Travel Poems is music for explorers. Step aboard here, to embark; together we'll roam city and sea and stars.
The air is made of music.
Atoms play, particles dance, ripe notes fall from shaking trees. Wherever we go, melodies appear — soundtracks begin performing themselves.
This collection of Travel Poems was composed around the world, recorded on dozens of pianos, each song carrying, bottled, the essence of a place in a peculiar moment. Each song is a postcard.
Every postcard comes from somewhere. Just as important, the recipient of a postcard is, however faintly and briefly, transported to the location+mind coordinates of its authorship.
So it might seem.
“Chapter 1 . Secret towns” released 28 Aug 2020
Chapters 2 and 3 release with tour / live storytelling / roving art exhibition Fall 2022. You can have advance access to these, only on Bandcamp ❤️ here:
JAZZIZ Magazine premiere of “Foot of the Carpathians” with longform interview, 31 July: jazziz.com/qa-eric-pan-travel-poems
Public Radio International (PRI) feature of “Discovery after Dark” and “Wheelhouse of Wonder (Welcome Home)” with interview and audio, 31 Aug: pri.org/stories/2020-08-31/travel-takes-new-meaning-jazz-pianist-s-latest-album
releases October 11, 2022
Eric Pan creates novel and transportive experiences for audiences, incorporating musical performance, improvisation, collaboration, and immersive storytelling.
This year, he releases a three-volume album titled Travel Poems. It's an unconventional debut. In the rainforests of Costa Rica, what began as a series of song-postcards based on stories of people and places soon blossomed a recording tour, leading to pianos across four continents. The resulting 30-track sonic kaleidoscope boasts solo, duo, and trio performances, threaded through soundscape narratives also curated from around the world.
Live performances of Travel Poems feature its expansive repertoire, and additionally explore a complementary idea: how music is itself a means of travel. Eric delivers his peculiar vision for immersive storytelling, interwoven with song and collective improvisation, to carry audiences into a variety of sound-imagination spaces.
Chapter 3 . There is no path back:
Nir Sabag - drums on “Sunrise Market”, “View from a Llama”, “Honey and Spirits”, “Bright Macedonia"
Hugo Reydet - bass on “View from a Llama”, “Bright Macedonia"
Trilogy album recorded in countries across four continents by Eric Pan and Brian Trahan.
Mixed by Brian Trahan in New York and Berlin: instagram.com/briantrahantruly
Mastered by Ruairi O’Flaherty in Los Angeles
Cover painting by Krys Unverzagt: instagram.com/cokuun_art
Calligraphy by Jitesh Patel
Full credits for found-sound collaborators at TravelPoems.com#about
Released under Falling Sea: fallingsea.com
GORGEOUS ALBUM SITE: travelpoems.com
ALSO NICE ARTIST SITE: ericpan.org
“View from a Llama” TEASER VIDEO: vimeo.com/242965350