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SALI - ERIC SALAZAR Clarinet, Bass Clarinet and Electronics




"It is not your stereotypical example of classical music, and Salazar is by no means a stereotypical classical musician. Thatís a good thing, as his unconventional approach to classical music has helped to open new spaces for the genre."

NUVO: Indy's Alternative Voice
Salazar holds a B.M. in Clarinet Performance from Ball State University and an M.M. in Clarinet Performance from Bowling Green State University. He currently serves as Director of Community Engagement and Artist Services for Classical Music Indy where he manages, books, and promotes over a hundred performance events a year in Central Indiana. In this role, Eric produces albums, composes, performs, and manages projects, including mentorship and booking of 40 independent classical musicians annually. With their combined efforts this group brings music to over 200,000 Indiana residents a year, with a focus on people who would not otherwise have access to live music performance.

Ericís purpose for writing music is to create art that challenges standards, unites audiences of uncommon backgrounds, and connects souls through creative understanding.

Salazar pioneers the New Classical genre. He takes his classical training and fuses together modern electronics with acoustic instruments, blending ancient styles with present musical trends. Salazarís connective approach to performing wins the hearts of audiences as he guides them through explorations of raw emotion. Eric Salazar is a Pereira 3D Artist. He plays on a Pereira 3D printed clarinet and ligature.

His latest solo album, Sali, was released in 2023 and was made possible by the nationally-acclaimed Escape to Create Residency. The album contains recordings of Salazar's original compositions for clarinet, bass clarinet, FX pedals, and electronics.

Eric actively writes, commissions, and premieres new works for himself and classical chamber ensembles. He is always willing to collaborate with musicians of a variety of genres on performance or recording projects. His other professional interests include: conducting, social entrepreneurship, community engagement, improvisation, music psychology, and project management.

When not writing and performing new music, Salazar enjoys drinking tea, playing soccer, reading, playing video games, Dungeons and Dragons, and making people laugh.



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