Eric Dries is a pianist, composer and educator who explores the innovative connections between traditional jazz, free improvisation, and contemporary classical music. His work explores a wide range of stylistic practices in diverse performance situations. He is interested in exploring experimentation while honoring the fundamental tenets of the jazz tradition.
Mr. Dries began his jazz studies with Richard Davis and Les Thimmig and music composition studies with Stephen Dembski at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He continued at UC San Diego where he received a master’s in music theory and doctorate in composition studying with Rand Steiger, Brian Ferneyhough, and George Lewis. He currently teaches music composition, theory, jazz, and technology at California State University Fullerton School of Music.
Eric Dries has performed and recorded with some of the top studio and freelance musicians in southern California where he is in high demand at high-profile performance venues. His solo piano performances reinterpret and invigorate the tradition of jazz standards by expanding harmonic and melodic components with an underpinning of rhythmic experimentation.