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 13+ year resident of Brooklyn, NY, Erik exists in many musical worlds, performing and recording with jazz, pop, rock, bluegrass and country artists like Norah Jones, Rosanne Cash, Citizen Cope, Charlie Hunter, Leftover Salmon, Shooter Jennings, Alice Smith, Shelby LynneTheo Bleckmann, Jessi Coulter, Allison Moorer, Phillip Phillips, Dori FreemanJoey AriasDevotchka, Erin McKeown, Teddy Thompson, Ben Allison, Steven Bernstein, Ellery Eskelin, Jim Campilongo, Nels Cline, Jenny Scheinman, Elvis Perkins, Allison Miller, Ron Miles, Todd Sickafoose, and Art Lande. 

In 2016, Erik joined forces with Colorado polyethnic-cajun-slamgrass legendary band Leftover Salmon and has been a full-time member ever sinceIn 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 Deutsch's collaboration with his wife, Victoria Reed, including her debut 2016 album Chariot, is ongoing and expanding. 

Deutsch holds the distinction of being the only keyboardist to tour regularly with 7-string guitar master Charlie Hunter, touring from 2007 to 2009 and recording Mistico (2008) and Baboon Strength (2009).

2016 marked the release of Erik's 5th album, a solo piano recording/DVD called Creatures. His previous records include Outlaw Jazz (2015) 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 in an incredible variety of local musical situations spanning many genres and styles. 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 successful years in Boulder, Erik packed his things and moved shop to Williamsburg, Brooklyn where he's been ever since...

OTHER CREDITS

Erik has worked in film, advertising, television, and fashion, including collaborations with Dell Computers, Miller Lite, Kate Spade, Monique Lhuillier, and the films Begin Again, Trans, and the Curse of Don Sarducci. He has performed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with David Letterman, The View, and Imus in the Morning.

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)

Mis En Abyme (Royal Potato Family 2018)

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)

BENJAMIN CARTEL

Flickering Light (2017)

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)

DANIEL GOODMAN

Keys to the Kingdom (2016 EP)

DORI FREEMAN

Self-titled (2016 Free Dirt Records)

Letters Never Read (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)

GREG HUMPHREYS ELECTRIC TRIO

Lucky Guy (2016)

HILLBILLY MOON EXPLOSION

Of Monsters and Gods (2016)

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)

 

MICHAEL BLAKE

Red Hook Soul (2016 Ropeadope)

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

Fulgor (2017)

SHELBY LYNNE & ALLISON MOORER

Not Dark Yet (2017)

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)

TRIANGLE

Three Sides to a Question (2004 Synergy Music)

VICTORIA REED

Chariot (2016)

WILL KNOX

Lexicon (2011)

 

8 TRACK

Falling Up (2006)