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Take Five With Eric Hofbauer

By Published: May 22, 2012
Favorite venue:
Penn Ar Jazz Festival in Brest France. Amazing producers, superb lodging and food, the best, most attentive and supportive audience I have ever played for—especially since it was a very intimate solo guitar show, but you could hear a pin drop in the performance space from the first to last note of the show.

Your favorite recording in your discography and why?
I have a tie for favorite, Level is my favorite ensemble release by the Infrared Band. It has strong narrative about duality and the balance between opposing forces.

My other favorite is American Fear, one of my solo guitar releases. Again it is one of my favorites because of the cohesive narrative of the pieces on the recording.

The first Jazz album I bought was:
Miles Smiles, by Miles Davis; It really explains a lot in terms of why I play the way I play.

Did you know...
I have written a jazz theory book called The Diamond—Tonal Organization for Chromatic Improvisation, based on my own theory of harmonic and melodic substitutions and poly-tonal structures. I am also half way through a book called Evolving Sounds : A Modern Interpretation of Jazz Vocabulary. Both are unpublished and waiting patiently on my hard drive to introduce themselves to the world.

What is in the near future?
My next solo guitar recording called American Grace which will complete my American Trilogy, which includes American Vanity and American Fear.

By Day:
I am jazz 24/7: by day I teach jazz history at Emerson College and guitar, composition, jazz history and ensembles at University of Rhode Island.

If I weren't a jazz musician, I would be a:
working on becoming a jazz musician.

Photo Credit

Marcus Stern

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