Modern Sounds in Classical Music

by Eric Heilner

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“Talking about music is like dancing about architecture” - Unknown

I have no grand musical or philosophical treatise that I can expound upon to explain how this music comes into existence. It may sound redundant, but basically I’m just trying to compose music that I like to listen to – music that is interesting, sounds good and that moves me emotionally.

My compositions come into existence via some combination of intuition, serendipitous luck, and a whole lot of re-writing. As I compose, there usually comes a point where the piece “takes over” and starts dictating where it should go - but even then I often struggle to convert this “feeling” into the actual notes. I’m rarely 100% happy with any piece, but usually I’ll get to the point where it sounds decent enough to my ears - or at least nothing jumps out at me as being seriously out of place.

The album title is an homage to one of my musical idols’ albums - Ray Charles’ Modern Sounds in Country & Western Music. In choosing this title I realize that I have placed my scrawny musical neck on the critical chopping block and have left a large cleaving knife handy. . . .

Dedicated to Cousin Phyllis - You will always be in our hearts.

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released October 23, 2020

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Composer: Eric Heilner
Producer: Jack Douglas
Chief Engineer: Jay Messina

Short Story for Viola & Piano Recorded March 13, 2019 at IIWII, Weehauken, NJ
Viola: Leah Asher
Piano: Erika Dohi

Bounce #3 Recorded Nov 15, 2018 at the Power Station at Berklee NYC
Flute: Laura Cocks
Clarinet: John Hong
Viola: Laura Thompson
Guitar: Teddy Kumpel
Piano: Henry Hey

SQrt - Season 1, Episodes 1, 2, & 3
Recorded Oct 4-6, 2018 at ‘The Log Cabin’ at the Manhattan Center & IIWII March 13, 2019
Violins: Michael Roth. Robert Chausow
Violas: Nardo Poy, Leah Asher
Cello: Jesse Levy

The Source of The Beat Recorded January 21, 2019 at IIWII
Soprano Sax: Lou “Blue Lou” Marini
Alto Sax: Lawrence Feldman
Tenor Sax: Todd Groves
Baritone Sax: Roger Rosenberg

The Hum-dingers
Lead Hum-dinger: Colleen Messina
Senior Hum-dingers: Lou Marini, Lawrence Feldman, Todd Groves, Roger Rosenberg, Eric Heilner
Associate Hum-dingers: Josh & Hannah

Mixed at West End Sound, NYC
Mastered at Sterling Sound by Greg Calbi

Design: Hannah | Cover & Logo Design: Rob Signorile

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Eric Heilner New Jersey

Eric Heilner came to classical music composition later than most. After decades of playing blues, rock and R&B keyboards he switched musical gears at the ripe age of 66 and began studying composition at the Juilliard Extension.
Six years later, Heilner has recorded his first album, entitled Modern Sounds in Classical Music, produced the legendary Jack Douglas( John Lennon, Aerosmith etc)
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