An original voice in contemporary and sacred music…

“Lyrical”     “Elegant”     “Neo-tonal”     “Accessible”     “Idiomatic”     “Cinematic”     “Organic”     “Physiologically correct (P.C.)”     “Visionary”

 

Welcome!

You have reached a website dedicated to sharing some original music – “original” meaning both being written by Erik K. Gustafson and being written with a unique “voice” and unique set of artistic sensibilities. In learning more about this music, you may discover fresh musical settings of traditional texts and relevant musical takes on contemporary issues and concerns. Or, you may find tracks of original piano and chamber music that reflect Erik’s classical training or his current leaning towards contemporary New Age and Jazz styles. Or, you may find yourself just enjoying much tuneful music in a style that defies easy categorization.

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 the composer has publicly shared a variety of original musical works since 2001. It has been a privilege for the composer to contribute music within this 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. Please know the news shared on this website includes Current Projects, Recent Performances, and an Events Archive. Please enjoy exploring the various menu tabs and sub-tabs; they easily expand and contract.

Eventually, more features will be available on this website: blog and video components will be added. Also, more digital recordings and scores will be available for download…stay tuned!

For now, enjoy your experiences here…

…may Music serve as an instrument of God’s inclusive love, healing, and abundant grace; and, may this music have an opportunity to speak for itself.

“Speak, therefore, Music; speak.” – from “A Cry to Music,” a poem by John Masefield.

Have comments about this website or questions for Erik? Email them to [email protected]

PROFESSIONAL HIGHLIGHTS

Sheet music

Recent Premieres

 

Take My Life And Let It Be

for unaccompanied mixed choir

(Words: Frances R. Havergal)

 

click here for a recording and more information

 

FEATURED WORK

Sheet music

"Hope" Is the Thing... (2017)

 

 

Recorded performance by

Alecia Batson, soprano

Adriana Repetto, mezzo soprano

and

Erik Gustafson, piano

FEATURED PERFORMANCE

Sheet music

Beyond Words (2017)

 

 

Recorded performance by

Willie Sordillo, alto saxophone

and

Erik Gustafson, piano

 

Recorded, mixed, and mastered

by Wellspring Sound

 

click here to download the recording from CDBaby.com

send an email to [email protected]

to request a physical CD copy of the recording

 

 

Cover art: Faceted, mixed media on canvas,

(C) Allison Coelho Picone. All rights reserved.