Eric Olsen, Louis Caimano Jr.

Eric Olsen has crafted a distinguished career in both classical and jazz music, as a pianist and organist, composer, and conductor.
Mr. Olsen has many recordings to his credit.  Dyad, a collaborative jazz/classical duet with alto saxophonist Louis Caimano, is his most recent release.  The CD features a seamless combination of jazz and classical styles coined The Third Stream in the 1970?s.  There are distinctive compositions by both performers, played with moving artistry.  Jazz Improv Magazine said of Dyad:  ??’The Hallucinogenic Toreador’ is a gorgeous Spanish-tinged Olsen composition.  A Piazzolla sound or influence can be heard in this piece and romance and intrigue are born out of Olsen’s wonderful playing.?  Paquito D?Rivera, Grammy winning saxophonist and composer, says of Dyad: ?Caimano and Olsen go back and forth through the too often forbidden borders between Classical and Jazz, with the ease of a couple of North-Mexican coyotes crossing the Rio Grande. Please keep up the good work!?
Other recordings by Mr. Olsen include Jazz Inspired Classics, featuring works by American composers including Copland, Schuller, Gould, Nancarrow, and others.  The works combine jazz rhythms and melodic inflections with classical forms and compositional techniques.  The CD features the world premiere recording of Five Short Pieces (1970) by David N. Baker, the celebrated jazz educator, and one of Mr. Olsen?s professors at Indiana University.  As composer and leader of his long-standing jazz group Urban Survival, Mr. Olsen has released two CD?s, one with acclaimed tenor saxophonist George Garzone.  John Gilbert of ejazznews referred to Eric as ?a top notch jazz artist?.  Eric has also performed with guitarists Bucky Pizzarelli and Ed Cherry, sideman to Dizzy Gillespie.
Mr. Olsen has worked with a wide variety of distinguished artists throughout his career.  He has accompanied operatic bass Kevin Maynor on three recordings, the Grammy-nominated CD The Black Art Song, Jazz Hymns, and From Another American.  The New Mexican newspaper emphatically stated, ?Eric Olsen is a singer?s dream of a piano accompanist?.  He recently collaborated with Kevin Maynor and former NJ Poet Laureate Amiri Baraka on his multimedia work Sisyphus Syndrome, and on a performance of Dorothy Rudd Moore?s opera Frederick Douglas.  He has also accompanied for the internationally renowned vocal studios of Betty Allen, Klara Barlow, Walter Cassel, Patricia Cioffi, Margaret Harshaw, James King, Martha Lipton, Giorgio Tozzi, and Virginia Zeani.
Eric Olsen has performed at Carnegie Hall, Birdland, and the Knitting Factory, and overseas in France, Germany, India and New Zealand.  Mr. Olsen has been a featured soloist with the Livingston Symphony, the Central Jersey Symphony, and the Orchard Park Symphony.   He has been a featured jazz performer at the AT&T, Berk?s, and Asbury Park Jazz Festivals.  He has given numerous classical and jazz piano recitals in the NY Metropolitan area.
Mr. Olsen is Director of Music and Organist at the Union Congregational Church in Montclair, NJ.   He has conducted Faur