Eric Hofbauer Jazz Guitarist / Composer / Educator

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Back From France – Two New Releases: Ghost Frets & Prehistoric Jazz Vol. 4 – Reminiscing in Tempo

The remount of Arthur Nauzyciel’s reimagining of Julius Caesar in Rennes, France was a smashing success. It was so wonderful to reconnect with the brilliant cast and crew, at this point (10 years into performing this production) we are a family. Like any family, some are no longer with us for various reasons (like our dearly […]

Prof Hof’s Thirty Nearly Impossible Études for Guitar Duo – For Sale! and Downbeat Review.

My new Étude book is available at Amazon.com and was recently reviewed in Downbeat Magazine. What follows is a bit of the introduction which may pique your curiosity to the challenges awaiting advancing guitarists in these pages. More content (video performances etc. ) coming summer 2017. Enjoy! From the Introduction to Prof Hof’s Thirty Nearly […]

Ghost Frets – New Solo Album Released!!

Ghost Frets, my latest solo guitar album, dedicated to my dear friend and fellow six string samurai, Garrison Fewell is now available as of 9/16/16. It features a couple of songs by Garrison including Ayleristic and Blues Update, plus a tune G and I used to love to play in our duo concerts, Monk’s Let’s Cool […]

Awaken the Dragon – The Return of Solo Guitar & Garrison Fewell

I have taken a long break from solo guitar. Hell, I have taken a long break from posting a blog on ye olde home page. Life sometimes has a way of creating obstacles which prevent getting everything done on that “to do” list. It began in summer of 2015 when my best friend, Garrison Fewell, […]

Eric Hofbauer Quintet’s ‘Prehistoric Jazz Volume 1 & 2’ on NPR’s Fresh Air

Jazz writer Kevin Whitehead reviews ‘Prehistoric Jazz Volume 1 & 2’ on NPR’s Fresh Air. I am very honored to have had these recording, which features my recompositions of ‘The Rite of Spring’ and ‘Quartet for the End of Time’ featured on Fresh Air. The review is particularly poetic and filled with imagery which I believe […]

Eric Hofbauer Quintet’s “Prehistoric Jazz – Volume 1 and 2” Released Oct. 28th

Exciting News, CNM (Creative Nation Music) has released the Eric Hofbauer Quintet’s debut recordings “Prehistoric Jazz -Volume 1 & Volume 2”. Volume 1 features my arrangement of Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring” and Volume 2 features my arrangement of Messiaen’s “Quartet for the End of Time”. Both feature the quintet of myself, Jerry Sabatini on trumpet, Todd Brunel […]

Eric Hofbauer Quintet at the Church of the Advent Library Concert Series, 2/7/14

On Feb. 7, 2014 the Eric Hofbauer Quintet performed as part of Matt Samolis’ Church of the Advent Library Concert Series. Matt’s single camera shot frames the band nicely in the confines of the brick lined library stage. The sound quality is good and the full house gave us some wonderful energy to work with. […]

‘American Grace’ Solo Tour Reflections

The Autumn 2013 solo tour has ended. It was a grand adventure, as expected. I got to play in NYC and play a set of Steve Lacy tunes with Josh Sinton and Tomas Fujiwara of Ideal Bread. Then I got to catch up with my old teacher and good friend Robert Ferrazza at Oberlin, as […]

Prehistoric Jazz: The Rite & 100 Years Of Revolution

On May 29th, the centennial of Stravinsky’s premiere of ‘Le Sacre Du Printemps’, I premiered an arrangement of that epic piece for improvising jazz quintet on a concert entitled, ‘Pre-historic Jazz: The Rite and 100 Years of Revolution’ The concert title was taken from a video clip of Leonard Bernstein conducting a studio orchestra from […]

I Have A Confession – John Tchicai Memorial Concert Reflections.

I have to make a confession. I wake up almost every morning and decide not to quit playing music. Let me clarify, I decide not to quit playing and teaching music, jazz specially, as a vocation. I know I can’t quit playing my guitar, in the same way I can’t just quit breathing and expect […]

CNM Announces Two New Releases – American Grace and Recontradoble

In lieu of the world ending today my little DIY, shoe-string budget, pull yourself up by the boot straps, fly by the seat of your pants, rip the shirt off your back (and any other clothing metaphors) jazz record label, Creative Nation Music is announcing the release of two new CDs, Recontradoble by the Pablo Ablanedo […]

BOLT Live @ Open Sound – 12/15/12

I have written in past blogs about BOLT (our motto is Adventurous Improvised Music) which features Jorrit Dijkstra on alto and lyricon, myself on guitar, Junko Fujiwara on cello and Eric Rosenthal on drums. For every BOLT show we improvise a completely new set pulling from multiple vocabularies (jazz, free music, minimalism, modern classical, folk, […]

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The Jazz Omnivore and Individuality

The summer can be a great time for an artist of any discipline to take stock in the direction of their work by reflecting on past projects and starting new ones. Many visual artists, musicians, actors, dancers teach during some of year and usually the summer affords us the time (for we can usually afford […]

‘American Grace’ Recorded! – Trilogy Nears Completion

The recording of the music for the last CD in my American Trilogy is complete! 4 days of total solitude at my home studio, hours of preparation, contemplation, creative consternation and finally revelation! All the compositions and improvisations have been documented and recorded. What an experience. Very intense and certainly rewarding, if you have not […]

Solo Set From House Concert @ Garrison Fewell’s Place – 2/12/12

This is  a 13 minute mini set where I play straight through connecting 4 different pieces together. I start with my own ‘Jac Mac Talkin’ from the Infrared Band recording Myth Understanding. Next I move to ‘I Guess I’ll Hang My Tears Out To Dry’ into Joe Oliver’s ‘West End Blues’. Both of which are […]

The Toy-chestra @ Junk Kitchen – 1/27/12

My friends Esther Viola and Ben Dicke just started a concert series called the ‘Junk Kitchen’, which runs the first Friday of every month at the Outpost in Cambridge MA, and our group, First Worst Thirst, is the house band for each show. Each month there is a different theme to the concert and this brings in a myriad of […]

Rock You Like A Hurricane: Why The 80s Matter To Jazz

One of the most lasting innovations coming out of Louis Armstrong’s revolutionary period of development and growth in the late 20s and early 30s was the use of pop songs in jazz repertoire. By jazz repertoire, I mean songs that are basically blueprints, structures or contexts for improvisation and specifically jazz soloing. This is distinctly […]

One From The Vault: Part 2

Or… this could be called One From the Dusty Old Duffle Bag, because that is where I found this week’s selection. Apparently I have a black duffle, stuffed away on a shelf in my studio after my move, which is filled with old CD and DAT masters and live recordings. Basically, the contents of this […]

Penn Ar Jazz – Atlantique Jazz Festival Reflections Pt. 1

One month later and I still think about my experiences at the Penn Ar Jazz Festival almost everyday. There are a few moments that stand out in my memory and have proved to have a deep influence on my recent attitudes towards music and the music industry. My first weekend in France (in Brittany specifically […]

Hofbauer, Karayorgis, William, Gray at Johnny D’s 11/2/11 + Upcoming shows

It has been a long while since I have posted. There has been a lot going on in the last month. The last half of October I was in France on my first ever solo tour out of the U.S. It was an amazing experience and I plan on blogging about it all in detail […]

Music as Memory: 9/11, American Vanity and Fear

During this week of remembrance and reflection I would like to share two pieces from my American series. Of all my work, my two solo albums have been most influenced by the events of September 11th, 2001. In the wake of the tragedy of that day, I recorded American Vanity, an exploration into what I […]

One From The Vault: Part 1

Every once and a while it is fun to dig into my library of recorded material, brush off the dust of a track or two and take a listen. I have tons of ‘never-been-released’ material that is ‘in the can’ (record label jargon for a finished product sitting on the shelf waiting to be released) […]

New Projects, New Music, and New Look Site

In the last month I have connected with some of my favorite musicians in town (Boston) and not only did we play some great gigs but decided to pursue working together as ensembles. The first group is a quintet formed by the amazing saxophonist Tom Hall (check out his site, he is a prolific performer […]