For more than a decade, Eric Hofbauer has been an
integral member of Boston’s jazz scene as a musician, bandleader,
organizer and educator.
Critics have called him "a brilliant player" (Ron Wynn,
Nashville City Paper) who creates "intriguingly original
music" (Bill Milkowski, JazzTimes) that features "a
good sense of humor as well as great musical intelligence"
(Richard Kamins, Middletown Eye).
AllAboutJazz.com's Troy Collins adds, "Hofbauer brings a wealth
of historical antecedents to his playfully inventive compositions.
A refreshingly original voice, [he] reveals an affable yet mischievous
sensibility in his writing and improvising."
He has earned critical acclaim for his work in a variety of musical
projects, including recent recordings with the Garrison
Fewell/Eric Hofbauer Duo, Garrison Fewell’s Variable
Density Sound Orchestra and The
Blueprint Project with special guest Han Bennink.
In 2007, after years of solo performances and co-leading ensembles,
he founded his own group, Eric
Hofbauer & The Infrared Band, which released its debut,
(Creative Nation Music) in June 2008.
When not leading The Infrared Band, collaborating with local luminaries
such as Fewell and Charlie Kohlhase, or supervising Creative Nation
Music, he teaches jazz guitar and jazz history at Emerson College
and The University of Rhode Island.
In 2009, Hofbauer was honored with the prestigious Massachusetts
Cultural Council Artist Fellowship in Music Composition, which included
a large grant he used to complete a new book on modern improvisation
methods, mix and master his 2010 solo recording, American
Fear (Creative Nation Music), and compose new music for
the Infrared Band's next recording, Level, due in early