OFFICAL BIOGRAPHY FOR HARALD ERICI
ERICI MUSIC/SWEDEN (Svenska)
Composer, producer and musician Harald Erici grows up in Öland, a Swedish island in the Baltic Sea. Surrounded by beautiful nature and animals, at his familys farm, he spends a lot of time exploring the piano. Seven years old Harald gets his first piano lessons with an old lady in a neighbouring village. In primary school he takes advantage of playing in several school orchestras and musical shows.
Music and sound studies at Liljeholmens Folkhögskola are followed by studies at Gothenburg Academy of Music and Drama. By this time Harald formes Ida Olsson Kvartett with singer Ida Olsson Görsch. In 2000 Harald studies Contemporary Composition at Gotland School of Composition, including lectures by professor Sven-David Sandström.
During a stay in Australia, working as a bar pianist, Harald collaborates with Australian producer and songwriter Jamie Durrant. Together they create the Pop act Young Genius. Their first single, Song #1 (Bent Records, 2001), was immediately spread all over Australia.
Back in Sweden Harald heads for a university degree in composition and arrangement, at Piteå School of Music. He also founds his own trio, Trio Erici, and releases the album Jazz på Öländska (Erici Produktion, 2003). The record containes new interpretations of traditional Folk songs from Öland. Harald produces the CD, Hot Percussion (Piteå School of Music, 2003), together with percussionist Anders Åstrand (Kroumata) and Framnäs Percussion Group. He also scores theatre music for Kävlingeteatern (Den Goda Människan, 2002) and Västerbottenteatern (Ruben & Jag, 2003).
In his C-extended essay, Brazilian Cannibalism and Songwriting (Piteå School of Music, 2005), Erici researches Brazilian Popular Music. He travels the South- and the North East of Brazil to explore and learn more about styles as Samba, Bossa Nova, Choro, Maracatú, Baião and Forró. At the same time he begins to record the conceptual album Brasilicum with nearly fifty participating musicans in Brazil, Sweden and Australia. Jaques Morelenbaum, Marcos Suzano, Marcelo Salazar, Diana Clark and Doug de Vries are some of them.
In 2007 Harald makes a special appearance in the English version of Gilberto Gil´s Eu vem pra Bahia on J C Schütz´s album Blissa Nova (Terrinha Records, 2007). Erici launches the album Brasilicum (Erici Music, 2008) in Rio de Janeiro in 2008. The release show has, amongst others, a special particiaption of Brazilian percussionist Marcos Suzano. With Brasilicum Harald creates a foreign concept around Brazilian Popular Music that will be performed not only in Brazil but also in Europe and New Zealand.
In 2011 Harald launches Stagnelius In Concert, an entire concert with new compositions to lyrics by Swedish National poet Erik Johan Stagnelius. He also visits Olinda, Brazil to complete a new album with Brazilian artist Telmo Anum. In the Amazonia project he collaborates with New Zeland guitarist and composer Julie Bevan and Brazilian poet Marcia Theophilo.
In 2013 Harald performs concerts with Emilia Amper, world champion on Nyckelharpa and the Argentinian flutist Ezeguiel Cortabarría Salgeiro. Stagnelius In Concert goes on tour with the 220th anniversary of Stagnelius birth. The album New Beat with Telmo Anum is released the same year.
Erici joins Just Like Wood 2014, a Swedish Pop and Rock band with Americana influences. The EP Moneymaker is released 2015. The same year Trio Erici tours the US and releases a new edition of Jazz på Öländska (Erici Music 2015). The trio performs at the Congress of the Swedish Councils of America and Canada in Rockford, Illinois.
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