ABOUT ERIK

Having first come to prominence as a member of the funk-jazz collective Fat Mama, pianist/composer Erik has taken his talents across the globe to play with some of the finest musicians alive. Born in Washington D.C. and currently a 10+ year resident of Brooklyn, NY, Erik exists in many musical worlds, performing and recording with jazz, pop, rock, and country artists like Norah Jones, Rosanne Cash, Citizen Cope, Charlie Hunter, Shooter Jennings, Alice Smith, Shelby LynneTheo Bleckmann, Antony and the Johnsons, Phillip PhillipsJoey AriasDevotchkaErin McKeown, Teddy Thompson, Ben Allison, Steven Bernstein, Ellery Eskelin, Jim Campilongo, Bob Dipiero, Nels Cline, Jenny Scheinman, Allison Miller, Todd Sickafoose, and Art Lande. 

In 2011 Erik teamed with Shooter Jennings to tour and record two acclaimed records, Family Man and The Other Life.  Since 2012, Erik has played hunreds of shows with pop artist Citizen Cope, and is currently the newest member of the Colorado polyethnic-cajun-slamgrass legendary band Leftover Salmon.

Deutsch holds the distinction of being the only keyboardist to tour regularly with 7-string guitar master Charlie Hunter (from 2007 to 2009 he toured and recorded two albums as a member of Charlie's trio).

2015 marked the release of Erik's 4th album Outlaw Jazz.  His previous records include Demonio Teclado (2012), Hush Money (2009), and Fingerprint (2007).

 

The History...

Erik was born in Washington D.C. in the fall of 1976. Influenced early by his grandfather (a professional musican), his father (a barroom pianist), and his opera-singing nanny, Erik jumped into Suzuki piano lessons at age 6 and never looked back. Upon arriving at the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1995, Erik began studies with pianists Art Lande, Greg Dyes, and Robert Spillman. It wasn’t long before he formed Fat Mama. Members Joe RussoJonathan GoldbergerKevin Kendrick, Jonti Siman, Jon Gray, and Brett Joseph are still frequent collaborators. 

After completing his degree from CU in piano performance, Erik stayed in Boulder, CO developing a busy career as a performer and teacher. He played frequently with Art Lande, Ron Miles, Devotchka, Liza, The Motet, Sonya Vallet, and Casey Collins among others. County Road X, a cinematic americana ensemble, formed by Deutsch in 2001 and released two records: "Self-titled" (2002) and "From Seed to Stone" (2004). Triangle, a piano trio feat. Erik's mentor Art Lande on drums, released "Three Sides to a Question" in 2004.  

In the summer of 2005, after 10 beautiful, successful, years in Boulder, Erik packed his things and moved shop to Williamsburg, Brooklyn where he's been ever since...

Discography

ERIK DEUTSCH

Fingerprint (2007 Sterling Circle Records) 

Hush Money (2009 Hammer & String)

Demonio Teclado (2012 Hammer & String)

Outlaw Jazz (2015 Cumberland Brothers Music)

Creatures (2016 Immersive Records)

A BIG YES AND A SMALL NO

Jesus That Looks Terrible on You (2008)

AARON LEE TASJAN

Crooked River Burning (2014 Rockwood Music Hall Recordings)

ALEX HEITLENGER

The Daily Life of Uncle Roger (2008)

ANYA MARINA

Power of Love (single 2015)

Paper Plane (2016)

ARIELLE DOMBASLE

French Kiss (2015 Universal Music France)

AYLER YOUNG

Portal (2014)

BILL KOPPER

El Oeste (2003)

BRANDON SEABROOK

Birth of the Phantom Power Supply (2001)

CARRIE RODRIGUEZ

Give Me All You've Got (2013)

CHARLIE HUNTER TRIO

Baboon Strength (2007 Spire)

Mistico (2007 Fantasy)

COUNTY ROAD X

From Seed to Stone (2004 Adventure Records)

County Road X (2002 Adventure Records)

DAVID SOLER'S DENGA

BotÁnicas (2013)

DORI FREEMAN

Self-titled (2016 Free Dirt Records)

EMMA

Self-titled (2011)

ERIC HUTCHINSON

Easy Street (2016 Let's Break Records)

ERIN MCKEOWN

Mannifestra (2013 TVP Records)

Lafayette (2007 Signature Sounds)

FAT MAMA

Load Star (2000 Phoenix Media)

Live  (1999)

Mamatus (1997)

FRALLY HYNES

Apis Mellifera (2013)

The Light (2010)

GILLIAN HARWIN

Lost 'N Found (2014)

GREG GARing

Self-Titled (2011)

GREG GARRISON

Low Lonesome (2011)

JANS INGBER

The Offering (2007)

JASON BLUM

Radio Dial (2013)

JEFFERSON HAMER

Left Wing Sweetheart (2005)

JEN PUMO

All Over The Moon (2007)

JESSICA LURIE ENSEMBLE

Shop of Wild Dreams (2008)

Megaphone Heart (2012)

JESSIE ROBERTSON

I Came From The War (2014)

JUST FOR MEN

Brunch (2015 EP)

KRISTIN ANDREASSON

Gondolier (2015)

LADY CLOWN

First Lady Clown (2008)

LIZA OXNARD

Bird On a Wing (2006)

LUCA BENEDETTI 'THERMIONICS'

Ta DA (2011)

MARC HOULE

Bay of Figs (2006 Minus)

MATHIEU BLUE

Here (2015 EP)

MEETU CHILANA

In A Sense (2015 EP)

MERYL ROMER

So Sure (2008)

MONDAY MICHIRU

Nexus (2007 Artistshare)

MONIKA HEIDEMANN

Disguised as Umbrellas We Slept (2008)

MOPED

Moped Moves On (2009)

THE MOTET

Live (2002)

MR. V

Welcome Home MR. V (2006 Louie Vega Records)

Roy Ayers Remized (2006 BBE Records)

OPEN AIR ENSEMBLE

Self-titled (2000)

PAPER STARS

Border Country (2014)

PETER YELLIN

#1 In China (2006)

PHONOGRAPH

OKNO (BNS Sessions 2009)

REBECCA JORDAN

Asphalt Heart (2015)

REHKA OHAL

I Miss Everything About You (2006)

ROGER GREEN

El Portal (2006)

RON MILES

Stone/Blossom (2006 Sterling Circle Records)

SARAH VALENZUELA

*Forthcoming Release*

SHOOTER JENNINGS

Family Man (2012)

The Other Life (2013)

SO BROWN

Point Legere (2014)

SONYA VALLET & LOS PROFUGOS GALACTICOS

Moments In Passing (2013)

STEVE VIDAIC

Hearts Look Twice (2012)

STUCK AT SEA

League of Extraordianry Gentle Hymns (2014)

TODD CLOUSER

Man With No Country (2013)

TODD SCIKAFOOSE

Bearproof (2015)Kristin AndreassEn

Goldolier (2015)

TRIANGLE

Three Sides to a Question (2004 Synergy Music)

VICTORIA REED

Chariot (2016)

WILL KNOX

Lexicon (2011

8 TRACK

Falling Up (2006)