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Take Five With...

Taek Five With Eric John Eigner

By Published: June 4, 2009
Teachers and/or influences? Duke Ellington, Anthony Braxton, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Jasper Johns, Lawrence Butch Morris, Joey Baron, Mark Ribot, John Zorn, Bill Frisell, Thunder, Lightning, Wind and Sea, Scuba Diving, Skydiving, Hangliding, World Traveling, Han Bennink, Tony Oxley, Cecil Taylor, Sun Ra, Eric Dolphy, Doug Wimbish, Meshell NdegeOcello, Ani Difranco, Prince, Sly and the Family Stone, Parliament Funkadelik, Elliot Carter, Jack Dejohnette, Joe Foley McCreary, Miles Davis, Dave Holland, Gerry Hemingway, Yukio Mishima, The Beatles, Art Ensemble Of Chicago, George Lewis, Henry Threadgill, AACM, Bill Dixon, Mark Dresser, Sonny Greer, Ray Nance, Bob Marley, Mike Patton, Dave Lambardo, Jim Black, Dafnis Prieto, Terry Bozzio, Frank Zappa, Fantomas, Al Foster, King Tubby, Bernard Herrmann, John McLaughlin, Charles Ives, Marty Ehrlich, Tracy Chapman, Ned Rothenberg, Downtown Music Gallery, The Wire, Signal To Noise, All About Jazz, Bird Song, Cicada Sounds, Bill T. Jones, Slayer, Metallica, Anthrax, Deftones, Ed Blackwell, Billy Higgins, Charlie Haden, Bob Moses, Tomahawk, John Cage, Robert Rauchenburg, Ray Johnson, Willem DeKooning, Jackson Pollock, Lee Krasner, Yoko Ono, Fluxus, Bill Viola, Dada, the Guitai Art Association, Christo, Jeanne-Claude, Max Ernst, Francis Picabia, Pablo Picasso, Lee Bontecou, Philippe Petit, Gerhard Richter, Louise Bourgeois, Francis Bacon, Joan Mitchell, Joni Mitchell, Paul Simon, Tori Amos, Manu Katche, Trilok Gurtu, Big Sid Catlett, Max Roach, Elvin Jones, Warren "Baby" Dodds, Andrew Hill, Tony Williams, Jaco Pastorius, George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, Bill Laswell, Buckethead, Zakir Hussain, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Ronald Shannon Jackson, Living Colour, Janes Addiction, Wayne Shorter, Ron Carter, Herbie Hancock, Santana, Naked City, Masada, Mark Feldman, Silvie Courvoisier, Miya Masaoka, Jennifer Choie, Mike Paton, Bill Laswell, Morton Feldman, Ives Kline, Satoko Fujii, Natsuki Tamura, Katsushika Hokusai, Ando Hiroshige, Ornette Coleman, Don Cherry, Hamid Drake, Brian Eno, Christian Marclay, Nina Simone, Umberto Eco, Kodwo Eshun, Derek Bailey, Pauline Oliveros, Harry Partch, Harry Smith, Stan Brakhage, David Cronenberg, William S. Burroughs, Joseph Cornell, Vincent Van Gogh, Krzysztof Penderecki, Dennis Chambers, Carter Beauford, King Crimson, Fred Frith, Arto Lindsay, David Byrne, Ukiyo-e, Salvador Dali, Santiago Calatrava, Antoni Gaudi, Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, Leonardo da Vinci, Leigh Bowery, Ricky Wellman, Terence Higgins, Zakir Hussain, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Nirvana, Wu-Tang Clan, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Genki Sudo, Fedor Emelianenko, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Huey Newton, Assata Shakur, Bobby Seale, Angela Davis, Noam Chomsky, Arundhati Roi, Howard Zinn, El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, Billie Holiday, Capt. Walter Henry Dyett, Dinah Washington, Sarah Vaughn, Ella Fitzgerald, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, Tony Allen, Craig Harris, David Murray, J.T. Lewis, Brandon Ross, Muhal Richard Abrams, Roscoe Mitchell, Lester Bowie, Famadou Don Moye, Sonny Sharrock, Pete Cosey, Bad Brains, Albert Einstein, Stephen Hawking, Buckminster Fuller, Frank Lloyd Write, Frank Gehry, Birds, Lyrebirds, Monkeys, Lemurs, Sharks, Stingrays, Dolphins, White Beluga Whales, Seagulls, Cheetahs, Miyamoto Musashi, Hoyce Gracie, Morihei Ueshiba, Bruce Lee, Mixed Martial Arts, Lennox Lewis, Free Running, Parkour, Chess, Emanuel Lasker, Jose Raul Capablanca, Aron Nimzovich, Garry Kasparov, Eugene Alexandrovich Znosko-Borovsky, Alexander Alekhine, Mikhail Botvinnik, Arianne Caoili, Judit Polgar, Zhu Chen, Alexandra Kosteniuk, Hou Yifan, Jennifer Shahade, Anna Zatonskih, Irina Krush, Kazushi Sakuraba, Alexander Calder, Homer, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Quentin Tarantino, Jim Jarmusch, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, Zhang Yimou, Akira Kurosawa, Sarah Silverman, Richard Pryor, Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle, Sacha Baron Cohen, Lee Quiñones, Dondi, Rock Steady Crew, The Sugarhill Gang, Zephyr, Fab 5 Freddy, Turntablism, DJ Q-Bert, Afrika Bambaataa, Mix Master Mike, Roc Raida, DJ Shadow, Grandmaster Flash, Grand Mixer DXT, Christian Marclay, Grand Wizard Theodore, Martha Cooper, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Anselm Kiefer, Shirin Neshat, Andy Warhol, Julian Schnabel, Joseph Beuys, Edgar Degas, Claude Monet, Francesco Clemente, Stacy Peralta, Tony Alva, Jay Adams, Craig Stecyk, Jeff Ho, Peggy Oki, Skip Engblom, Bob Biniak, Chris Cahill, Paul Constantineau, Shogo Kubo, Jim Muir, Nathan Pratt, Wentzle Ruml IV, Allen Sarlo, David Ray Perry, Freestyle Motocross, Travis Pastrana, Brian Deegan, Mike Metzger, Nate Adams, Surfing, Larry Bertleman, Laird Hamilton, Kelly Slater, Titus Kinimaka, Lisa Anderson.

I knew I wanted to be a musician when... My mother tells me stories of me demonstrating to her my desire to play music before I could yet speak. It's always been with me. I consciously made up my mind that this would be my path when I was 18 years old.


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