red: Sex, Religion, Politics (2008)
Up South Twisters (2008)
Erik Lawrence and Hipmotism/HIPMOTISM (2007)
Darlene Love: It’s Christmas, Of Course (2007)
Erin McKeown: Lafayette (2007) (wrote horn arrangements)
Lisa McCormick: Talisman Groove (2007)
Merge: Merge (2006)
Steven Bernstein’s Millennial Territory Orchestra: Vol 1 (2006)
Levon Helm All Stars: Midnight Ramble Vol 2 (2006)
Trey Anastasio: Dragonfly 2006
A Very Kid’s Christmas/Pottery Barn Kids (2005)
Robert Mosci: Holidays (2004)
Ultra Blue: Dust 2 Dawn (with Dave Stryker) (2003)
Chico Hamilton: Foreststorn (2001)
Chico Hamilton: Thoughts Of... (2002)
Gina Ferrera: Blended Beat
Xumantra: Dance of Life (2002)
Joan Osborne: Righteous Love (2002)
Robert Mosci: Frankly Speaking (2002)
Robert Mosci: One By One (1999)
Robert Mosci: First Portrait (1996);
Joe Gallant and Illuminati: Shadowland
Woodstock Holidays (with John Simon)
John Simon: Harmony Farm (1999)
King Happy: In My Country
Killer Joe: Scene of the Crime
Jackie Cain & Roy Kral: Jackie and Roy Forever (1994)
AC Reed and the Spark Plugs: Junk Food
Eric Schenkman (guitarist from the Spin Doctors) and the Chrysalids: Make a Sound
Eric Schenkman: Don’t go to War
Marya Lawrence and Metamorphosis: All the Way Back
Deanna Kirk: Where are You Now
Sloan Wainwright (self titled)
Jonathan Best: Songs from Before (I got Laid)
Gabrielle Roth and the Mirrors with Boris Grebenshikov: Refuge
Chaula Hopefisher: Multi Colored Chant
Angus: Face the Day (with Levon Helm)

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Erik has performed and/or recorded with numerous artists in his roles as sideman and bandleader. Notable artists include:

Chico Hamilton (legendary Jazz drummer)
Neville Family Affair (featuring Aaron Neville and his sons)
Buddy Miles
Elvis Costello and Allen Toussaint
Steven Bernstein’s Millennial Territory Orchestra
David Amram
Rickie Lee Jones
Sonny Sharrock (Avant Garde Guitar Legend)
The Band
Levon Helm
Bob Dylan
Robert Plant and Allison Krauss
Little Feat
Swell Season
Nawang Khechog (Tibetan Flute Master)
David Bromberg
The Spin Doctors
John Popper (from Blues Traveler)
Medeski Martin Wood
Darlene Love
Joan Osborne
Phil Lesh and Friends
Joan as Policewoman
Bruce Hornsby
Branford Marsalis
Masters of the Groove: Bernard Purdie, Grant Green Jr, Reuben Wilson
David Bromberg
Istanbul Orchestra
Jackie Cain and Roy Kral
Arnie Lawrence
John Cale (from Velvet U