Eric Olsen - Pianist and Arranger
Eric Olsen has crafted a distinguished career in both classical and jazz music, as a pianist and organist, composer, and conductor. He has worked, recorded, or collaborated with classical musicians and opera singers Betty Allen, Klara Barlow, Walter Cassel, Margaret Harshaw, Martha Lipton, Kevin Maynor, Steve Oosting, Giorgio Tozzi, and Virginia Zeani; and jazz musicians David Baker, Don Braden, Cecil Brooks III, Ed Cherry, Ratzo B. Harris, Billy Hart, Tim Horner, John Isley, Steve Johns, Marshall McDonald, Bucky Pizzarelli, among many others. His discography includes classical recordings as a soloist, accompanist and choral music conductor, jazz recordings, and recordings for meditation. He has recorded four albums with Kevin Maynor, including the Grammy nominated Black Art Song in 2000. Olsen has also performed at jazz festivals, in recitals, at Carnegie Hall's Stern and Weill Halls, at Birdland, and the Knitting Factory, and overseas in France, Germany, India, New Zealand, and Fiji. In addition to maintaining a busy performing schedule, he is an Adjunct Faculty member at Montclair State University and Caldwell College, and a member of the Piano Faculty at the Judith Wharton Music Center in Berkeley Heights, NJ.
More information can be found at www.ericolsenmusic.com.
Lou Caimano - Alto Saxophone and Arranger
Lou Caimano is a saxophonist, composer, educator and administrator, and has been a working member of the Greater New York area musician's free-lance community since 1981. He is the composer/arranger of numerous jazz fusion, new age and commercial compositions, including the CDs "Manhattan Twilight" and the first "Dyad" collaboration with Eric Olsen. He has performed as part of the Broadway orchestras of A Chorus Line, Baby, CATS, Dancin', David Copperfield, Evita, 42nd Street, La Cage Aux Folles, Mame, Manhattan Showboat, Woman of the Year and Shrek the Musical. He has also played sax for "Salaire" at Grand Theatre de Bordeaux, Musique Municipal, Orchestre de Harmonie, and the Lansing Symphony. Caimano also has extensive experience performing with various jazz and pop acts including Clark Terry, Nancy Wilson, Gary Burton, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Rita Moreno, and Jerry Vale. He has also appeared in the movies "Muppets Take Manhattan" and "The Juror." He is currently the director of The Ridgewood Conservatory, a private Fine Arts school in Paramus, NJ, that he founded in 1998.
More information can be found at www.ringwoodrecords.com.