An original voice in contemporary and sacred music…
“Lyrical” “Elegant” “Neo-tonal” “Idiomatic” “Cinematic” “Organic” “Visionary”
…may this music serve towards expressions of peace, love, grace, and healing in the world;
and, may this music speak for itself.
“Speak, therefore, Music; speak.” – from “A Cry to Music,” a poem by John Masefield.
You have reached a website dedicated to sharing some original music– by Erik K. Gustafson (born 1972), an American composer with a distinctive voice and unique sensibilities. Here, you may discover fresh musical settings of traditional texts; or, you may discover relevant takes on contemporary issues through music. You may also find tracks of original piano and chamber music that reflect Erik’s classical training or that reflect his current leaning towards contemporary New Age and Jazz styles. Or, you’ll likely just enjoy some tuneful music!
You may already be familiar with some of this music – as presented on YouTube, through the composer’s own world-wide channel. Or, you may be familiar with this music through services and events held at Old South Church in Boston, where Erik has contributed a variety of original musical works since 2001. In this latter setting, the composer has had the privilege of publicly sharing music within a progressive Christian community and open spiritual environment.
On this website, you are invited to experience this music in a variety of ways: through shared news and updates, through shared score excerpts, and through actual recorded music from live or studio-based performances. You are also invited to peruse Erik’s professional background through his Biography and downloadable Artistic Resume. And, you are invited to review the updates shared on this website, including Current Projects, Recent Performances, and an Events Archive.
Enjoy exploring this website and experiencing its content!
Have comments or questions for Erik? Email them to [email protected].
Words: Shirley Erena Murray
© 1998 Hope Publishing Company, Carol Stream, IL 60188. All rights reserved. Used by permission.
To obtain permission to use or copy this hymn please visit www.hopepublishing.com
To view and/or purchase a .pdf of the full score, please send an inquiry to [email protected]
Premiere performance held at Old South Church in Boston on Reformation Sunday, October 27th 2019
Agita Arista, flute
Sam Ou, violoncello
Paul Soper, cantor
Erik Gustafson, piano
George Sargeant, organ
Chancel Choir, Old South Church in Boston
Mitchell Crawford, conductor and Minister of Music, Old South Church in Boston