Eric M. C. Gonzalez
is a composer of solo works, chamber pieces, electroacoustic and electronic music for film, theater, the concert hall, and beyond. Performing as agleam, Eric experiments with digital samplers, synthesizers, acoustic instruments, and vocals. Eric is creator and writer of the comic book REACH. Eric has also written collaboratively and solely on several theatrical productions.
Eric’s music and sound design for theater has been heard in Brujeria for Beginners, Mother Courage and Her Children, Only I, What I have Left To Eat, Crocus Hill Ghost Story, Don’t Wander Off, 44 Plays for 44 Presidents, Tall Skinny Cruel Cruel Boys, The Turing Machine, Tingle Tangle, Style Is The Answer To Everything, Code: Preludes, and more.
Film music by Eric can be heard in A Fool’s Tango, the Rhode Island NetWorks Project, The Red End, and Stalled.
Eric has composed music for Zeitgeist, No Exit New Music Ensemble, JACK Quartet, Genkin Philharmonic, and more.
Focusing heavily on the electric cello, Eric maintains classical, contemporary, and extended technique performance practices. Eric performs in his own productions and recordings.
Eric was a Kulas Composer Fellow at Cleveland Public Theatre during their 2016–17 season. Eric was an inaugural member of Theater Ninjas’ Cadre, a team of creative producers who guide the design and implementation of projects, in 2016 and 2017. In 2016, Eric was a Creative Workforce Fellow, a program of the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture, supported through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture. Eric won the No Exit New Music Ensemble Student Composition Commission Competition in 2011 and 2013. In 2013, Eric received the Bain Murray Award for Composition from the Department of Music at Cleveland State University.
Eric earned a Bachelor’s Degree of Music in Composition at Cleveland State University where he studied cello performance, and film music. At Cleveland State University, Eric performed in the Chamber Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra, Experimental Music Ensemble, and mixed chamber ensembles.
"My work depicts stories through sound and music. Explicit narrative, supportive sound design, and thoughtful art music soundscapes project compelling pictures that are unconventional, exciting, challenging, and rewarding. As a classically-trained cellist and composer, I have a deep understanding of the classical idiom as well as experimental and ethnic music, resulting in an eclectic stylistic range apparent in my music.
Whether the work is an independent piece of art, or a collaborative project, I project my distinctly cultivated artistic voice using diverse technology-based techniques. As a cellist I am comfortable improvising and combining extended performance techniques with electronic processing, while remaining true to the idiom of the instrument. I have performed in many different types of venues and musical contexts, and confidently adapt my performance to a diverse array of musical settings.
The sounds I create open a portal through which the listener’s mind moves freely and energetically, maintaining firm cohesion to the work whether it is solely my own, or a collaborative effort. Combining my eccentricities with all of the tools available to me, I enhance auditory experiences by pushing life through music, into the world."