Eric M.C. Gonzalez
Eric M.C. Gonzalez
Eric M. C. Gonzalez is a sound designer, musician, and composer of music for film, theater, the concert hall, and beyond. Performing in Cleveland as Agleam as well as in bands Forager and GypsyWolf, Eric experiments with synthesizers, acoustic instruments, vocals and interactive platforms. Eric is creator of the comic book REACH, and has written and developed several devised works with Theater Ninjas. Eric is Assistant to the Director of No Exit New Music Ensemble, and Director of the events-based string ensemble Forest City Chambers.
Music and sound design for theater by Eric has been heard in Broken Codes, Tall Skinny Cruel Cruel Boys, The Turing Machine, and more. Film music by Eric can be heard in A Fool’s Tango, the Rhode Island NetWorks Project, and The Red End.
Eric is a member of Theater Ninjas’ Cadre of creative producers, and a Kulas Theatre Composer Fellow at Cleveland Public Theatre. In 2016 Eric received a Creative Workforce Fellowship, a program of the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture, supported through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.
Eric has composed music for No Exit New Music Ensemble, JACK Quartet, Genkin Philharmonic, and more. As a cellist, Eric maintains classical, contemporary, and extended technique performance practices. In 2013, Eric received the Bain Murray Award for Composition from the Department of Music at Cleveland State University.
"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."
Eric is a fellow of The Kulas Foundation Theatre Composer Initiative. This program of Cleveland Public Theatre supports the artistic growth and development of composers with extraordinary potential. Fellows compose music and sound design for CPT season productions. The Kulas Theatre Composer Initiative is a nine month fellowship that engages composers in a collaborative process under the guidance of the show producer and director to compose and produce original music for at least one full production in CPT’s professional season. http://www.cptonline.org/artist-opportunities/fellowships/