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PROJECTS

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 A guitar and drum duo project at once haunted and spurred into action by the memory of musical giants, suggesting a larger story about artistry in the present

remains of echoes duo

Eric Hofbauer & Dylan Jack

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A five-part suite for jazz sextet, recorded live before a studio audience, featuring a freewheeling, improvisatory aesthetic but also rigorous compositional detail.

book of water

Eric Hofbauer's Five Agents

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Four imaginative improvisors from Boston’s eclectic jazz scene. There’s a non-hierarchal notion of the ensemble in this project, as they unabashedly swing at the intersection between the clarity and control of bop and the brash freedom of the avant-garde.

swinging at the intersection of bop and freedom

Hofbauer/Rosenthal Quartet (HRq)

“His aesthetic evokes old blues, Americana, Tin Pan Alley, bebop, and further frontiers. There’s a rule-breaking spirit but also an impeccable rigor, a foundation of sheer chops and knowledge, that put Hofbauer in the top tier of guitarists.” - David R. Adler

adventurous solo guitar

Eric Hofbauer

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"Situating the last century’s classical music and classic jazz in the same modernist continuum.”

- Kevin Whitehead, NPR's Fresh Air

prehistoric jazz

Eric Hofbauer Quintet (EHQ)

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Three renowned voices in Boston’s improvised music scene, extending the jazz trio tradition where each voice balances the others through contrast, surprise and clairvoyant interaction.

freely improvised yet consciously compositional

Pocket Aces