Eric Funk

Composer

Eric Funk is an American contemporary classical composer and conductor. Originally from Deer Lodge, Montana, he currently resides in Bozeman, Montana, where he teaches music courses at Montana State University.


(Cover photo courtesy Rick Smith/Montana PBS)

PRESS APPEARANCES AND REVIEWS

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Pamelia, "Instantaneously appealing!"

New York Daily News

Pamelia, "The piece is in a lively Romantic style that bears traces of Western folk elements and a strong Copland influence."

New York Times, Allan Kozinn

Dance Concertare, "The highlight of the program was Eric Funk's prize winning Dance Concertare, a pleasingly delicate trough of sound, heavily leaning in the direction of Penderecki."

San Francisco Examiner, Marilyn Tucker

Pamelia, "The orchestration subtly underpins the conversational vocal line to pain a variety of moods and themes.  Sparse textures prevail in the score...these Britten-like transparencies allow the voice to dominate the texture."

The Opera Journal, Gary Mabry

Earth is New Begun, "The highlight of the evening was Eric Funk's remarkable 'Earth is New Begun'...after a somewhat disconcerting preceding fanfare, Funk achieves some genuine lyricism in the body of the work."

Oregon Journal, Martin Clark

Rhayader, "Funk's music major triumph!  The music immediately captures attention and the imagination."

Oregonian, Robert Linstrom

Rhayader, "It was a beautiful, strange, haunting work."

Enterprise Courier, Leroy Schaap

Dance Concertare, "The highlight of the program was Eric Funk's prize winning Dance Concertare, a pleasingly delicate trough of sound, heavily leaning in the direction of Penderecki."

San Francisco Examiner, Marilyn Tucker

Concerto, Op53, "Funk's concerto is a bold work, full of dramatic thrusts, difficult leaps and soaring lines for the horn.  The work developed its expressionistic complexities in sometimes strident, sometimes muted fashion."

Oregonian, David Stabler

 String Quartet No. 2, an homage to Shostakovich, "The most worthwhile music on this disc is Eric Funk's 11-minute String quartet No 2, an homage to Shostakovich.  Funk's long opening Adagio explores a vein of deeply felt grief in a moving threnody that descends to the depths of unmitigated despair.  Icy high harmonics and grinding chords lead to a benumbed coda, and while ending in bleak resignation, this music manages to attain a moving eloquence.  The violent and abrupt Presto makes an apt and unnerving postscript.  While inspired by Shostakovich, Funk's quartet remains an individual work, and in its construction and intensity of utterance it is both moving and compelling.  All performances are first-rate, especially the Moyzes Quartet's rendering of the Funk Quartet, which is sharply incisive and played with great sensitivity." (MMC Chamber Music Series, Vol 2. Slanicoa/Jablokov. MM July/August 1998, Volume: 21, #6

Fanfare Magazine, Lawrence A. Johnson

"American composer Eric funk has written a number of works for double bass in recent years.  "Aria" was composed in 2017, having originally been commissioned for Teppo-Fest 2016, but was delayed because of illness.  Based on a poem by Finnish poet Jouni Inkala, the musical line follows the English translation, word for wor, in a free-flowing and elegant soliloquy.  Atmospheric and evocative, there are elements of dramatic tension and passion, contrasting phrases of a more lyrical and cantabile nature.  the occasional pizzicato notes ground the piece, varying the colour and texture, and it ends slowly and quietly with a short coda-like phrase with an eerily atmospheric sul ponticello effect.  "Aria" is marked 'contemplative, inward turned' with music of a spare and ethereal nature and was recorded by David Heyes on 25 July 2017 for Prima Facie Records."  [News from the Basement, Newsletter no 56, December 2017-January 2018].

Copyright Eric Funk, 2013