Eric has been playing professionally since his early teens. Eric is a drummer, composer, Tabla player & music educator. He was born in and resides in New York City.
Eric studied composition with the legendary Jimmy Heath; Drumming with Dominic Moio, student of the late great Alan Dawson; also with Elliot Zygmund, Akira Tana, and with James Preiss;
Desi Rhythms and Tabla with the late Ustad: Mulazim Hussain, Radio and Television artist formerly of Islamabad, Pakistani, Oveh Ha Shalom. He also studied tabla with Khurshid Hassan of Lahore, Pakistan.
Best of JazzChicago.net 2007
“Eclectic music to spark your imagination” - Jimmy Heath
“Fascinating music. I love talented drummers, and there’s such a talent in there. Keep your eyes out for this one.” -Armand DeMille- WBAI NYC
“Eric Alabaster is a creative composer who combines the world music influence to jazz and has come out with one of the most innovative records I have heard in sometime” Steve Caputo- Inside Connection Magazine
...a truly interesting and entertaining blend of American Jazz, Caribbean, Indian and Pakistani and other world music. Alabaster’s years of playing with a wide range of artists from throughout the globe has influenced his effort here and the upshot is a release that should please adventurous listeners tired of the same listening experience.
Alabaster has assembled a stellar cast to create his visionary sounds: “Jazz Passengers” leader Roy Nathanson lends his talents on alto and soprano sax, adding several tasty solos, while trumpeter Duane Eubanks provides his usual exemplary sounds
Willing to teach
Eric teaches Drumset, Tabla and Composition. He received his M.A. Music Performance Queens College, N.Y.where he studied with Jimmy Heath.
He has done clinics and workshops at various colleges and retreats, most recently at Harbin Resort and Conference Center in Californa.
You can contact him at: Eric@alabastermuzik.com
Tabla and South Asian (India/Pakistan and Bangla Deshi rhythms. Engaging workshops for musicians and non-musicians