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As a 4th generation musician Erik-Peter Mortensen (aka Erik or EP) started singing professionally since the age of 9, first at the Metropolitan & New York City Opera Children's Choruses, and then in many professional choirs through the present (most recently with the Schola of St. Agnes Church, in midtown Manhattan. Having naturally developed a passionate love for Early, Baroque, and Classical music, he wishes to make the beauty of these earlier styles appeal to much wider audiences, either through fusing it with other musical styles, creating new styles, or promulgating it through his own music scoring for films, video games, and other multimedia formats. EP holds a Music link. from Columbia University, NY and a Master Certificate for Orchestration for FIlm and TV from Berklee Music, MA.
While attending St. Hilda's and St. Hugh's High School in New York, he was a bass and founding member of its madrigal ensemble, The Not-Ready-for-Roylaty Singers (NRFRS), and performed in many concert programs and outside performances, developing a particular knowledge and passion for this style of singing. While subsequently enrolled at Columbia University, he founded the New York Madrigal Singers (NYMS) during his junior year. The ensemble performed dozens of times over the next 7 years, producing several CD's worth of recordings, and receiving two favorable reviews by Alan Kozin, music critic of The New York Times.
Also at Columbia, Erik-Peter studied "Renaissance Counterpoint" with David Rakowski, "Advanced Composition" with Jeff Nichols, and "Counterpoint in the style of link. Bach" with Severine Neff. Thus it's no coincidence that since his graduation in 1992 with a link. in music, Cum Laude, much of EP's orchestral and instrumental compositional styles have been greatly influenced by Bach, while his choral works remain greatly influenced by the High Renaissance masters. In 2015, he completed his "Master Certificate for Orchestration for Film & TV" at link, the online extension of Berklee College of Music with a 4.0 GPA.
Not only a performer, composer and conductor, Erik-Peter is also a professional audio engineer, and has created his own production company called "Papagena Productions" (in tribute to one of his favorite Mozart opera characters from "The Magic Flute"), of which "Cathedral Records" is its main independent label. The mission of Cathedral is to produce and release a broad range of old, new and hybrid works with a Classical Music influence.
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- Over 100
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- More than 3 times per week
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- 4-5 nights a week
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Representing the experimental (he would call it 'multi-dimensional'!) end of the spectrum, Erik-Peter's masterful compositions, songs and recordings are typified by a hybrid writing style which combines Medieval and Renaissance modal synthesis with Baroque and Classical counterpoint and harmonic language, all suffused with Romantic passion, in order to create pieces of symphonic & sweeping orchestral impact.
??If you imagine the epic film scores of composer John Williams, you're on the right track to imagining Erik-Peter's music-- however, to get all the way there, you also need to imagine all of the above becoming fused with bouncy pop, rock, folk, world and dance grooves and traditions.??
Erik-Peter, or EP, is equally at home with each of these techniques and styles. His wide-ranging music shows us that he is just as capable of creating a strictly Baroque fugue on subjects as varied as the melodies of 'Mr. Softee' and 'Hey Jude', as he is in combining the varied stylistic elements of rock, Gregorian Chant, and classic Hollywood (with the occasional touch of flamenco guitar) as he has done in some of his more recent creations, such as his popular song 'Hero's Quest' and the film-score worthy 'Dragon Song'.
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- Electronic Music:
iMac mi-2011 32G Ram i7. Cubase 10, Thousands of dollars of of virtual instruments and sample libraries in almost every genre. For field recording, 2 AT2050 mics, 2 Zoom HN6's, 2 Zoom H2N's.
Dragon Song Genre: World
Blue Skies Genre: World
Tancredi Mourning at the Tomb of Clorinda
Tancredi Mourning at the Tomb of Clorinda Genre: Classical
You'll be Mine
You'll be Mine Genre: Calypso
Lamentations of Jeremiah-Part 1
Lamentations of Jeremiah-Part 1 Genre: Classical
Whispers in the Night
Whispers in the Night Genre: Acoustic
We Sing for You
We Sing for You Genre: Pop
Celestial Celebrants: Ave Maria
Celestial Celebrants: Ave Maria Genre: World
You Belong to My Heart-Cha Cha Cover
You Belong to My Heart-Cha Cha Cover Genre: Cover/Tribute
Love Takes a Little TIme
Love Takes a Little TIme Genre: Americana
I Loved you Once-Club Mix-2016-10-07
I Loved you Once-Club Mix-2016-10-07 Genre: Electronic
A Pharisee Went Up
A Pharisee Went Up Genre: Classical
Lovin You is More Than I Could Hope For
Lovin You is More Than I Could Hope For Genre: Southern Rock
A Place Called Earth
A Place Called Earth Genre: Classic Rock
Great is Your Love
Great is Your Love Genre: Christian Contemporary
We Are Animals
We Are Animals Genre: Funk
Sky Full of Stars: Cover
Sky Full of Stars: Cover Genre: Cover/Tribute