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Peter Eggers composes quirky instrumental rock, dark ambient chamber music, demented progressive fusion, strange cinematic soundscapes, funky reggae pop, intric
Peter Eggers is a composer of passionate, powerful, emotionally evocative visual music in mixed genres: quirky instrumental rock, dark ambient electric chamber music, deliciously demented progressive fusion, strange cinematic soundscapes, playfully funky reggae pop, intricate classically-flavored latin jazz, polyrhythmic melodic minimalism, shamelessly romantic tone poems, and edgy electronic contemporary music. Discography: Peter Eggers Extreme Measures 2006 (CD) USA - independent/unreleased Far from normal, Extreme Measures mixes moody lullabies, weird waltzes, and bipolar hymns of bittersweet beauty with unnerving pulse-pounding percussive assaults on the senses. Unleashing forces of primal power and a feverish, frenzied intensity, these are nightmarish visions from over the edge. Churning chamber music of the heart from the dark night of the soul. Composer (13 tracks), Keyboards/Percussion (13 tracks) - recorded 1975-1995 Peter Eggers Wishful Thinking 2005 (CD) USA - independent/unreleased Glass half-full, Wishful Thinking traffics in hopes and dreams, wishes and desires. Fantastic notions, small wonders, and simple pleasures combine with brief moments of perfect harmony to populate intriguing soundworlds and tuneful grooves. Positively user-friendly, its the calm before the storm of Extreme Measures. Includes music composed for film, TV, and dance. Composer (15 tracks), Keyboards/Percussion (15 tracks) - recorded 1975-1995 David Rose Distance Between Dreams 2009 (CD) Japan - Belle Antique (BELLE 091574) 2000 (CD) France - Piano Bass Music (PBME 01) Dark, dreamy electric chamber music alternates with beautifully complex, emotionally explosive tracks teeming with torrents of notes flying from David Roses virtuoso violin and Christian Basile Lerouxs dazzling guitar. Distance Between Dreams is David Roses most famous album, filled with fabulous French progressive fusion. Exquisite music, artistically arranged by keyboard wizard Serge Perathoner, performed with passion and power by the incredibly gifted musicians of Transit Express. Composer (4 tracks), Keyboards (3 tracks) - recorded 1977 David Rose Group Live 2009 (CD) Japan - Belle Antique (BELLE 091575) 2003 (CD) France - Musea Records (FGBG 4391.AR) Fantastically diverse and inventive, this previously unreleased live performance features David Rose on electric violin. Lots of fusion fire and flawless technique as five superb musicians soar through innovative improvisations, primarily based on compositions from Davids solo album Distance Between Dreams. Sophisticated, sensual, and surprising, the melodically rich music is brilliant and timeless, unbelievably alive with excitement and energy. Composer (2 tracks) - recorded 1978 Rose - Worlds Apart 1979 (Vinyl LP) France/USA - Millennium Records (BXL1-7749) Exotic and exceptional, Worlds Apart combines David Roses gorgeous violin with Serge Perathoners colorful keyboards in a cinematic style that is a creative mix of art pop and Euro prog, with deep fusion roots. Vocals plus dual percussion add to its commercial appeal. Rare and highly valued by collectors. Composer (2 tracks) - recorded 1979 fred live at the bitter end 2004 (CD) Germany - World In Sound (WIS-1020) With strange unearthly chords floating over dark obsessive grooves, live at the bitter end is high-octane, aggressive electric instrumental music with Bo Foxs pulverizing rock drums, Joe DeCristophers wailing gutsy guitar, and David Roses wild violin pyrotechnics. The mood ranges from tender to tortured, demented to delirious, always edgy, enigmatic, and full of surprise. Composer (7 tracks), Fender Rhodes (8 tracks) - recorded 1974 fred Notes on a Picnic 2003 (CD) Germany - World In Sound (WIS-1016) Bursting with an eclectic, eccentric diversity, Notes on a Picnic is adventurous, playful, and unpredictable, vibrating with a vivid intensity. The music features quirky melodies, intricate scored parts, tight ensemble playing, complex polyrhythms, sophisticated multi-tracking, and inspired rock improvisation. Furious fun, delightfully deranged. Composer (7 tracks), Keyboards (11 tracks), Tenor Sax (3 tracks) - recorded 1973-1974 Yoko Ono A Story 1997 (CD) USA - Rykodisc (RCD 10420) Yokos lost album from John Lennons lost weekend of 1974. (When Lennon returned from 18 months away from Yoko in Los Angeles, the tapes for this album were shelved). Finally got to hear what we played only 23 years later. Fender Rhodes (1 track) - recorded 1973-1974 fred fred 2001 (CD/Vinyl LP) Germany - World In Sound (WIS-1003) Mystical, trippy lyrics and heavenly vocal harmonies float over mesmerizing fuzz-tone guitar. Haunting lyricism combines with acid rock intensity. Its an alluring atmospheric blend of moody art rock, exotic non-western scales, stunning psychedelic sounds, and European classical music. Curiously captivating. Drums (2 tracks), Fender Rhodes (1 track) - recorded 1971-1973 Album Reviews: Peter Eggers - Extreme Measures Peter Eggers is quite the talented composer/performer...Compositions are keyboard based and take you on varied journeys, evoking emotions you forgot you had (this is not easy to do) - Odd Time Obsessed David Rose Distance Between Dreams ...Distant Relations is a churning fusion barnburner that could have been left over from the Mahavishnu Orchestras Birds Of Fire albumthe atmospheric Echoes features gorgeous electric piano and haunting violinthe best is saved for last with the explosive title track, which combines Magma/Mahavishnu Orchestra intensity...Distance Between Dreams is a monster of a solo album - Sea of Tranquility frenetic and burning progressive jazz-rockChristian Leroux and David Rose perform apocalyptic and violent duels with downfalls of burning guitar notes, sharp and violent violin solos - Musea on the title tune, Rose springs long arching lines over the patterns of his rhythm section, which hurtles along with the precision and irresistible force of an express trainand Starset, which is dedicated to Béla Bartók, glows mellifluously...all around, an excellent record... - Real Paper the fusion of art music and jazz, heavy on electronics, but used in a musical and intelligent way...worth the attention of new music buffs - Newsday identifiable and forceful melodies that are beyond mainstream commercial music...Starset (For Bela Bartok) is breathtakingdark piano and a plaintive violin sound create a tension that is rarely achieved with such little means - Ragazzi the album closes with The Distance Between Dreams, an epilogue in the form of an apocalypse - Rock en Stock fred live at the bitter end the group as a whole is to these ears more enjoyable than either the Mahavishnu Orchestra or the Billy Cobham bandin fact they are providing the kind of solid rhythmic electric music that I didnt think existed in pop circles anymore - Soho Weekly News impressive solos, sculptured unison passages, fantastic melodic escapadesa convincing adventure in sound full of immense power and sophistication - Ragazzi somewhere between King Crimson and the Mahavishnu Orchestra, the album is so powerful and playful that one is surprised it took 30 years to release these recordingsthe sound is fresh, dynamic, forceful, and crispfred's brilliant ensemble playing creates a witches' brew of bubbling virtuoso interaction, while the more relaxed passages build tension for the next volcanic eruption - Babyblaue Prog-Reviews white hot instrumental fusion similar to Mahavishnu Orchestrasimply blazes from beginning to endkiller guitar solos throughout - The Lasers Edge fred Notes on a Picnic the music on Notes on a Picnic is tight really tight like one would expect from a Frank Zappa recordingit is often fusiony in ways that bring to mind early Mahavishnu Orchestra (Variations could have fit perfectly on Inner Mounting Flame)the overall album feel is both adventurous and cutting edgeI cannot compliment this band or recommend this album highly enough and am always struck by the fact that these are compositions from recordings made in 1973for that year or any year, this is a first rate jazz-rock/fusion release - ProGGnosis it's a rarity to find musicians so deeply bondedsometimes seasoned and studio musicians can really lock with one anotherfred takes it much deeper to a freedom that I would imagine many intuitive musicians long forthese guys are great, top musicians with their own soundI enjoyed all of the songs, especially Perverseerance, Variations, and an obsessive favorite, one that will be on my fav list for at least the next decade, Mantrait is simply perfect the theme, the meters, the dynamics, the instrumentation, the composition perfect - Odd Time Obsessed fred combines jazz, classical, and rock for a set filled with instrumental invention and an excellent tight performance - Variety fine progressive rocksophisticated original compositions that feature a remarkably accessible synthesis of rock rhythms with a classical sense of structure breaking into wide-open improvisational jazz soundsHeres a Wet One features a marvelously melodic vocal section and a super guitar/violin duetand with all the musical diversity fred displays, there is a powerful rock bottom to all the music, especially Mantra - Record World powerful jazz/rock, unbelievably vital and energeticmultiple layers of melody unify in a fantastic way the musicianship is outstandingDavid Rose on the electric violin plays up a storm - Ragazzi one of the favorites among Prog Rock fans - Tom Gagliardi, Host/DJ at Gagliarchives Radio Philadelphia
Band/artist history
Played jazz piano in a series of cool groups in college, most notably Innertube with saxophonist David Sholl, who went on to play blistering tenor sax for R&B singer Barrence Whitfield, as well as create the genre-busting instrumental band Four Piece Suit. Played drums for the progressive rock/fusion band fred from Lewisburg PA, then moved over to keyboards. Soon I was furiously composing for fred, and they played whatever oddball music I could come up with. They only asked how to play it, never why, which is pretty much a composers dream come true. It was an exciting and creative time, filled with startling musical growth and an incredible freedom. If I could hear it in my head, fred would play it. Musicians in fred included David Rose on electric violin/vocals, Joe DeCristopher on electric/acoustic guitars, Ken Price on keyboards/vocals, Peter Eggers on keyboards/tenor sax/percussion, Mike Robison on electric bass/vocals, and Bo Fox on drums/percussion/vocals.
Have you performed in front of an audience?
fred headlined at The Bitter End for an entire summer, played at Maxs Kansas City, The Bottom Line, My Fathers Place, Kennys Castaways, Dr. Generositys, and opened for The Guess Who in front of 50,000 people at an outdoor rock festival in Buffalo. The live shows at The Bitter End were mixed and recorded by freds sound technician, Roger Brown, and were finally released 30 years later on CD. Rehearsed with the legendary jazz tenor saxophonist Stan Getz for an entire album of my original compositions on Columbia Records. The first time was with fred, when we met Teo Macero, who was interested in producing our collaboration with Getz. It was certainly a thrill to meet the man who produced my Top 3 Miles Davis albums: In a Silent Way, Bitches Brew, and Jack Johnson. The following year, Getz wanted to try again, this time without fred, but intending to feature David Rose (from fred) on electric violin, along with some top NYC jazz/fusion musicians. Neither album ever materialized for various business reasons, but playing with someone of Getzs melodic improvisatory genius was an amazing musical experience. Played at Merce Cunninghams studio in Greenwich Village at Westbeth Artists Housing, accompanying dancers from The Max Company (their rehearsal space was above the punk-era version of Maxs Kansas City.) Composed the piece Ulterior Motives for the event. Performance by myself on acoustic piano, David Rose on electric violin, and prepared tape multi-tracked with bass violin plus echo effects. Played acoustic piano for singer/songwriter duo Margaret Dorn/Linda Lawley in their NYC group Lady. They were both backup singers for Petula Clark at the time. One night while playing at The Other End on Bleecker Street, Joni Mitchell came to hear the group and sat in the front row. Intimidating, to say the least. Composed/arranged/performed a 2-hour concert of original classical/latin/jazz called Contradictions with a 9-piece ensemble in a downtown Soho loft. Instrumentation was flute, clarinet, soprano sax, alto sax, violin, cello, acoustic piano, electric & acoustic guitars, electric bass, and two percussionists. Tom Johnson, minimalist composer and New Music critic for The Village Voice, attended the concert. He wrote a review for The Voice and included that review in his book The Voice of New Music: The classical element is provided by...the arrangements, which involve little improvisation, some intricate harmonies and rhythms, many textural inventions, and some subtle doublings. The second ingredient comes mostly from the two percussionists, who concentrate on Latin instruments and Latin rhythms. The jazz can often be heard...in the piano work of Peter Eggers, and in the chord changesthe group was so tight, and its conviction so clear, that I found most of the evening irresistible, even in some of its most shamelessly romantic moments. And perhaps particularly at those times. - Tom Johnson in The Village Voice Played drums in downtown NYC art star Richard Princes post-punk band Boystown with Jeffrey Glenn on bass. Jeffrey went on to record epic guitar symphonies with experimental/minimalist/noise rock composer Glenn Branca. Richard Prince went on to form the no-wave band Menthol Wars with fellow Pictures Generation artist Robert Longo.
Your musical influences
Frédéric Chopin Nocturnes (1827 1846) Igor Stravinsky The Rite of Spring (1913) Béla Bartók Music for Strings, Percussion & Celesta (1936) Olivier Messiaen Quartet for the End of Time (1941) Bernard Herrmann Psycho (1960) Mothers of Invention Freak Out! (1966) Mothers of Invention Absolutely Free (1967) Frank Zappa Lumpy Gravy (1967) Mothers of Invention Were Only in It for the Money (1968) Mothers of Invention Uncle Meat (1969) Frank Zappa Hot Rats (1969) Jimi Hendrix Experience Are You Experienced? (1967) Jimi Hendrix Experience Axis: Bold as Love (1967) Jimi Hendrix Experience Electric Ladyland (1968) Miles Davis Bitches Brew (1969) Mahavishnu Orchestra The Inner Mounting Flame (1971) Mahavishnu Orchestra Birds of Fire (1972) Herbie Hancock Head Hunters (1973) Return to Forever Hymn of the Seventh Galaxy (1973) Philip Glass Music in Twelve Parts (1975) Keith Jarrett Arbour Zena (1975) Steve Reich Music for 18 Musicians (1976) Philip Glass Einstein on the Beach (1976) Michael Hoenig Departure from the Northern Wasteland (1978) Brian Eno Ambient 1: Music for Airports (1978) King Crimson Discipline (1981) Peter Gabriel Security (1982) Harold Budd & Brian Eno The Pearl (1984) Patrick OHearn Ancient Dreams (1985) Peter Gabriel Passion (1989) Harold Budd Music for 3 Pianos (1993) Jan Garbarek Visible World (1995) John McLaughlin The Heart of Things (1997) Jan Garbarek Rites (1999)
What equipment do you use?
My instruments: grand piano, fender rhodes, synthesizers, samplers, clavinet, organ, tenor sax, drums, percussion Other instruments/musicians: electric violin (David Rose) electric guitar (Joe DeCristopher, Christian Basile Leroux) fender rhodes/organ (Ken Price, Serge Perathoner) grand piano, synthesizers, samplers (Serge Perathoner) electric bass (Mike Robison, John Lee, Jean-Claude Guselli, Gérard Prevost) drums/percussion (Bo Fox, Gerry Brown, Dominique Bouvier, Claude Salmiéri) percussion (Steve Shehan, Gérard Kurdjian) vocals (David Rose, Ken Price, Mike Robison, Bo Fox)
Anything else?
Wrote the music for Dots Just Right, 1st Prize Winner in experimental dance video, American Dance Films Association, 12th Annual Dance Film & Video Festival. Composed on an expensive Steinway acoustic piano, but recorded using a cheap Casio VL-Tone electronic musical instrument (essentially a toy with 29 teeny-tiny keys) plugged into an MXR phase shifter. It was fun using funky low-tech music gear to produce something quite beautiful/lyrical for cutting edge modern dance combined with high-tech video special effects. Scored FDNY: Brothers in Battle, a 45-minute Cable TV documentary about NYC firefighters, airing on the A&E series Investigative Reports, hosted by Emmy Award winning television reporter Bill Kurtis. Later released on VHS by A&E Home Video under the title Fire Fighters: Brothers in Battle. Much admired, since it was made about firefighters by the firefighters themselves, including Captain Brian Hickey of Rescue Company 4, who perished in the World Trade Center on 9/11 along with many of the other firemen featured in the documentary. FDNY: Brothers in Battle has now become a tribute to these brave men, and is used in training at the FDNY Fire Academy. Composed all internal music for two seasons of Martha Stewart Living, a weekly nationally-syndicated half-hour lifestyle program for Broadcast TV. Created a library of over 4 hours of music containing 412 distinct cues, all instantly accessible via a computer database. Composed/played/recorded/mixed everything in my MIDI home recording studio, affectionally nicknamed Far From Normal Studios. Was also the Video Editor for the Martha Stewart Living series at the time, and wrote the music on a bet with the Producer of the show, that I could come up with better music than they were using. In a long parallel career as a professional Video Editor, edited music videos for The Rolling Stones, Rick James, Rubén Blades, Nile Rodgers, Nine Inch Nails, Branford Marsalis, Sammy Hagar, B.B. King, Richard Lloyd (Television), David Van Tieghem (Laurie Anderson), Guru (Jazzmatazz), Inspiral Carpets, Skid Row, Stephanie Mills (The Wiz), and Gorky Park.
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