Having learned intensively and extensively in Kolkata, India, for over 15 years, Eric Fraser is a senior disciple of the legendary bansuri flute artist Pandit Gopal Roy, one of the only masters of the original "gayaki-ang" or vocal style of bansuri flute. Eric's bansuri playing rings with authenticity and pure Indian tone, carrying a distinct and masterful sound quite original in its quality. The lineage of classical bansuri pioneer Pannalal Ghosh and PT. Gour Goswami, is delightfully alive in this unique style from Kolkata.
Eric Fraser is also a multi-instrumentalist, educator, composer, and music therapist (MA, MT-BC). Bridging his experience as a composer and songwriter, Eric's orientation to Indian classical music serves as an inspiration for melody, and a creative tool for improvisation in original styles of an American indie songwriting; incorporating singing, human beat boxing, guitar, keyboard, electronics and looping.
Eric is currenlty a full time professor of music therapy at SUNY, New Paltz, and 2010 Fulbright senior research scholar for Indian classical music. He is also a co-founder of the Brooklyn Raga Massive, and has toured, recorded, performed and collaborated with a great list of artists including Pandit Krishna Bhatt, Pandit Ramesh Mishra, Steve Gorn, Arturo O'farrell and Bollywood composer A.R Rahman at Carnegie Hall and many more, including radio performances (NPR morning edition and WKCR New York).