Erich Barganier is a composer and multi-instrumentalist hailing from St. Petersburg, Florida. He writes chamber, orchestral, film, solo instrumental and electronic music that explores microtonality, extended techniques, melodic interplay, generative processes, and algorithmic phrasing. His compositions have been performed live or as installations across the world in cities as diverse as New York City, London, Minsk, Sydney, and Kuala Lumpur and have been recorded on several labels, including Nebularosa Records and Janus Music and Sound.
Erich began studying composition and theory under Mark Dancigers while attending New College of Florida (B.A., 2014). Upon graduating, he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and taught English at the Belarus State University of Culture and Arts in Minsk while collecting regional folk songs and performing traditional American music across Eastern Europe. During this time, Erich helped organize various classical ensembles and led workshops aimed at teaching jazz theory and improvisation techniques throughout Belarus. This experience shaped him as an educator and influenced his teaching style when he leads private and group lessons focusing on instrumental performance and music theory.
Upon returning to the United States, Erich presented a TEDx talk focusing on the future of electronic music and how computers can improvise pop songs. His music was featured at SPECTRA 2016 in Kuala Lumpur, commissioned by New York City’s NOW Ensemble and was featured at the 2017 International Florida Toy Piano Festival. He created a sound installation in St. Petersburg, FL during July 2017 through an arts grant provided by the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance and began a collaboration with New Renaissance artist Elizabeth Baker to form the Baker-Barganier Duo, a chamber ensemble that melds poetry, dance, music, experimental theater and more together in works that have been described by Bao Le-Huu of the Orlando Weekly as “studies in tension, accord and modernity.”
As a film composer, Erich scored Lost in Buffalo City, a horror movie directed by Raymond “Skip” Wallace that has gone on to win the best film award from multiple festivals including the Jerome Indie Film & Music Festival (Jerome, Arizona), and the Asheville Film Festival (Asheville, North Carolina).
His upcoming projects include the commission of an electric vibraphone duo for Georgia State University’s percussion professor Victor Pons, the creation of a new composition dedicated to Geneva Stonecipher as part of an an album highlighting solo organ works by living composers, and a collaboration between the Baker-Barganier Duo and Iranian artist Bahareh Khoshooee to create an immersive installation piece inspired by America’s current travel ban titled Friction of Distance. Erich currently lives in New York City and is pursuing a M.M. degree under Tae Hong Park and Julia Wolfe at New York University.