Born: July 9, 1961
A unique blend of symphonic instruments with jazzy undertones, JasmPhonia is the nom de guerre of Eric Soleil, a gifted multi-instrumentalist/composer who utilizes acoustic symphonic voices and midi composition to create a rich mixture of chamber music and Nu-jazz styling. Eric has compiled his first CD, Ad Astra Per Aspera (To The Stars Thru Difficulty).
For the longest time, Eric felt deeply riveted in classical music, particularly material from the baroque period. Even as a youngster he can remember feeling transported by this music's linear melody lines and their complex harmonic counterpoints. Couple this with his intrinsic adoration for American jazz music, with it's sense of interpretive freedom, lush, syncopated beats, and the ever-present mandate to swing, and one might see how he quite naturally gravitated to incorporating some classic orchestral voices with some neo-Baroque, jazzified idioms; hence Jazz-Symphonia!...