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ENDANGERED  SPEECHES
Young Lions Jazz Trio,  Jumpin’ Off a Clef, Divine Jazz Combo
Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz
Endangered Speeches, the creative brainchild of Greek MC / singer / composer /arranger Mariletta Konstantara, was rooted equally in hip-hop and reggae. Their sound was characterized chiefly by the unique global view brought by each of its 13 members.   Erik was a founding member in 2009 and played with the band until they scattered to the winds in 2013.
While a student at the Clef Club of Jazz,  Erik was a member of a few student formed and lead professional ensembles. Members of these ensembles included Ben Sutin (violin); Jordan Williams, James Santangelo,  and Jerry Tate (keyboards); Dahi Devine, D.J. Turner, and Sonny Step (saxophones); and,  Justin Faulkner and Devon Waring (drums).
Owned & Operated, MOZAIC, Tom Harrison Band, The Danie Ocean Band,  and Anna Wise & the Wisemen were some of Erik’s first professional bands.
From 2004 (at the age of 14) to 2008 Erik spent most of his Saturdays learning music theory, jazz improvisation, jazz bass, and ensemble playing from the many great teachers, guest artists, and students in Lovett Hine’s program at the Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts.
 and educating …
Erik attended The Berklee College of Music (in Boston, MA) where he graduated with honors, and prior to that he had the honor of attending the Pennsylvania Governors School for the Arts.
Berklee College of Music & Pennsylvania Governors School for the Arts
 … a sampling of bands and education
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GRACIE CURRAN & The High Falutin’ Band
The Blind Woods (a.k.a. The Andrea Belanger Band)
Erik was a member of songwriter Nick Lattanzi’s band Sun Cut  Flat from its founding in Boston in 2009 through 2015.
Erik was the band’s touring bass player during 2014 and off and on again since.   One of the highlights was playing at the American Blues Association’s Awards Ceremony, where the band was nominated  as the best new act.
INCUS
The Blind Woods were formed by singer/songwriter Andrea Belanger in 2011 after she was voted the winner of a contest on Sonicbids to play at the Bonneroo  Music and Arts Festival.  They were invited  back to perform the next year.
INCUS  brings influences from Middle Eastern, Native American, African, and Eastern European musical traditions, to  the American Tribal music movement.   Erik was the band’s bass player during 2012  into 2013.  Highlights were playing the  Festival Internacional de las Artes (FIA) and Envision Festivals in Costa Rica, and fire dances. Ryan Duchene, Ricky Petraglia, and Erik first played together in the “Blind Woods” (a.k.a.“The Andrea Belanger Band”).  (Among that band’s many performances were 2011 and 2012 appearances at the Bonneroo Music  Festival.) Blending their diverse musical backgrounds - ranging from folk tohip-hop, country, and jazz to electronica - each member spins their own unique section of the collective cosmic web of Americana.
M O R N I N G   M A R T Y R S
Erik Kramer and Friends   Erik performs his original music under the moniker of “Erik Kramer and Friends”, which is composed of  Erik, Melina Harris, Sean Lally, and a rotating  group of  excellent  musicians.
Bands, Sideman, and Session Work    Erik performs on bass guitar, double bass, guitar, and vocals in bands and as an accompanist. Some of the bands that he is currently performing with are ‘Uprooted’ (formerly known as ‘Rusted Root’), ‘Darlingtyn’, ‘Luke & the Ego’, Taylor Kelly, ‘Jacopo and the Late Saints’, and ‘Townstreet Criers’.
Erik Kramer Jazz Combo  Erik performs jazz gigs with the excellent musicians he has met along the way, including at The Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz, The Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts, and at The Berklee College of Music.
Erik teaches bass, guitar, piano, drums, ensemble playing, and music theory to private  students as well as at the Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and for music schools.   He also offers music production and recording services. F O R M E R   B A N D S

Erik Kramer

music bio

C L I C K   O N   P H O T O S   T O   E N L A R G E
 … a sampling of bands and education

Erik Kramer music bio

Erik Kramer and Friends    Erik performs his  original music under the moniker of  “Erik Kramer and  Friends”, which is  composed of  Erik,  Melina Harris, Sean  Lally, and a rotating   group of  excellent  musicians.
Sideman and  Session Work Erik performs on bass guitar, double bass, guitar, and vocals as part of bands and as an accompanist with many other artists. He is a member of ‘Uprooted’ (f.k.a. ‘Rusted Root’) and several other bands.     In addition to playing on recordings by his former  bands, he has played on the recordings of Sonnymoon, and Aria and many others.
ENDANGERED  SPEECHES
Endangered Speeches, the creative brainchild of Greek MC / singer / composer /arranger Mariletta Konstantara, was rooted equally in hip-hop and reggae. Their sound was characterized chiefly by the unique global view brought by each of its 13 members.   Erik was a founding member in 2009 and played with the band until they scattered to the winds in 2013.
Ryan Duchene, Ricky Petraglia, and Erik first played together in the “Blind Woods” (a.k.a.“The Andrea Belanger Band”).  (Among that band’s many performances were 2011 and 2012 appearances at the Bonneroo Music  Festival.) Blending their diverse musical backgrounds - ranging from folk to hip-hop, country, and jazz to electronica - each member spins their own unique section of the collective cosmic web of Americana. M O R N I N G   M A R T Y R S
S U N   C U T   F L A T
Erik was a member of songwriter Nick Lattanzi’s band Sun Cut  Flat from its founding in Boston in 2009 through 2015.
GRACIE CURRAN and  The High Falutin’ Band
Erik was the band’s touring bass player during 2014 and off and on again since.   One of the highlights was playing at the American Blues Association’s Awards Ceremony, where the band was nominated  as the best new act.
~ Young Lions Jazz Trio ~ ~ Jumpin’ Off a Clef ~ ~ Divine Jazz Combo ~
While a student at the Clef Club of Jazz,  Erik was a member of a few student formed and lead professional ensembles.