New York City
Erich Barganier (b. 1991) is a composer and multi-instrumentalist hailing from St. Petersburg, Florida currently residing in New York City. He writes chamber, orchestral, film, solo instrumental and electronic music that explores microtonality, extended techniques, improvisation, generative processes, and new forms of notation. His compositions have been performed live or as installations across the world in cities as diverse as New York City, London, Florence, Minsk, Sydney, and Kuala Lumpur and his music has been released on several labels, including Nebularosa Records, People Places Records and Janus Music and Sound.
His music has been featured at Diffrazioni Festival, Mostly Modern Festival, The New Music Gathering, Spectra Malaysia, Le Poisson Rouge, New Music New College, New York University, Spectrum NYC, The University of Wisconsin, The University of Georgia, the Florida International Toy Piano Festival, and The University of Alabama among others. He was a finalist for the 2018 and 2019 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer award.
Erich has written for Mivos Quartet, NOW Ensemble, Sybarite5, Quince, Bearthoven, Esther Lamneck, Righteous Girls, and Rote Hund Muzik among many others, presented a TEDx talk focusing on the future of pop music, received public art grants to create electronic installations, worked as the music director for a national company specializing in experiential design for museums and libraries, presented research at IRCAM's Improtech 2017 Conference, taught instrumental technique at various institutions and more.
Erich began studying composition and theory under Mark Dancigers while attending New College of Florida (B.A., 2014). He pursued further studies at New York University, privately studying under Julia Wolfe, Robert Honstein, Joan La Barbara and Tae Hong Park (M.M. 2019).
He was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and taught English at the Belarus State University of Culture and Arts in Minsk while collecting regional folk songs and performing traditional American music across Eastern Europe.
As a film composer, Erich scored Lost in Buffalo City, a horror movie directed by Raymond “Skip” Wallace that has gone on to win the best film award from multiple festivals, including the Jerome Indie Film & Music Festival (Jerome, Arizona), and the Asheville Film Festival (Asheville, North Carolina).
As a performer, Erich has studied and played music across a wide swathe of styles and genres. His "twinkling instrumental work" as part of the Baker-Barganier Duo has been praised by Bao-le Huu of the Orlando Weekly and helped garner the title of "Best Local Album Release of 2017" from Tampa Bay's Creative Loafing for the Baker-Barganier Duo's debut album "...and darkness was upon the face of the deep." Erich has additionally performed as a multi-instrumentalist as a solo artist and in ensembles, having supported the likes of ETHEL, Robert Mirabel and many others.
Erich Barganier’s tracks