Composer, performer, music director and recording engineer, Erik Fredriksen is a defier of genre. His compositions and performances cross through many styles of music, from classical chamber ensembles to heavy metal bands. His multi-instrumentalist background, professional musicality and calm but intense stage presence enable him to create music and performances that encapsulates an audience aurally, visually and emotionally.
Based in Baltimore and Pittsburgh, Erik’s pursuits of the performative arts has landed him in a unique combination of artistic roles. His multimedia recital program, Subsist, consisted of several world premieres of compositions in 8.1 surround sound, accompanied by interactive lighting. Erik has three EPs that he wrote, recorded and produced himself, all available on his BANDCAMP for free download as well as all major streaming services: Nebulous Material, which focuses on the versatility of a traditional rock band instrumentation while providing raw, challenging performances and flourishes of contrasting musical styles; Orange Golgotha, a noisy but groovy experimental electronic album that discusses the idea of spiritual energy being tangible; and New Apocrypha, which combines heavy metal, electronica and funk into a concept album based on the stories and influence of non-canonical gospels. He also created a Christmas Album for his family.
Erik became intrigued by A Cappella since he spent his undergrad in The Originals, a Carnegie Mellon male-identifying a cappella group with numerous accolades and placements in top competitions across the US. He has both Music Directed and arranged for The Originals, and produced, mixed and mastered their debut LP, the Twenty Year Album. Erik is also part of the Baltimore Professional Vocal Band Ember, winning the 2018 A Cappella Open Northeast Semifinal and writing an original piece to be performed at Carnegie Hall as part of the International Championship of A Cappella Open 2018 Finals. While an accomplished performer and soloist, Erik's arrangements have been featured in The Originals' first runner sets for the ICCA 2016, SoJam 2016 and Boss 2017 competitions. Erik is taking open commissions for arranging, in addition to providing free arranging consultation.
Erik has also done plenty of work in Theater in terms of sound and direction. He is a resident designer for the 4615 Theater Company in Washington DC, creating unconventional sound systems sprawling across multiple rooms, and composing everything from dixieland jazz to synthesized music fit for a horror movie. He music directed and composed for shows both in the 4615 Theater Company and Scotch n’ Soda Theater, Carnegie Mellon University’s legendary student theater group. Erik has also produced recordings for DC alternative bands Greenhouse and Samsara.
Erik has a received a Master of Music in Computer Music from the Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University, and an interdisciplinary Bachelor’s in Science and Arts with concentrations in Mathematical Sciences and Music Technology from Carnegie Mellon University.